Sep 5, 2013
FORT WORTH -
After a four-match road swing to open up the 2013 season, the TCU women's soccer team is set to open its home schedule Friday night. The Horned Frogs will welcome 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Illinois State at 7 p.m.
TCU is undefeated (2-0-1) in its last three matches after collecting a tie at No. 25 LSU on Friday and a 2-1 win in overtime at Houston Baptist on Sunday.
The Horned Frogs picked up their first overtime win since a 3-2 victory over UNLV on Oct. 23, 2009.
Makenzie Koch scored TCU's lone goals this weekend, notching two against the Huskies.
Bobbi Clemmer and Michelle Prokof each tallied an assist on the weekend.
Vittoria Arnold was tabbed the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after allowing just one goal and tallying eight saves.
TCU is the last school in the Big 12 to have yet to play a home match in 2013.
ILLINOIS STATE NOTABLES
Illinois State was part of the field of 64 in last season's NCAA Tournament but has gotten off to a 1-3 start in 2013.
The Redbirds have surrendered 11 goals in the season's first four matches. In two losses last week, Illinois State was outscored 9-1.
Hannah Leinert and Kyla Cross are the offensive threats for the Redbirds with two goals and an assist each.
Rhianna Krutz scored the lone goal of the weekend for Illinois State at Illinois.
In goal, the Redbirds have split time between Laura Burrill and Aryn Newsom. Newsom has started the last two contests for Illinois State.
Illinois State is in the midst of a four-game road swing. The Redbirds played at Minnesota and at Illinois last week.
ON A MISSION
Makenzie Koch's freshman campaign ended prematurely in the 10th match of the year when she suffered a season-ending injury.
She has returned with a vengeance this season, playing a part in five of the seven goals scored by the Horned Frogs this season.
This past weekend, Koch collected both of TCU's goals in a 2-1 overtime win at Houston Baptist. It's her first career multi-goal match.
With her three goals and two assists, Koch ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in all offensive categories.
For her career, Koch has six goals and seven assists for a total of 19 points in just 14 matches played.
TCU played in a pair of overtime contests this weekend and emerged with a 1-0-1 record. The victory over Houston Baptist was TCU's first overtime win since the 2009 campaign when it defeated UNLV by a 3-2 score.
The Horned Frogs played in five overtime contests in 2012 and posted a 0-2-3 record. In its history, TCU has a 24-19-35 record in contests decided in overtime.
TCU wrapped up a four-match road trip to open the season. The Frogs posted a respectable 2-1-1 record and was unbeaten in its last three matches. It marks the first time in program history that the squad spent 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.
TCU has made a point of pushing the attack this season. The efforts have been rewarded as the Frogs have collected 28 corner kicks this season. The mark ranks fourth in the league.
THE YOUTH MOVEMENT
Eighteen members of the soccer team have seen time on the pitch this season. Of those 18 players, 10 were newcomers. The 2013 roster features 15 newcomers and just 11 returners.
TOPPING THE LEAGUE
TCU averaged 1,413 fans per match in 2012, a mark that led the Big 12. It was the only program to average over 1,000 fans per match. Additionally, the Horned Frogs finished eighth nationally in attendance.
The final home weekend saw the Frogs draw crowds of 2,200 and 2,300.
With over 2,000 fans in the home opener, TCU had three crowds of 2,000 or more fans in one season for the first time in program history.
The 2012 season marked the seventh straight year that TCU soccer has averaged over 1,000 fans per match.
Up until an injury brought a premature end to her season in 2012, Bobbi Clemmer had played in every minute of the season. She missed the final 14 minutes of the Texas match and the entire match against Baylor for a total of 104 minutes. She has returned to form to start the 2013 campaign.
Clemmer has played all 382 minutes this season. Along the way she notched her first career goal and has one assist.