Oct. 2, 2014
Corner to Corner with Ryan Higginbotham
FORT WORTH -
The TCU soccer team begins a stretch of three straight matches on the road Friday when it heads south for a meeting against Baylor. Match time is slated for 7 p.m.
The Frogs opened Big 12 play with a 0-0 tie to #13 West Virginia and a 2-0 loss to No. 18 Kansas.
TCU matched its program best unbeaten streak at seven when it played to a 0-0 tie with No. 13 West Virginia on Friday.
The streak came to an end with a 2-0 loss to No. 18 Kansas on Sunday.
TCU is now 0-1-1 in overtime matches this season.
TCU was shutout in back-to-back games for the first time this season this past weekend.
Vittoria Arnold moved into a tie for the career record with his 18th shutout of her career. She tied Maribeth Forest's total set from 1987-90.
Arnold ranks second in the Big 12 with an .849 save percentage and fourth with her 0.71 goals against average.
TCU had allowed two "Own Goals" in a seven match stretch before surrendering two to Kansas.
Meghan Murphy led all Horned Frogs with six shots over the weekend.
Baylor enters the match with an identical 7-4-1 record as TCU, but is 1-1-0 in conference play.
The Bears dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 18 Kansas in their Big 12 opener, but rebounded with a 2-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday.
Justine Hovden picked up her second game-winning goal of the season in the win over Iowa State.
Bri Campos leads the Bears with five goals, while Hovden leads with 12 points (four goals and four assists).
Michelle Kloss has four solo and three combined shutouts on the season. The Bears have blanked three of their last four opponents.
Baylor has earned 75 corner kicks this season, a mark that ranks third in the Big 12.
Baylor and TCU will be meeting on the soccer pitch for the 13th time.
The Bears own a 9-2-1 series lead, including 3-0-0 since TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012.
Baylor has a nine match winning streak dating back to the 1998 season.
TCU's last victory in the series came in 1988 when it won 2-0 in Fort Worth.
The Frogs are just 1-4-0 in Waco. Baylor won the last meeting in Waco by a 2-0 score.
REACHING THE PEAK
It took Vittoria Arnold just three seasons to leave her mark on the TCU record book. In Friday's 0-0 tie against No. 13 West Virginia, Arnold notched her sixth shutout of the season and the 18th of her career. The 18 career shutouts ties the school record set by Maribeth Forest from 1987-90. Additionally, she is tied for the single season mark of eight set by Forest in 1988. Arnold collected eight shutouts in 2012.
The Horned Frogs put together a seven-match unbeaten streak from Sept. 5-26, matching its program-best streak set during the 2008 season. The streak featured six straight victories and included five shutouts.
THE MAGIC TOUCH
Kela Gray has come on strong as of late. She scored in three straight games from Sept. 14-21. Additionally, has scored in four of her last seven. Her last two goals have been the game winners. Gray is tied for seventh 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.
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 against SMU. The Frogs increased their lead with a big weekend last week. In two matches, 2,785 fans passed through the turnstiles. TCU has a comfortable lead with an average of 1,239 fans per match.
After setting a school record with six overtime contests in 2013, the Horned Frogs have played two this season. In its history, TCU has a 25-21-38 record in contests decided in overtime.