Soccer Opens Home Slate Friday; Hosts Illinois


Sept. 1, 2016


TCU Horned Frogs
(3-0, 0-0 Big 12 Conference)
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Illinois Fighting Illini
(2-2, 0-0 Big Ten)

September 2, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas. | Garvey-Rosenthal

FORT WORTH - Friday night kicks off a busy month of September for the undefeated TCU women's soccer team. The Horned Frogs, off to their best start since 2009, hosts Illinois to start a five match home stand. First touch is set for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

TCU NOTABLES
• TCU is off to its first 3-0 start to a season since the 2009 season when it also started 3-0.
• TCU has not allowed a goal in its last 270:42 played dating back to the first half at Maryland.
Emma Heckendorn registered a goal and two assists in TCU’s 6-0 win at Lamar on Sunday. She has played a part in five of TCU’s nine goals this season.
Michelle Prokof posted her fifth career multi-goal game. Her three goals this season rank second in the Big 12.
Katie Lund leads the Big 12 with a 1.000 save percentage, while TCU’s 0.31 goals against average is tops in the league.

ILLINOIS NOTABLES
• Illinois enters the weekend with a 2-2 record, including an 0-2 record away from home.
• The Fighting Illini suffered a pair of one-goal losses in their last two matches, 3-2 at Missouri and 1-0 at Saint Louis.
• Illinois has scored five goals in four matches this season. All five goals have been scored by a different person.
• Michelle Denely has played the majority of the season in goal, posting a 1.11 GAA and a .818 save percentage. She posted back-to-back shutouts to open the year.

TCU-ILLINOIS SERIES NOTABLES
• Illinois holds a 1-0 series lead after posting a 5-2 win on Aug. 28, 2015 in Champaign.
Michelle Prokof and Emma Heckendorn each tallied a goal in the loss.

CHASING HISTORY
TCU is off to its best start to a season since the 2009 campaign. No team in school history has started the year 4-0.

The Horned Frogs’ best start to a season came in 2008 when it went undefeated through its first seven matches, posting a 6-0-1 record. The tie came in the team’s third match of the season.

CONTINUING HER ASSENT
Michelle Prokof continued her assent up the TCU career charts with a two-goal, four-point effort at Lamar.

She now has 58 career points, passing Allison Calleri (1996-99) for fourth all-time. With eight more points, Prokof will tie Lizzy Karoly (2006-09) for third all-time.

Additionally, Prokof’s two goals in the game boosted her career total to 24, tying her for third all-time with Sarah Campbell (1986-89). She needs three goals to tie Karoly for second all-time.

GOAL EXPLOSION
TCU exploded for six goals in Sunday’s win over Lamar. It marked the first time since 2010 that the Horned Frogs have scored six goals in a match.

Five of the goals came in the second half, also the first time TCU has scored five in a single half since 2010.

TCU’s nine goals on the season are tops in the Big 12 with one fewer game played than the majority of the league. The Frogs’ 3.00 goals per game average ranks 17th nationally.

LITTERING THE SCORESHEET
Emma Heckendorn is off to a blistering start to the 2016 campaign with a goal and four assists. She has been instrumental in five of TCU’s nine goals on the season, including five of the first six goals on the year. Heckendorn enters the weekend carrying a three-game point streak.

With her two assists in Sunday’s win over Lamar, she moved her career total to 11. She is now tied for ninth all-time in assists with Crystal Pratz (1998-01). Her next assist will move her into a tie for eighth.

A FOUR-PEAT
For the fourth straight season since joining the Big 12, the Horned Frog faithful proved they are the best fans in the league. TCU used a solid turnout in its final home game of 2015 to capture the attendance crown for the fourth straight season. With an average of 1,375 fans per match, the Frogs topped Texas Tech, who average 1,312 fans. TCU was of three schools in the Big 12 to have over 10,000 fans pass through the turnstiles this season with a total of 12,372 spectators.

 

 

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