Nov. 2, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas
- The TCU women's soccer program will begin postseason action on Wednesday when the No. 6 seeded Horned Frogs take on No. 3 Utah in opening-round competition at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Championship.
Start time for the match against the Utes is set for 1 p.m. CT at South Stadium on the campus of BYU. TCU closed its regular season with a 9-9-0 overall record, including a 2-5-0 record in the MWC.
Utah, who is the No. 3 seed in the MWC tournament, comes into Wednesday's contest with a 9-9-2 overall record, including a 4-2-1 mark in MWC play this fall.
In their last outing, the Utes closed their regular season with a 3-0 shutout win over Air Force. Sophomore forward Erin Dalley scored a pair of goals in the contest.
Overall, Utah, who has scored 31 goals this fall, is led on offense by Kelly Isleib and Dalley. Both Isleib and Dalley have tallied seven goals on the year, while Isleib has posted five assists. Goalkeeper Hannah Turpen has recorded a solid 2009 campaign, posting five shutout's to go along with 65 saves.
The Frogs, who are 9-9-0 overall, closed their regular season with a 4-1 setback to San Diego State in front of a record crowd of 2,713 spectators at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium last Friday. Against the Aztecs, TCU outshot SDSU, 17-15, including 11-9 in the second half. Katie Taylor led the Horned Frog offensive attack with five shots, two of which came on goal. Kelsey Walters saved four shots last Friday night, while Aubree Southwick totaled six saves.
Overall, TCU, who has netted a total of 31 goals this fall, is led on offense by returning all-conference selection Jordan Calhoun who has wracked up eight goals and six assists. Senior Lizzy Karoly has also been productive this fall as she has scored five goals, including one game-winner.
Against UNLV two weeks ago, junior Jackie Torda earned MWC Offensive Player of the Week accolades following her two goal effort against the Rebels. Torda has come on late in the year, netting a total of four goals and one assist in 14 games started to spark the Frog offensive attack. Sophomore Kaylie Garcia has also fared well during the conference season, assisting on Chelsea Cody's equalizing goal against Wyoming earlier this season to send the match into overtime. Overall, Garcia recorded three goals and three assists during the regular season.
On defense, Walters has posted stretches of dominance this fall between the posts, saving a total of 54 shots, while posting two blankings during the year.
All-Time Series Breakdown
Wednesday's match against Utah will mark the eighth time in program history that the two MWC schools have faced each other. Utah, who currently leads the all-time series 4-3-0, scored two first half goals to secure a 3-1 victory in Salt Lake City on Oct. 15.
In 2008, TCU played the Utes twice, upending Utah 2-0 during the regular-season before dropping a 2-1 overtime match in the conference tournament to close the 2008 season.
Mountain West Conference Tournament History
The Horned Frogs come into this week's tournament looking to advance to the championship-round of play for the first-time in program history. Overall, TCU is 1-3-0 in conference tournament action, falling victim to UNLV in 2005 and BYU in 2007 before upending San Diego State, 2-1, in overtime last fall in the opening-round of the championship. The Frogs closed the 2008 tournament falling to Utah in overtime, 2-1, in the semifinals.
When the Frogs face Utah on Wednesday, it will mark the second-straight season in which both programs have faced each other at the Mountain West Conference Tournament. In 2008, senior Lizzy Karoly netted a goal in the 89th minute of the match to send the game into overtime, but it wasn't enough as TCU dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Utah in semifinal action at the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.
Against the Utes, Karoly netted the equalizer in the 89th minute, beating Utah off assists by Katie Taylor and former Frog Caroline Starns. On the play, the senior slid into the box from about 15 yards out toeing the ball into the lower right corner of the goal to send the match into overtime.
Earlier This Season
Freshman Kaitlyn Reynolds netted a goal in the 83rd minute, but it wasn't enough as TCU dropped a 3-1 decision to Utah earlier this fall at Ute Field. Reynolds, a Houston native, drove a ball from about 40 yards over the top of Utah goalkeeper Hannah Turpen in the 83rd minute to net her first career goal and bring the scoreboard to 3-1 in favor of the Utes.
