TCU Ready To Open Conference Play

Kim Ozenick will try and get TCU a win in their conference opener at Southern Miss.

Kim Ozenick will try and get TCU a win in their conference opener at Southern Miss.

Sept. 23, 2004

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs will look to close the month of September out in style as they open up play in Conference USA on the road. Friday the Frogs will take on the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Game time for the match is set for 4:00 p.m. in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Frogs will then travel to New Orleans for a Sunday match against the Tulane Green Wave. Game time for that contest is set for 1:00 p.m.

TCU is searching for its first win on this five-game road trip. The Frogs have dropped three straight over the last two weeks, but are looking to open up C-USA action with a couple of wins. Last season the Frogs finished 7-3 in C-USA, good enough for a tie for second in the league. The Frogs were picked to finish sixth this season.

News & Notes:

Moore Is On Fire
Jessi Moore has had her hand in almost all of the offense the Frogs have produced this season. With the exception of the first two goals scored this season, Moore has either scored or assisted on the last seven scored by the Frogs. She leads the squad with five goals and two assists. She tallied a goal in each of the matches this past weekend. She has 11 career goals at TCU.

Newcomer Pays Dividends
• Iceland native Bjarnveig Birgisdottir joined the Frogs late this season, but has already payed dividends. She has appeared in the last four contests, starting the last two for TCU and has tallied an assist. She is the fourth Frog to pick up an assist this season as she earned her first collegiate point on Moore's goal against George Mason.

Looking To Avenge A Loss
• The Frogs owe the Green Wave for knocking them out of the C-USA Tournament last season. The Frogs dominated the game from start to finish but were unable to knock home a goal. The game ended in a scoreless tie, but Tulane was able to advance on penalty kicks, ending the Frogs season. Tulane won 3-1 in PKs to advance to the second round of the tournament.

Frogs vs. Southern Miss
• The Frogs history with Southern Miss is brief, dating back to the 2001 season. The Golden Eagles held a 2-0-0 advantage heading into last season. TCU was able to defeat the Golden Eagles by a 2-0 score in Fort Worth a year ago. This will be only the second time the Frogs have been to Hattiesburg. They dropped a 3-0 decision in 2001.

Scouting Southern Miss
• The Golden Eagles are off to a strong start this season, going undefeated in their first five games. They hadn't played a game since Sept. 10 due to Hurricane Ivan but were be tested Tuesday as they hit the road to face South Alabama. The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season as South Alabama handed them a 2-1 defeat. For the Golden Eagles, Lauren Prewitt got off to an outstanding start as she picked up hat tricks in the first two games of the season. She has tallied eight goals so far this season. Two goalkeepers have split time between the posts for the Golden Eagles. Returner Anna Snyder is in great form already this season with a GAA of 1.11. She leads the squad with 11 saves. Leslie Shoeplein leads the squad with a 0.61 GAA. Each goalkeeper has a shutout to her credit already in 2004.

Frogs vs. Tulane
• TCU picked up their first-ever victory over Tulane a year ago in Fort Worth, winning 2-0. In four meetings, Tulane holds a 2-1-1 advantage. TCU dropped the only match they played in New Orleans, a 4-0 loss in 2002.

Scouting Tulane
• The Green Wave recorded shutouts in three of their first four games, coming away with a 2-1-1 record, but have faltered in their last four contests. Tulane has been outscored 15-2 in the last four games as they are 0-4. All five losses for the Green Wave have come on the road this season, but they remain undefeated at home dating back to the 2002 season (8-0-3). Goalkeeper Megan Morey was lights out at the beginning of the season, but has suffered defeats in the last four contests. She is the only net-minder the Green Wave has used this season and has a GAA of 1.86 to go along with three shutouts. Lindsay Morris is the top offensive threat for Tulane as she leads the squad with three goals. Freshman Brianna Buffington has also shown great offensive potential as she has connected for a goal and is second with seven shots taken.



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