Junior Brandi Peterson scored her first career goal 33 seconds into overtime to lift the Horned Frogs to a 2-1 victory over the No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Friday night.
“It’s a tough place to play. It was a great performance by Oklahoma State,” head coach Eric Bell said. “They are a tough team to break down and score on. Credit to our group for finding a way to do that. I’m very proud of our group for what they were able to accomplish here in a tough environment.”
Oklahoma State opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a goal from Hannah Webb. This was the first goal that has been allowed by TCU this season.
TCU was the opposite. Though they had 14 total shots, they wouldn’t find the back of the net till the 85th minute, when sophomore forward Grace Collins’ shot deflected off the foot of junior forward Maddy Warren to tie the game at one. This was Warren’s first goal of the season.
Goalie Emily Alvarado kept the game tied at one through the end of regulation, with five of her seven saves coming in the second half.
“We thought when we went into the half, they (Oklahoma State) were looking a little tired. So, we wanted to stick with the game plan of passing the ball, moving the ball, and changing the point of attack,” Bell said. “I think that paid off in the second half.”
Peterson then completed TCU’s comeback with her strike in the opening moments of overtime. The two Horned Frog goals had been scored in the final 4:33 of the game.
“They got really tired and stretched, so when overtime started, the seams and openings were very big, and Brandi took advantage of that,” Bell said. “It was a great goal, a great shot. She’s shown that sometimes in practice, but credit to her for doing it in the big stage of the game.”
Entering the game at fifth, Oklahoma State was TCU’s highest-ranked opponent to defeat in program history.
The Frogs now sit in first place in the Big 12, and they will return home Friday, Oct. 16 to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders.