Makenzie Koch has scored on of TCU's two goals this season.
Aug. 28, 2014
FORT WORTH -
The TCU women's soccer team kicks off a four-match homestand beginning Friday night when it hosts Missouri. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal.
The Horned Frogs opened the 2014 season with a road split, dropping a 3-0 decision to Washington State and earning a 2-0 win at Idaho.
Seven Horned Frogs made their first career start in the season-opener at Washington State.
Courtney Hofer made 10 saves in her collegiate debut against Washington State.
Vittoria Arnold made three saves in Sunday's win to tally her 13th career shutout.
Lauren Sajewich and Makenzie Koch were the goal-scorers for TCU.
Eryn Spencer notched her first career point with an assist on Lauren Sajewich's goal against Idaho.
The TCU offense outshot both opponents this past weekend, collecting a total of 36.
TCU generated 13 corner kicks over the weekend.
Missouri returns 15 letterwinners and eight starters from last season. The Tigers also welcomed eight newcomers.
Missouri played to a 0-0 draw against Syracuse in its first match of the season before dropping a 3-2 decision to West Virginia on Sunday.
Starting goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein made four saves on Friday to pick up her first shutout of the season.
The Tigers allowed three unanswered goals in a 3-2 loss to West Virginia.
Seniors Taylor Grant and Kaysie Clark teamed up on both Tiger goals against West Virginia. Grant scored both goals on Clark assists.
HOME SWEET HOME
TCU opens a four-match homestand on Friday against Missouri. The friendly confines of Garvey-Rosenthal have been kind to the Frogs over the years. Since it opened in 2000, TCU has a 59-52-14 record.
The Horned Frog offense may have scored just two goals, but it wasn't for lack of trying. TCU outshot both opponents last week, sending a total of 36 towards the net. Leading the way in the shot category were freshmen Eryn Spencer and Emma Heckendorn who each took five shots. Right behind them was another freshman, Jill Finnerty who had four.
IN THE CORNER
TCU showed plenty of threat in its offensive game as the Horned Frogs generated 13 corner kicks in the first two matches of the season. Erin Spencer and Makenzie Koch took the lion's share of the kicks, combining to take 12. Spencer leads the way with seven corners and one paid dividends as she connected with Lauren Sajewich for the first goal of the season.
THE YOUTH MOVEMENT
The 2014 roster is littered with youngsters as 25 of the 29 players are underclassmen. The starting lineup in Friday's season-opener at Washington State featured seven newcomers. An additional two newcomers came off the bench in the contest. Combined with Sunday's match at Idaho, a total of 10 newcomers saw time on the pitch.
While her streak of playing every minute of every game came to an end on Friday, Lauren Sajewich is still the locker room leader in consecutive starts. She has played in and started all 21 matches in her career. Additionally, she netted TCU's first goal of the season. The goal against Idaho proved to be the gamewinner and it was her second career goal.
Since joining the Big 12, the TCU faithful have showed their strong support, coming out in record numbers. TCU won the Big 12 attendance crown for the second year in a row, averaging 1,301 fans per match. TCU saw at least 1,200 fans in each of its last four home games. In five of the nine home games in 2013, TCU had at least 1,000 fans. TCU also led the league in 2012 with an average of 1,413 fans per match.
A CLEAN SLATE
Senior Vittoria Arnold made a statement in her first outing of the year, registering a three-save shutout to secure TCU's first win of the season. It's the 13th shutout of her two-plus seasons in a Horned Frog uniform. She is five shutouts away from tying the school record held by Maribeth Forest.