Aug 22, 2013
FORT WORTH -
The TCU women's soccer team will kick off the 2013-14 athletic season Friday afternoon when it takes part in the Montana Kickoff Invitational. The first match of the weekend will see TCU face Wyoming at 4 p.m. (CT). Sunday's match against Air Force is slated for an 11:30 a.m. start.
TCU returns 10 letterwinners, including eight starters from last year's squad that finished 7-10-4 and advanced to the Big 12 Tournament Championship game.
Additionally, the Horned Frogs welcomed 15 newcomers to the squad. The group was ranked in the top 45 of the All White Kit recruiting rankings.
After earning a spot on the Big 12 All-Newcomer squad in 2012, sophomore Bobbi Clemmer was tabbed a preseason All-Big 12 performer.
After a record-breaking first season with TCU, junior Vittoria Arnold returns in goal. She currently ranks fifth all-time in shutouts (8) and eighth all-time in saves.
Seniors Brittany Slyman and Kelly Johnson are the top returning goal scorers from a year ago with points. Both scored four goals and tallied a pair of assists.
Sophomore Makenzie Koch will make her return to the pitch after suffering a season-ending injury 10 games into the 2012 season. She led the team with 11 points (three goals and five assists) at the time of her injury.
Wyoming is coming off an 8-8-2 2012 season and returns seven starters.
The Cowgirls were picked to finish seventh in the Mountain West despite returning three all-conference performers in Lucie McDowell, Liz O'Reilly and Sara Paul.
McDowell and Olivia Mohtadi are the top returning goal scorers with five each in 2012. Paul led the team with 14 points (2 goals and 10 assists).
Wyoming will have a big hole to fill in between the pipes as both goalkeepers from a year ago have graduated.
Wyoming head coach Pete Cuadrado is in his second year as the head coach. He was a 2000 graduate of TCU and a member of the men's soccer program for four years.
AIR FORCE NOTABLES
Air Force returns 13 letterwinners and six starters from last season's squad that posted a 5-9-3 record.
Additionally, the Falcons welcomed 12 newcomers to the squad this fall. The group was the second ranked recruiting class in the Mountain West by All White Kit.
Senior Megan Dozier and junior Kylie Williamson were named preseason All-Mountain West.
In goal, senior Kelly Stambaugh returns. She ranks in the career top 10 of most goalkeeping categories, including wins (17), minutes (4,479), saves (245), shutouts (14) and goals against average (1.06).
The Falcons played a pair of exhibition games in Taos, N.M. against Colorado Mesa and Fort Lewis.
THE YOUTH MOVEMENT
This fall the TCU Horned Frogs welcomed 15 newcomers to the squad. The class is made up of 13 freshmen and two transfers.
Making their way to the TCU campus via different schools were Lexi Harris and Maddie Payne. Harris transferred in the spring from Texas, while Payne headed to TCU this fall from Boston College.
Six members of the class hail from the state of Texas, while three others come from Illinois. Two are natives of California and one each comes from Florida and Oregon. Patry Carrion holds the distinction of being the first Horned Frog soccer player from the country of Spain.
TCU will play its first four matches of the season on the road to open up the 2013 campaign. It marks the first time in program history that the squad will spend the first two weekends of the season away from home.
The Frogs will play a total of nine road matches this season. Of the 10 non-conference matches, five of them will be on the road.
RAISING HER GAME
Vittoria Arnold stepped up her level of play in the last six games of the 2012 season to help the Frogs qualify for the Big 12 championships. She notched at least 10 saves in two of those matches.
Arnold had a career-high 12 saves in a 1-1 tie against Texas Tech. In a 2-0 loss to Baylor, Arnold tallied 10 saves.
She ranked second in the league with a total of 105 saves. The 105 saves ranked fifth all-time at TCU. She was just the seventh goalkeeper to surpass 100 saves in a single season at TCU.
Her .808 save percentage was third-best in the Big 12. She led the league with an average of 5.00 saves per game.
The eight total shutouts tied for the most in a single season for one goalkeeper. She tied with Maribeth Forrest, who notched eight shutouts in 1988.
All seven of TCU's 2012 victories came via the shutout. It marked the second straight season the Horned Frogs notched at least five shutouts in a season. Additionally, the Horned Frogs tied the school record with eight shutouts. In 1988, the Frogs posted eight blankings.
NON-CONFERENCE MATCH HISTORY
The non-conference schedule has been kind to the Horned Frogs over the last four-plus seasons. Since the start of 2008, the Frogs are 34-22-4 in non-conference action.
In its history, TCU is 171-186-26 in non-conference play. TCU didn't start playing conference games until the 1995 season. Since joining a conference, TCU is 97-107-13 in non-conference play.
Thursday's venture to Montana will be a first for the program. In its 27 years of existence, the soccer team has traveled to 28 of the 50 stats.