Frog Feature: Friends For Life
Nov. 2, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU soccer players Lauren Sajewich and Michelle Prokof have so much in common, it’s no wonder they are such great friends.
“We’re every similar people,” Sajewich said. “We love the game. We love God. Our faith is important, and all of that has kept us together. We love playing the game together, and we love hanging out.”
Sajewich and Prokof hail from Illinois, and they first met when they played soccer together for Eclipse Soccer Club seven years ago, and the rest is pretty much history.
As members of the U-16 team, they helped guide the squad to a Dallas International Girls Cup championship and third in the Illinois State Cup Championships, while placing sixth at the ECNL National Challenge A.
Sajewich initially drew in the interest of the TCU soccer coaches and was invited to campus for a visit, and Prokof, who was in Dallas at the time, tagged along. Sajewich committed to TCU first, and Prokof soon followed.
“We’re not the most social people, and soccer is our life,” Prokof said. “To have some else that I knew and loved soccer as much as I did and was going to be out early at practice and going to be sacrificing everything for the game, there is nothing like knowing that someone like that was going to be here (at TCU).”
They were eventually part of the 2013 signing class, and they have been roommates their entire time on campus.
“I feel like we got so lucky because we are both introverted, Lauren a little more than me,” Prokof said. “We can sit in our room for hours and not talk and someone could walk in and think something is wrong.”
But that’s not even close to being the case.
“It’s been awesome watching her and her love and leadership in her own way,” Sajewich said of Prokof. “It’s so fun to see her have fun and enjoy the game, and it helps me enjoy the game as well.”
The duo were members of the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, while Prokof was a member of the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team and Second-Team All-Big 12.
In 2015, the twosome received CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honors, and both were All-Academic Big 12 First-Team selections in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Along with being good friends and good students, they have shared the common goal to help each other — and their teammates — reach their potential, and as their collegiate careers wind down, they are glad they have been able to accomplish that together.
“Lauren and I spend most of our conversations on how we can make the team better and what we can do better and challenge each other,” Prokof said. “To not have that, I couldn’t comprehend it. I think about it sometimes and wonder where I would be without her here.”
“It’s been a challenge and it’s been a journey,” she said. “Coming in, we had an idea of what we wanted to do; we wanted to get to the NCAA Tournament and build a culture and play a good brand of soccer.
“Honestly, the people here have blown me away, the staff, the girls on the team and everyone surrounded with TCU. It’s been incredible. The relationships we have built have far exceeded everything I could have hoped for.”
The duo are set to graduate in May. Prokof will have her degree in social work, while Sajewich will have earned her degree in movement science.
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