Overall, TCU outshot the Utes, 20-17, including 15-7 in the second half. Jackie Torda recorded five shots, while sophomore Jordan Calhoun and senior Lizzy Karoly chipped in with three apiece.
Karoly Named Academic All-District
Lizzy Karoly was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Women's Soccer Team last week.Karoly, an Escondido, Calif., native, earned second-team honors after netting five goals, while dishing out one assist in 2009. The senior's selection to the All-District VI Team marks the second-consecutive season in which she has earned Academic All-District accolades. Earlier this fall, Karoly became TCU's all-time leader in goals scored for a career.
Shooting For The Stars
During the regular season, TCU recorded a total of 311 shot attempts, which is currently the second-most shot attempts recorded in a single-season and second most in a five-year span under head coach Dan Abdalla. Last Friday night, TCU outshot No. 2 seed San Diego State, 17-15, including 11-9 in the second half. By outshooting the Aztecs, the Frogs closed their regular season outshooting their opponent in 12 of their 18 games this season. During MWC play, the Purple and White outshot MWC foes in five of their eight conference matches. In the three games the Frogs didn't outshot their opponent, TCU posted a combined total of 40 total shot attempts, while its opponent recorded a combined total of 53. All three matches in which the Purple and White were outshot came on the road in MWC play.
TCU In Neutral Site Games This Fall
TCU has played a total of three matches this fall on neutral fields. In the three contests, TCU is 1-2-0, upending Weber State, 2-1, on Sept. 18 at the Texas Tech Red Raider Classic. In the championship match in Lubbock, the Frogs dropped a hard fought 1-0 decision to Alabama. In their other neutral site match, the Frogs dropped a 3-2 contest to Denver on Sept. 13.
TCU On The National Scene
Entering the conference championships, the Frogs' Jordan Calhoun has fared well amongst the national leaders this fall. Calhoun currently sits at No. 70 in the NCAA in points-per-contest, while also ranking No. 21 overall in points-per-game highs in the nation. The sophomore has also posted the No. 16 ranking with several others for game-high goals with three against Stephen F. Austin earlier this fall.
Mountain West Statistics Update
Heading into Wednesday's contest, TCU currently ranks No. 2 in the conference in goals-per-game (1.72), shots (311) and corners (115).
Individually, sophomore Jordan Calhoun, who ranks No. 2 in the MWC in shots-per-game (3.29), comes into Wednesday ranked No. 3 overall in points (22), points-per-game (1.29), goals (8) and goals-per-game (0.47).
In conference games only, the Frogs are No. 2 in shots (109) and saves (33).
Junior Jackie Torda has led the Frog offensive attack in the MWC as she currently ranks in the top 10 in four offensive categories. Fellow junior Kelsey Walters is currently No. 2 in the conference in saves and saves-per-game.
Broadcast Information For MWC Championship
Follow The Horned Frogs
Fans not able to attend this weekend's conference tournament in Utah can follow the game live by logging onto www.gofrogs.com. There you can find links to gametracker and listen to the contest live via gofrogs.com. Both links are located on the women's soccer schedule page.
Conference Tournament Coming To You Live
Fans not able to attend this week's conference tournament can also follow all the action in Provo live by clicking on the live audio link, which is located on the schedule page. Webstreaming play-by-play analyst Jay Fitzgerald will call every Horned Frog match live from Provo. Wednesday's opening-round matches will also be available for viewing on www.byucougars.com.
The Mtn. - MountainWest Sports Network will air Thursday's semifinals live at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. CT. The championship game, scheduled for 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 7, will be streamed live on The Mtn.'s Web site (www.themtn.tv) and air on the linear network via same-day tape delay at 1 a.m. CT. It will also be re-broadcast at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 8. The tandem of Bill Riley and Mark Rogondino will call all games on Nov. 5 and 7. Marius Payton and Bill Doleman, along with guest analyst Brian Crookham, will also provide a breakdown of Thursday's semifinal games from the studio.