Soccer Opens League Play at Texas Friday

Kristen Barg made her season debut on Sunday.


Kristen Barg made her season debut on Sunday.

Sept. 26, 2013


FORT WORTH - The TCU women's soccer team will open Big 12 play Friday night with a trip to Texas. The Horned Frogs are 2-0-1 in their last three matches. Fans will be able to catch the game on the Longhorn Network.

TCU NOTABLES
• The Horned Frogs have put together a three-match unbeaten streak after going 1-0-1 this past weekend.
• TCU played to a 1-1 draw against No. 14 Denver Friday, moving its record to 1-0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25.
• Freshman Michelle Prokof became the first Horned Frog since Jordan Calhoun in 2009 to notch a hat trick. She scored all three goals in a 3-0 win over Central Arkansas.
• The hat trick capped off an outstanding weekend for Prokof who scored the lone goal against Denver to give her four on the weekend and six for the season.
• Her weekend earned her Big 12 Offensive and Newcomer of the Week accolades. She is just the sixth player in Big 12 history to earn both honors.
Maddie Payne collected her first two points of the season, collecting one in each of the past two games.
Makenzie Koch continues to be an integral part of the offense. She has taken part in nine of TCU's 14 goals this season.
Vittoria Arnold picked up her 10th career shutout on Sunday, collecting three saves. It was her second shutout this season.

TEXAS NOTABLES
• Texas posted back-to-back shutouts this weekend to push its record to 6-3-1 overall. The Longhorns topped Texas State and UTSA by identical 3-0 scores.
• Texas has won five of its last six games and is 5-0-1 at home this season.
• Kelsey Shimmick and Chantale Campbell each collected a pair of goals this past weekend.
• In addition to Campbell's two goals, she added a pair of assists for a six-point weekend.
• Shimmick and Brooke Gilbert lead the squad with four goals each. Gilbert has made her goals count as three of her four have been game winners.
• In goal, Abby Smith has played all 920 minutes in goal. She boasts a .795 save percentage, a 0.78 goals against average and has tallied four shutouts on the year.

SERIES NOTABLES
• Friday marks the 15th meeting all-time between Texas and TCU. The Horned Frogs own a miniscule 7-6-1 advantage in the all-time series.
• TCU is 2-0-1 in the last three meetings against the Longhorns.
• TCU and Texas played a pair of matches in 2012 and TCU went 1-0-1 in those matches.
• The Frogs earned their first-ever Big 12 victory against the Longhorns with a 1-0 win in Fort Worth on Oct. 21.
• TCU and Texas met in the Big 12 Championships. The game was a 0-0 tie at the end of double overtime, but TCU advanced 4-1 on penalty kicks to advance to the Big 12 Championships.
• TCU will be making just its fifth trip to Austin. The Frogs are 1-3-0 in Austin, but were victorious in their last trip South. TCU took a 2-1 decision on Aug. 21, 2009.

HAT'S OFF TO HER
Freshman Michelle Prokof became the Horned Frog to notch a hat trick since Jordan Calhoun scored three against Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 25, 2009. Overall, she is the 12th player in TCU history to accomplish the feat.

She is the first player in the Big 12 to record a hat trick this season.

Prokof has scored the last four TCU goals, improving her season total to six. The six goals rank her second in the league, just one behind the league leader.

SEASON DEBUT
Kristen Barg made her season debut in Sunday's win. She played 28 minutes in her return to the pitch. The 2012 season ended abruptly for Barg as she missed the final nine games with an injury.

Over her career, Barg has played in 37 games with 25 starts. She has two goals and two assists.

A KEY COG
Makenzie Koch has proved an integral part of the TCU offense in her two seasons on campus.

The Horned Frogs have scored 14 goals on the season, Koch has had her hand in nine of those. With four goals and five assists, she is tied for the team lead with 13 points. That mark also ranks fourth in the league.

She missed the final 11 games of the 2012 campaign, but at the time of her injury, she had 11 points and had played a part in eight (3 goals and 5 assists) of the 11 goals scored by TCU to that point.

IRON WOMAN
Lauren Sajewich has proven wise beyond her years and the coaching staff has shown their trust in her. She is the lone Frog to have played all 953 minutes this season.

This past weekend, she was key in holding No. 14 Denver to just one goal. The Pioneers had only nine shots in the final 78 minutes and none on goal.

THE SECOND SEASON
TCU begins conference play this week. It marks the Frogs second season in the Big 12. Last season, the Frogs finished eighth with a record of 1-5-2, but advanced to the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament. In the 2013 preseason poll, the Horned Frogs were picked to finish seventh.

The Frogs have participated a conference since the 1995 season. In its history, the TCU soccer program has posted a 44-78-10 record.

 

 


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