Road Trip Starts at Iowa State Friday Night

Kelly Johnson has a two-match point streak.

Oct. 4, 2012

FORT WORTH – The TCU soccer team embarks on a three-match road swing beginning Friday night at Iowa State. First kick against the Cyclones is set for 7 p.m. at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

Fans interested in following along with Friday’s match at Iowa State can do so via live stats provided by Iowa State University. The live stats link can be found on the TCU women’s soccer schedule.

TCU opened Big 12 play this past weekend and dropped a pair of one-goal decisions to nationally-ranked West Virginia and a Kansas squad that’s receiving votes in the polls. TCU leads the Big 12 in attendance with an average of 1,185 fans per match. It is the only program in the league to average over 1,000 fans per match.

Makenzie Koch scored her first non-penalty kick goal of the season against West Virginia. Koch now leads the team with 11 total points (three goals and five assists).

The Horned Frogs rallied from a two-goal deficit on Sunday to force overtime against Kansas. They eventually dropped a 3-2 decision in double overtime. Lindsy Schafer and Serena Smith-Banas scored their first career goals to help the Frogs force overtime. Vittoria Arnold made 10 saves in the two games and has made 47 on the season. Her .810 save percentage ranks fourth in the league. Kelly Johnson tallied two assists on the weekend and has a two-match point streak. She assisted on Koch’s goal against West Virginia and on Smith-Banas’ tying goal against Kansas.

Iowa State will be opening a brand new facility Friday night as the Cyclone Sports Complex has been completed. It’ll seat 1,500 fans and houses the ISU Women’s Soccer, Softball and Track and Field teams.

The Cyclones have started Big 12 play 0-3 with loss to Texas, No. 17 Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. The loss to Oklahoma State was a heartbreaker as the Cowgirls scored the lone goal of the game in the 13th minute on a penalty kick. Iowa State has potential to score goals as it has scored seven goals in a game twice this season (vs. UNI and vs. South Dakota).

The Cyclones are led offensively by Jennifer Dominguez, who has scored seven goals on the season. Ashley Johnson is the assist leader with five. Andrea Swanson has taken over the goalkeeper duties, starting each of the last four matches. She is 2-2-0 with a shutout and a .690 save percentage.

Four of the final six regular season contests will be played on the road. TCU begins a three match road trip on Friday at Iowa State. The Frogs have played just four of 12 games away from home this season and sport a 2-1-1 record in those contests.

Four Frogs experienced a first-time accomplishment this past weekend. Makenzie Koch had two goals on the season, but both were the result of penalty kicks. In Friday’s match against West Virginia, she scored her first non-penalty kick goal. On that same play, Kelly Johnson collected her first career assist. In Sunday’s match against Kansas, a pair of freshmen, Lindsy Schafer and Serena Smith-Banas, each scored their first career goals.

STINGY DEFENSE TCU has allowed just 13 goals in 12 matches this season. The 13 goals allowed is tied for second in the Big 12. Only Baylor has allowed fewer goals, surrendering five in its first 13 contests.

Over half of TCU’s 21-man roster is made up of freshman this season. Additionally, the Frogs added a transfer to make 62% of the roster full of new faces. Eleven of the 12 newcomers have seen action in a game, while eight have started at least one game for TCU.

The Horned Frogs are making their first-ever trip to the state of Iowa this weekend. It’ll mark the 27th different state the Frogs will have played in since the program was adopted in 1986.

TCU and Iowa State have met on the soccer pitch just once in program history. The Horned Frogs escaped with a 2-1 win over the Cyclones on Sept. 27, 1998. The match was played in Fort Worth.



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