Soccer Ready For Battle With No. 14 Denver

Maddie Payne has played in all eight matches this season.

Sept. 19, 2013

FORT WORTH - The TCU women's soccer team is set for their second straight match-up with a top-25 team. The 14th-ranked Denver Pioneers head to Garvey-Rosenthal Friday night for a 7 p.m. contest.

• TCU improved to 1-0-1 in matches played against Top 25 teams with a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory over No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday.
• The overtime victory was TCU's second of the season. The Frogs are 2-0-1 in extra time this season.
Patry Carrion's first career goal was the gamewinner. The goal was assisted by Makenzie Koch who also notched the game-tying goal with 10 minutes remaining.
• Koch ranks third in the Big 12 with an average of 1.57 points per match.
Shannon Coffer was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after improving to 2-0-0 in her young career with six saves against the Razorbacks.
Brittany Slyman and Meghan Murphy each tallied an assist in the win over Arkansas.
• TCU remains second in the Big 12 in attendance with an average of 986 fans per match.

• The Pioneers are ranked in all four major soccer polls. They are as high as 14 in two polls (NSCAA and Top Drawer Soccer) and as low as 18 (Soccer Times).
• Denver comes into Friday's match with a perfect 7-0-0 record that includes five shutouts. It is one of five undefeated team's in Division I soccer.
• Denver has allowed just three goals this season and boasts a 93 percent save percentage.
• Cassidy Rey has stopped 38 of 41 shots that have come her way this season. Her 0.43 goals against average is top 20 in the country.
• Kristen Hamilton is the go-to offensive threat. She leads the team with 17 points (six goals and five assists).
• Denver is playing just its third contest away from home this season. It has not allowed a goal since Sept. 1.

On Sunday, TCU played in its third overtime of the season. The Frogs improved to 2-0-1 overall in the extra session after tallying a 2-1 double overtime victory over No. 25 Arkansas. TCU has an overtime win at Houston Baptist and a tie against No. 25 LSU this year.

The Horned Frogs played in five overtime contests in 2012 and posted a 0-2-3 record.

In its history, TCU has a 25-19-35 record in contests decided in overtime.

Friday night's game against Denver will mark TCU's second straight match against a ranked opponent. It'll be the third match overall against a ranked opponent this season. TCU is 1-0-1 in its previous two games against opponents ranked in the Top 25.

Waiting in the wings once conference season starts are three more squads, Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State, that are among the Top 25 this season. Oklahoma State is currently receiving votes.

Freshman Shannon Coffer was pulled into action off the bench Thursday night at SMU. She allowed a goal on two shots in 36 minutes of action.

Making her second career start on Sunday against No. 25 Arkansas, Coffer did yeoman's work between the pipes. She made six saves on seven shots to improve to 2-0-0 on the season.

Her efforts last week earned her Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors. She is the second TCU goalkeeper to earn accolades as Vittoria Arnold was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week by the league on Sept. 3.

TCU has made a point of pushing the attack this season. The efforts have been rewarded as the Frogs have collected 54 corner kicks this season. The Frogs average 6.75 corners per match, which ranks second in the league.

Bobbi Clemmer and Lauren Sajewich are the only two Horned Frogs that can carry the Iron Woman torch. Both have been on the field for all 753 minutes of action this season. Meghan Murphy is a close third having played in 695 minutes.

For Clemmer, this is nothing new. She played in all but 104 minutes a year ago.



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