Soccer Ready For Red Raider Classic

Chelsea Cody

Chelsea Cody

Sept. 17, 2009


FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's soccer program will travel to Lubbock, Texas, this weekend for matches against Weber State and Alabama at the Red Raider Classic.

Start time for the match against the Wildcats is set for 5 p.m. CT on Friday, while the Frogs will take to the pitch against Alabama at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday afternoon at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

Follow The Horned Frogs
Fans not able to attend this weekend's tournament can follow the matches on www.gofrogs.com. Following both games a full recap and box score will be available online.

Scouting Weber State
The Wildcats, who enter Friday with a 4-1-0 record, saw their four-match winning streak snapped last weekend at the Border Shootout in El Paso. UTEP defeated Weber State, 2-1, on Sunday. Overall, WSU was outshot in the match, 28-7, including 14-2 in the second half.

Midfielder Roxanne Tebbs and goalkeeper Rebecca Ritchie were recently named Big Sky Offensive and Defensive Player's of the Week following the Wildcats 1-0 upset of nationally ranked Utah in Salt Lake City.

Overall, Weber State is 1-0-0 in neutral site games, having netted seven goals in 2009. Tebbs and Jessie Bradley lead the squad in goals scored on the year with two apiece.

Scouting Alabama
Alabama comes into Sunday's match with a 2-3-0 record. The Crimson Tide dropped a heartbreaker to Memphis last Sunday, 2-1. In the match, Brooke Rogers scored Alabama's lone goal in the 56th minute off assists from Rosaly Petriello and Kelsey King.

The Crimson Tide, who have defeated South Alabama and Jacksonville State this fall, have been blanked in two of their five matches, including a 3-0 setback at Samford.

Alabama, who opens the tournament against host school Texas Tech on Friday, is led on offense by Victoria Frederick. Frederick has scored three goals this fall, while also dishing out two assists. Between the posts, Justine Bernier has had a solid sophomore season in which she has saved 15 shot attempts.

Scouting TCU
TCU, who is 4-3-0 on the season, comes into Friday's contest having dropped its last two matches.

In its last outing, the Frogs netted two first half goals, but it wasn't enough as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Denver last Sunday afternoon at the Colorado College Invitational. In a back-and-fourth contest, TCU held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks, while totaling 12 shot attempts. On offense, Jordan Calhoun led the Horned Frog attack, connecting on four shot attempts, including two on goal. Kelsey Walters saved three shots last Sunday, while Denver, who is receiving votes in the national poll, stopped four.

Calhoun and senior Lizzy Karoly lead the Purple and White on offense this fall, having netted seven of the Frogs 13 goals on the year.

The Series Breakdown
The Horned Frogs and Wildcats will be meeting on the pitch for the first time on Friday, while TCU and Alabama will play in only their second meeting between the two schools. The Horned Frogs own a 1-0-0 series advantage over the Crimson Tide, upending Alabama, 1-0, in 2000.

National Polls Revisited
TCU moved out of the NSCAA/Adidas National Poll this week after previously being ranked No. 30. The Horned Frogs are still just outside the Top 25 of Soccer Times at No. 28. The Purple and White were previously ranked No. 29 overall in Soccer Times.

Mountain West Statistics Update
Heading into Friday's contest, TCU currently ranks No. 2 in the conference in shots (122), assists (13), assists-per-game (1.86) and average home attendance (1,331). The Frogs are first in corner kicks (55) and third in points (39), goals (13), goals-per-game (1.86) and fouls (80).

Individually, sophomore Jordan Calhoun leads the MWC in assists and assists-per-game with four and 0.57, respectively, on the season. Calhoun also ranks No. 2 in the MWC in points (12) and points-per-game (1.71), while also holding the No. 3 spot in shots (25), shots-per-game (3.57) and goals (4). Senior Lizzy Karoly ranks No. 4 in goals (3), while Kaylie Garcia is currently No. 2 in game-winning goals (2).

Up Next
Following action in Lubbock, TCU will return home to face Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 25. Start time for the match is set for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

 

 


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