Soccer to battle Cowgirls and Falcons this weekend

Alex Mechalske

Alex Mechalske

Oct. 9, 2008


FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's soccer program will take its national ranking on the road this weekend with away matches at Wyoming and Air Force.

The Horned Frogs will battle the Cowgirls on Friday at 3 p.m. MT in Laramie, Wyo. On Sunday, TCU will travel to Colorado to face the Falcons of the Air Force Academy. Start time for the match against Air Force will take place at 1 p.m. MT.

Scouting TCU
TCU is off to its best start in program history with an 9-1-1 mark, including a 3-0-0 record away from Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. The Horned Frogs enter tomorrow's showdown having won three-straight, while netting 33 goals on the year.

Against New Mexico last Sunday, Jordan Calhoun found the back of the net twice to lead TCU to a 3-1 conference victory over New Mexico at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. For the contest, Calhoun posted four shots on goal and two goals, while Jackie Torda recorded two shots and one assist. On defense, Kelsey Walters saved three balls.

TCU, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the Central Region by the NSCAA/Adidas regional rankings, posted its first-ever national ranking from Soccer Buzz Magazine on Tuesday as the Horned Frogs landed at No. 30. Overall, the Purple and White have recorded the best record in the Mountain West Conference heading into tomorrow's match, while also posting the most goals of any conference team.

Scouting Wyoming
The Cowgirls, who come into tomorrow's match on a two-match winning streak, are currently 7-5-1 overall and 1-0-0 in conference play.

Against Air Force, Wyoming netted a second-half goal to upend the Falcons 1-0 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. On Sunday, UW defeated Boise State 1-0 after an Amanda Lathrop goal in the second half. Lathrop leads the team in goals scored with seven on the season and moved into No. 2 all-time in career goals.

Cowgirl senior defender Laine Hubbard was named the Defensive Player of the Week by the Mountain West Conference. Hubbard, who hails from Monument, Colo., led Wyoming to two shutout wins over the weekend.

On Sunday, the senior anchored a Cowgirl defense that did not allow a shot on goal. In Friday's 1-0 victory versus Air Force, Hubbard helped limit the Falcons to only four total shots, including two on goal.

Scouting Air Force
The Air Force Academy is currently 3-8-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play. The Falcons are coming off a 1-0 setback to Wyoming. In the match, freshman Ariana Green made her first career start in front of the net for the Falcons and recorded five saves.

Air Force freshman forward Bridgett Murphy leads the Falcons with six goals scored on the season and has scored a goal in three of the Falcons' last four games. Her six goals scored on the season are the most by a Falcon since 2001.

Air Force has 16 freshmen on its roster. That total makes up 64 percent of the roster. The Falcons have started six freshmen four times this year and at least five freshmen in eight of nine games.

All-Time Series
The Horned Frogs are 2-3-1 all-time against Wyoming and have never beaten the Cowgirls under Abdalla. Wyoming won the 2007 meeting between the two MWC schools, 1-0. In the match, TCU outshot Wyoming, 18-13, including 10-7 in the second half, but dropped a 1-0 conference match to the Cowgirls.

The Falcons and Horned Frogs have played a total of six times with TCU holding a 4-1-1 advantage. Last fall, sophomore Michelle Nguyen netted two goals, including one on a penalty kick to lead TCU to a 3-1 conference victory over Air Force.

TCU Cracks National Rankings
The TCU women's soccer team garnered its first-ever national ranking from Soccer Buzz Magazine on Tuesday as the Horned Frogs landed at No. 30.

TCU, who is 9-1-1 on the year, is coming off a 3-1 conference victory over New Mexico last weekend.

Also, the Purple and White remain just outside the NSCAA Top 25. Based on number of votes the Frogs sit at No. 29 overall and No. 4 in the Central Region.

Calhoun Does It Again
Jordan Calhoun found the back of the net twice last Sunday to lead TCU to a 3-1 opening-conference victory over New Mexico in Fort Worth.

With her two goals, the freshman moved into No. 2 all-time in goals scored in a single season in TCU history. Calhoun's 11 goals on the year is the best mark by any player under Abdalla and currently sits as the top mark in the Mountain West Conference in 2008. Calhoun's 11 goals on the year are the most in a single-season since Sherry Dick netted 11 in 2000.

TCU Building On Momentum
The Horned Frogs, who moved to 9-1-1 on the year and 1-0-0 in conference action last weekend, have now posted the most victories in a single-season under Abdalla and the most in school history since 2003. TCU is currently on a three-match win streak and has suffered its only loss to No. 10 Texas. The Longhorns needed double overtime to defeat the Horned Frogs on Sept. 19.

Horned Frogs Coming On Strong In NCAA
TCU's success has been noticeable while viewing the NCAA statistics. Overall, the Horned Frogs have placed student-athletes in the top-30 of the NCAA in three different categories. On offense, Jordan Calhoun ranks No. 11 in points per game and No. 4 overall in goals per contest, while fellow forward Lizzy Karoly currently sits at No. 23 in points per game.

Goalkeeper Kelsey Walters has dominated at times this fall and the proof is on paper. The sophomore currently sits at No. 30 in goals against average.

As a team, TCU sits in the top-30 in five different categories. The Horned Frogs have posted the No. 23 ranked shutout percentage, while also being ranked No. 30 save percentage. TCU is also 10th and 23rd overall in scoring offense and goals-against-average, respectively. Finally, the Frogs are 13th overall in winning percentage this fall.

Mountain West Conference Statistics Update
The Horned Frogs lead the conference in nine different categories after eight matches.

Overall, TCU obtains the top-spot in shots, points, goals, goals per game, assists, assists per game, goals allowed, goals-against-average and shutouts. On offense, either Lizzy Karoly or Jordan Calhoun rank first in seven different areas, while goalkeeper Kelsey Walters sits atop the conference in save percentage and goals against average.

Firing Away Inside The Box
TCU set a new conference and school record against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, recording a 57-1 shot advantage against the Lady Lions. The 57 shots, which were the most attempted by a MWC school since the conferences inception, currently ranks as the second-most attempts in the NCAA in a single-match in 2008. The Horned Frogs' 88 shots attempts in the last two matches are the most by a single squad this fall in a two-consecutive matches.

Inching Closer To Record Breaking Performances
As a team, TCU currently sits at No. 2 in single-season records in assists and shutouts entering conference play. The Horned Frogs have also posted the fourth-best point total entering this weekend. Individually, Jordan Calhoun needs only four more goals to become the all-time leader in goals scored in a single season, while senior midfielder Caroline Starns currently sits at No. 6 in assists for a single season with five on the year. On defense, sophomore Kelsey Walters needs only one more shutout to move into third all-time in shutouts for an individual season with five.

Up Next
TCU will be back in action next Thursday against BYU at Garvy-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. Start time for the conference match is set for Noon.

 

 


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