Courtesy: Ilya Pinchuk (Moscow, Idaho)
Vandals Drop Home Opener
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 08/24/2014
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MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho fell in their home opener against Texas Christian in front of an enthusiastic crowd Sunday afternoon. The Vandals were held off the scoreboard for the first time this season.

“I am proud of our kids for how they fought and defended today,” head coach Derek Pittman said. “For us to only give up four shots on goal even though there were 19 shots total means that we forced them to take a lot of bad shots. Honestly, I thought our kids played really well today.”

The Vandals played TCU tight in the first half with the Horned Frogs edging Idaho in shots on goal, 2-1. TCU found the back of the net early in the first half when Eryn Spencer and Lauren Sajewich combined on a corner kick. Spencer hit the ball off the corner kick to the back post where Sajewich beat Torell Stewart at the 14:41 mark of the first half.

The physicality of the game intensified in the second half with the Vandals drawing their second yellow card midway through the period. The aggressive play of defender Amanda Pease drew the whistle from the officials leading to a red card to TCU assistant coach Kelsey Davis.

"We play hard, we are not afraid to tackle and to play physical," Pittman said. "If they took it offensively it was nothing personal it was all business. I am proud of our team we don't coach them to be physical we coach them to play hard."

Immediately following the ejection, TCU’s Makenzie Koch sent the ball on net hitting the bottom half of the cross bar resulting in confusion, play continued until the whistle was blown dead when the head official and line judge ruled the shot across the goal line.

On the day freshman Josilyn Daggs lead the team in shots with two, while sophomore keeper Stewart made two saves.

The Vandals are back in action Friday at Guy Wicks Field in a non-conference game against Eastern Washington. Game time is set for 5 p.m.