TCU Begins Big 12 Era at New Mexico Friday

Monica Alvarado

Monica Alvarado

Aug. 16, 2012


GAMETRACKER

FORT WORTH - Friday night's women's soccer match at New Mexico marks the start of a new era under head coach Eric Bell. The match, slated to begin at 7 p.m. CT. marks the fifth time in the last six seasons the Horned Frogs have opened the season on the road.

FOLLOW THE HORNED FROGS
Frog fans that are unable to attend Friday's match can follow the action online. Live stats through Gametracker will be featured at GoFrogs.com.

SCOUTING NEW MEXICO
The Lobos are the two-time defending Mountain West Conference champions, making it to the NCAA College Cup for the second consecutive season in 2011. New Mexico returns seven starters and 14 letterwinners from last season's squad.

The player to watch on UNM is senior goalkeeper Kelli Cornell, the two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

TCU-UNM SERIES HISTORY
The Lobos lead the all-time series 7-3-2. Friday's match-up marks the first time since the 1995 season that TCU and New Mexico meet as non-conference foes. Both teams were conference opponents during stints in the WAC and Mountain West.

TCU's last victory in the series came via a 3-1 in Fort Worth on Oct. 5, 2008. The Horned Frogs' lone win in Albuquerque was a 1-0 win on Oct. 14, 2007.

A NEW ERA
The TCU soccer program is entering its 27th season and along with that comes a new face at the helm. Eric Bell became just the third head coach in the program's history when he was hired back in December. For Bell, it's his first Division I head coaching job, but he brings a wealth of experience with him, having succeeded at the highest level at Florida State.

A NEW ERA, TAKE 2
July 1 marked a milestone in TCU athletics history when it officially became a member of the Big 12 Conference. It marks the Horned Frogs fourth conference since the demise of the Southwest Conference in the summer of 1996.

TCU has played each of its new league foes at least once with the exception of Kansas and West Virginia. In their history, the Horned Frogs are 23-26-4 against the Big 12 as it stands today.

The Frogs have squared off against Texas Tech the most of any opponent and own an 11-6-2 record all-time against the Red Raiders.

A MATCH OF FIRSTS
The match marks the start of TCU's athletics calendar for 2012-13 and it marks TCU's first official competition as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

LOOKING AHEAD
The Horned Frogs begin their home slate Friday, Aug. 24 against Montana as part of the TCU Invitational. TCU will then take on Stephen F. Austin on Sunday, Aug. 26.


 

 


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