Soccer Kicks Off Athletic Year Friday
TCU Horned Frogs
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(0-0, 0-0 Big Ten Conference)
August 19, 2016 | 6:00 P.M. CT | College Park, Md. | Ludwig Field
Aug. 18, 2016
FORT WORTH -- The TCU women's soccer team will kick off the 2016-17 athletic year Friday night when it plays at Maryland. First touch in College Park, Md is set for 6 p.m.
TCU returns 18 letterwinners and welcomes seven newcomers in 2016.
TCU was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll.
TCU is opening on the road for the eighth straight season.
Michelle Prokof was tabbed a preseason all-conference performer, the first time in her career.
Prokof enters the season ranked fifth all-time in TCU history in points (51) and goals (21).
Shannon Coffer led the team in victories a year ago. Her 0.86 career goals against average ranks No. 1 all-time in TCU history.
Maryland went 6-12-1 a year ago and has to replace its top goal-scorer and starting goalkeeper.
In addition to new head coach Ray Leone, the Terrapins also welcomed six freshman in the fall.
Junior midfielder/defender Madison Turner, sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Egyed and sophomore Cassie Phillips were named Big Ten Players to Watch.
TCU-MARYLAND SERIES NOTABLES
TCU and Maryland met on the soccer pitch for the first time in 2015.
TCU came away with a 2-1 victory over the Terrapins on Sept. 4.
Michelle Prokof scored the first goal of the game and Faith Carter's first career goal was the game-winner.
Shannon Coffer started in goal and stopped four of five shots.
For the eighth straight season, TCU will open the regular season on the road. TCU is 11-18-1 all-time in season-openers, including a 4-10-1 mark in season openers on the road.
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
TCU has a wealth of experience returning in 2016. On the offensive side, the group returns 29 of the 32 goals scored in 2105. Additionally, 27 of the 33 assists return.
From a defensive standpoint, all three goalkeepers who saw action in 2015 return. Three of the four starting defenders also return.
MILES AND MILES
The TCU soccer program has logged many miles in its 30-year history. Along the way, it has visited 31 states. This season, the Horned Frogs will make their way to a never before visited location when they open the season at Maryland.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Michelle Prokof's strong junior campaign has vaulted her up the career charts. Her 51 career points ties her with Jennifer Thompson (1992-95) for fifth all-time, while her 21 goals are also tied for fifth all-time with Jennifer Wolff (1989-92).
FINDING HER RHYTHM
Courtney Hofer returned to the starting goalkeeper role against Oklahoma and helped TCU to four straight ties to end the season. She stopped 19 of 22 shots that came her way, while picking up her first career complete game shutout in the tie against Oklahoma.
After allowing eight goals in her first three starts in 2015, she rebounded with an impressive streak in goal. She made three relief appearances and allowed just one goal. Combined with her four latest starts, Hofer has allowed just four goals in her last 553 minutes in goal.
The defensive trio of Ryan Williams and Lauren Sajewich were staples on the field in 2015. Each played over 1600 minutes last season. Sajewich was on the field the entirety of the last eight games. Williams was on the field for all but three minutes of the final four matches.
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