Vittoria Arnold will play her final regular season contest Friday.
Oct. 30, 2014
FORT WORTH -
After an 11-day lay-off, the TCU soccer team returns to the soccer pitch for their regular season finale at Iowa State. The Horned Frogs and Cyclones are set for a 7 p.m. start on Friday.
TCU is ranked 46th in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, while its schedule is the 29th toughest in Division I this season.
TCU is coming off its first-ever bye weekend, having last played Oct. 19 against Texas Tech.
Despite not playing last weekend, the Horned Frogs qualified for the Big 12 Tournament. TCU will be making its third appearance in the tourney.
The Horned Frogs closed out their home schedule with a 1-0 loss to Texas Tech.
TCU picked up its first Big 12 win of the season on Oct. 17 against Texas.
Emma Heckendorn notched her team-leading fifth goal of the season against the Longhorns. She also added an assist in the contest.
Michelle Prokof registered a multi-point match as well with two assists. She leads the team with five this season.
TCU leads the Big 12 with 90 saves as a team this year, while Vittoria Arnold paces league goalkeepers with an average of 4.88 saves per match.
Arnold's .857 save percentage ranks second in the Big 12.
IOWA STATE NOTABLES
Iowa State was mathematically eliminated from qualifying for the Big 12 Tournament after falling to 0-7 in Big 12 play last weekend.
The Cyclones dropped a 6-1 decision to Texas Tech their last time out.
In all, Iowa State has lost eight straight matches dating back to Sept. 21.
Friday night's match will be the final game of the Cyclones' 2014 season.
Koree Willer leads Iowa State with 10 goals this season. She ranks third in the league with those 10 goals.
Willer also paces the team with 35 shots, 23 of which have been on goal.
Hayley Womack and Maribell Morales lead the way with three assists.
In goal, the Cyclones have leaned heavily on Andrea Swanson. She ranks third in the league with 77 saves, an average of 4.53 per match.
TCU and Iowa State are meeting on the soccer pitch for the fourth time in program history.
The Horned Frogs own a 2-1 series advantage.
TCU and Iowa State are tied at a game apiece since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012.
Both teams have won at home. Iowa State took a 2-0 victory in Ames in 2012, while TCU won 1-0 in Fort Worth in 2013.
The only other meeting came back in 1998 when the Horned Frogs defeated the Cyclones 2-1 in Fort Worth.
CORNER TO CORNER
TCU has generated 97 corner kicks this season, a mark that ranks second in the Big 12. The Frogs average nearly six corners per match. Makenzie Koch has taken the majority of the corners with 52. Eryn Spencer and Michelle Prokof have taken 15 and 14, respectively. A new twist in the Frogs last two weeks was Emma Heckendorn being called on to take the corners. Her very first attempt resulted in a goal from Makenzie Koch.
For the third straight season since joining the Big 12, the Horned Frog faithful proved they are the best fans in the league. TCU will once again take the attendance crown with an average of 1,435 fans per match. The average ranks 11th nationally. TCU was the only school in the Big 12 to have over 10,000 fans pass through the turnstiles this season with a total of 12,916 spectators. Only 18 schools in the NCAA had season totals over 10,000.
LOGGING SERIOUS MINUTES
Bobbi Clemmer is the only Horned Frog to have played every minute of the season. She has played 1,592 minutes this season. She is bidding to complete her second regular season having played every minute of every match having accomplished the task as a freshman. Last year, Lauren Sajewich held the distinction of playing every minute of every match. She's been on the field for all but 17 minutes this season.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES
The second half has been the best half for the Horned Frogs this season. 15 of TCU's 22 goals on the year have come in the second half. Statistically, over half of the Frogs shots, shots on goal and corners have come in the second half. On the flip side, the Horned Frogs tighten up after half time and have surrendered just five goals in the final half of the match.