Soccer Opens Big 12 Play Friday

Morgan Lane has been a big part of the TCU defense this season.

Sept. 27, 2012

FORT WORTH – The two newest members of the Big 12 are set to meet Friday night when the TCU soccer team hosts West Virginia in its first-ever conference match. Game time against the Mountaineers is set for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.

The first RPI report of the season was published by the NCAA on Tuesday and the Frogs were ranked No. 91. TCU is the lone school in the Big 12 to have not yet played a conference match this season.

The Horned Frogs saw their three game winning streak come to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss at Denver on Friday night. The overtime match was TCU’s first since Nov. 2, 2011 when the Frogs played to a 1-1 double overtime tie with Wyoming.

Brittany Slyman moved into a tie for the team lead in goals as she scored her third goal of the season in Friday night’s loss. Vittoria Arnold’s shutout streak came to an end at 105 minutes spanning five matches. Arnold made a season-high nine saves in the loss. Makenzie Koch tallied her fifth assist of the season in Friday night’s loss and is tied for the league lead in assists.

West Virginia jumped out to a 2-0-0 start to league play with home victories over Texas Tech (3-2) and No. 7 Oklahoma State (1-0). The wins stretched its win streak to four matches. The Mountaineers are undefeated in their last seven matches and have played three top-10 opponents this season and are 2-1-0 in those games. They have a 1-0 win over No. 1 Stanford, the most recent win over No. 7 Oklahoma State and a 2-1 double overtime loss to No. 6 Penn State.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Keane has played every minute in goal for West Virginia this season. She has notched five shutouts and has a goals against average of 0.93. Frances Silva (8 goals; 2 assists) and Kate Schwindel (7 goals; 4 assists) are the offensive threats with 18 points each. They have five of the six game-winning goals on the team. The Mountaineers are a strong second half team with 17 goals in the half.

It took 10 games into the season, but the Horned Frogs finally yielded a first-half tally when Denver struck in the 12th minute on Friday night. TCU and Baylor are tied for the league lead in allowing just one goal in the first half.

TCU has allowed just eight goals in 10 matches this season. The eight goals allowed ranks second in the Big 12. Only Baylor has allowed fewer goals, surrendering five in its first 12 contests.

On Friday, TCU begins play in its fifth conference since the inception of the program in 1986. The Horned Frogs have been members of the Southwest Conference (1995), the Western Athletic Conference (1996-00), Conference USA (2001-04) and the Mountain West (2005-11).

The Frogs are 0-4 in conference openers when joining a new league. TCU dropped a 6-0 decision to Texas on Sept. 3, 1995 to open SWC play. The Frogs faced BYU in its WAC opener and fell 5-0 on Oct. 5, 1996. A 2-1 heartbreaker at East Carolina on Sept. 21, 2001 opened the Conference USA era, while a 1-0 loss at Utah on Oct. 6, 2005 kicked off MWC play.

The Horned Frogs have never shied away from competition and it shows in the number of games played against their new conference rivals. TCU is 23-26-3 all-time against the Big 12 as it is made up today. The Frogs have faced Texas Tech more than any other opponent and boasts an 11-6-1 record. The Frogs are 2-6-1 against Baylor, 1-3-0 against Oklahoma State, 6-6-0 against Texas, 1-0-0 against Iowa State and 2-5-1 against Oklahoma.

TCU has never played Kansas or West Virginia in soccer. These two programs are the only current members of the Big 12 that TCU has not faced.



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