Aug. 21, 2014
FORT WORTH - The TCU women's soccer team officially kicks off the 2014-15 athletic year Friday night when they open the season against Washington State. The match will be televised on the Pac-12 Network at 7 p.m. (CT).
TCU QUICK HITS
The 2014 TCU roster features 12 returners and 17 newcomers. The 12 newcomers are the fewest in the Big 12.
Twenty-five of the 29 players on the roster are underclassman.
TCU was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12.
Junior Bobbi Clemmer was tabbed a preseason All-Big 12 performer for the second straight season.
The duo of junior Makenzie Koch and sophomore Michelle Prokof scored 12 of TCU's 18 goals in 2013.
In just two seasons, Koch has climbed the career charts and ranks tied for fifth all-time with 12 assists. She needs one assist to tie Jordan Calhoun for fourth and two to move into a third place tie with Tiffany Goetz.
Senior goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold is back for her final season. She ranks second all-time with 12 shutouts and fifth with 160 career saves.
Sophomore Lauren Sajewich was the only Horned Frog to start and play every minute of all 19 matches last season.
WASHINGTON STATE QUICK HITS
Washington State will be playing its first game under the guidance of first-year head coach Steve Nugent
The Cougars are receiving votes in the preseason soccer polls.
Washington State was picked to finish sixth in the Pac 12.
Nicole Setterlund, the team's leading returning scorer, was named a third-team preseason All-American.
In goal, Clair Gurveen returns for her senior season. She posted 14 shutouts and had an .825 save percentage while making 52 saves in 2013.
Lauren Sajewich proved to be a durable athlete in her first season on campus. She was one of three Horned Frogs to play in all 19 matches, but the only one to have started all 19. In addition, she played every single minute of every single match. She picked up her lone goal of the season at No. 9 West Virginia. Four of her eight shots were on goal.
TCU is opening a season away from home for the fifth straight season. The Horned Frogs are 1-3-1 in the last five season openers, including 0-1-1 under the guidance of coach Bell. Overall, TCU is 11-16-1 in season openers, including 4-8-1 in opening matches on the road.
MILES AND MILES
The TCU soccer program has logged many miles in its 28-year history. Along the way, it has visited 30 states. This season, the Horned Frogs will make their way to a never before visited location when they open the season at Washington State.
A KEY COG
Makenzie Koch has proved an integral part of the TCU offense in her two seasons on campus. The Horned Frogs scored 18 goals in 2013 and of those 18 Koch had her hand in 11 of those. She tallied four goals and seven assists for 15 points. She missed the final 11 games of the 2012 campaign, but at the time of her injury, she had 11 points and had played a part in eight (3 goals and 5 assists) of the 11 goals scored by TCU to that point.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Although she has spent just two seasons between the pipes, Vittoria Arnold has already put her stamp on the TCU record books. In her first season, Arnold tied a school record with eight shutouts. She has added four blankings in 2013 to give her 12 for her career. Arnold ranks second all-time with the 12 shutouts, just six behind the career- leader Maribeth Forrest who finished her career with 18. In 2012, she was the seventh goalkeeper to tally over 100 saves in a season finishing with 105. In 2013, Arnold stopped 55 shots, giving her 160 for her career. That mark ranks fifth all-time.