Soccer Opens Big 12 Play Friday


Bobbi Clemmer has started every match this season.
Sept. 25, 2014

Corner To Corner with Kela Gray


FORT WORTH - Riding a six-game winning streak, the TCU women's soccer team will open up Big 12 play Friday night against the league's defending champion, #13 West Virginia. Match time at Garvey-Rosenthal is set for 7 p.m.

TCU NOTABLES
• TCU matched its program best winning streak with six straight following a 4-1 win over SMU and a 1-0 win at North Texas.
• TCU haw outscored its opponents 14-2 during its six game winning streak.
• Senior goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold has five shutouts this year, a total that is tied for the Big 12 lead. She has 17 career shutouts, moving within one of the school record.
Kela Gray earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors after scoring the game winners in both matches this past weekend. She has scored a goal in three straight games.
Bobbi Clemmer is the lone Horned Frog who has played all 902 minutes this season.
• With 1,305 fans at Friday's win over SMU, TCU has taken over the league lead for average fans per game at 1,178.

WEST VIRGINIA NOTABLES
• The Mountaineers, unbeaten in their last seven matches, are ranked in all the national polls. They are as high as 13th and as low as 25th.
• West Virginia has scored four goals in each of the last three games and has shut out four of its last seven opponents.
• Eleven Mountaineers have scored a goal this season. They are lead by Leah Emaus' four goals.
• Defensively, the Mountaineers have been stingy allowing just six shots per match and only one goal per game.
• In goal, Hannah Steadman has been a force with 3.5 shutouts and a 1.05 goals against average.

STREAKING
The Horned Frogs have put together a six-match winning streak to improve to 7-3 overall. TCU has matched its program-long winning streak set during the 1997 season. The winning streak is the longest for TCU since the 2008 season when the Frogs won four in a row Sept. 5-14.

THE MAGIC TOUCH
Kela Gray put together a solid week of action on the soccer pitch. She has scored in three straight games and in four of her last five. Her last two goals have been the game winners. Gray is tied for sixth in the Big 12 with her four goals on the season. She is tied for second among freshmen in the Big 12 in goal scoring.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Vittoria Arnold has put together a dominating stretch of games between the posts. The senior keeper has allowed just two goals, both of which were own goals. She has notched four shutouts during the streak, bringing her season total to five. Arnold has moved within one shutout of tying the school career record held by Maribeth Forest, who played from 1987-90.

LOGGING SERIOUS MINUTES
Bobbi Clemmer has been a staple on the soccer pitch since she stepped foot on campus in 2012. She has missed just two matches in her career. Clemmer has started 47 of 49 matches played over the last two-plus seasons. She has played the entire match in 46 of the 48 games, leaving one due to injury. Prior to her injury as a freshman, Clemmer held the distinction of being the only Frog to never leave the field. That trend has resumed this season as she is the only member of the squad to have played all 902 minutes.

THE SECOND SEASON
TCU begins conference play this week. It marks the Frogs third season in the Big 12. Last season, the Frogs finished seventh with a record of 2-5-1. The Frogs have participated a conference since the 1995 season. In its history, the TCU soccer program has posted a 45-83-11 record.

A TALE OF TWO HALVES
The second half has been the best half for the Horned Frogs this season. 13 of TCU's 17 goals on the year have come in the second half. Statistically, over half of the Frogs shots, shots on goal and corners have come in the second half.

FAN APPRECIATION
The Frog faithful picked up where they left off each of the last two seasons with a strong showing in the opening homestand. TCU overtook the top spot in the league with a crowd of 1,305 on Friday night against SMU. TCU averages 1,178 fans per match over the first five home matches, a mark that leads the league. TCU has won the Big 12 attendance crown each of the last two seasons.

 

 

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