TCU Set For Big 12 Championships

Emma Heckendorn is the Frogs' leading goal-scorer.
Nov. 4, 2014

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KANSAS CITY - The TCU women's soccer team opens play in the Big 12 Soccer Championships Wednesday morning against the No. 1 seed, West Virginia. Match time is set for 11:30 a.m.

Soccer fans unable to make it to Kansas City for the tournament will have a multitude of ways to follow the Big 12 tournament. Chris Blake will call the action live from Swope Soccer Village on KTCU 88.7 FM, while the Big 12 Digital Network will also provide a live webstream of the action in Kansas City.

• The Horned Frogs dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision at Iowa State in their regular season finale.
• TCU was shutout for the seventh time this season and has scored a goal in its last two games played.
• Making her first appearance since the first match of the season, freshman Courtney Hofer started in goal. She made six saves in the loss.
• For the second straight season, a freshman leads TCU in goals. Emma Heckendorn has five goals this season. Last year, Michelle Prokof paced the Horned Frogs with eight goals.
• Prokof is TCU's leader in assists with five.
Vittoria Arnold ranks second in the league with a .857 save percentage, while she tops the conference in saves per game at 4.88.
• Arnold is one shutout away from setting the school record for career shutouts. In three years, she has 18.
• TCU is one of three schools (Texas and West Virginia) to have taken more than 100 corner kicks this season.
• TCU has allowed one or fewer goals 14 times this season.

• West Virginia enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed for the third straight season.
• The Mountaineers finished with a conference record of 7-0-1. The only blemish was a 0-0 tie to the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.
• West Virginia is unbeaten in their last 15 matches played and is No. 6 in the RPI.
• The Mountaineers are the league's top offense with 43 goals this year.

• TCU has qualified for the Big 12 Tournament for the third straight season.
• The Horned Frogs took the tournament by storm in 2012, becoming the first eighth-seed to advance to the championship game.
• TCU's record in the Big 12 Tournament stands at 1-2-1.
• The Frogs defeated No. 1 West Virginia 2-0, advanced past No. 4 Texas in penalty kicks and dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 2 Baylor in 2012.
• In 2013, TCU dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to No. 2 Texas Tech in the opening round of the tournament.
• TCU is advancing to its 13th conference tournament in program history.
• The Horned Frogs are 2-10-3 all-time in conference tournaments.
• TCU and West Virginia will be meeting in a conference tournament for the second time in program history.
• TCU defeated West Virginia 2-0 in the first round of the 2012 Big 12 Championship. Kelly Johnson and Monica Alvarado scored, while Vittoria Arnold made six saves for the shutout. Bobbi Clemmer pitched in two assists in the win.

TCU is making its 13th appearance in a conference tournament this week. The Frogs have played in seven of the last eight tournaments dating back to 2007.

The Frogs have a 2-10-3 record in conference tournaments. The Frogs first tournament win came in 2008 when the Frogs defeated San Diego State 2-1 in overtime.

In two of the three ties, the Horned Frogs have fallen victim to the shootout and have not advanced. All three ties were 0-0 at the end of double overtime. The first one came in 1995 to Texas Tech, the second one was in 2003 to Tulane and in 2012 TCU and Texas played to a scoreless tie.

TCU's most successful stint in the tournament came in 2012 when it advanced to the championship game after defeating West Virginia 2-0 in the first round. For the third time in program history, TCU played to a scoreless tie with its opponent, but this time the Frogs advanced past Texas in penalty kicks to earn a spot in the championship game where they eventually dropped a 4-1 decision to Baylor.

Since joining the Big 12 in 2012, the Horned Frogs are 1-2-1 in tournament games.

Bobbi Clemmer is the only Horned Frog to have played every minute of the season. She has played 1,682 minutes this season. It marks the second time in her career that she has played every minute of the regular season.

Sophomore Meghan Murphy ranks third on the squad with 1,660 minutes of action. She has played the entirety in 17 matches, including each of the last 10. She came off the field just once on Sept. 14 at Sam Houston State.

Freshman Ryan Williams has also moved into iron woman territory have played every minute of the last 11 matches headed into the tournament. She ranks fourth on the squad with 1,612 minutes of play.

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.

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.

TCU has generated 107 corner kicks this season, a mark that ranks third in the Big 12. The Frogs average nearly six corners per match. Makenzie Koch has taken the majority of the corners with 52. Michelle Prokof and Eryn Spencer have taken 18 and 15, respectively. A new twist in the Frogs last three weeks was Emma Heckendorn being called on to take the corners. Her very first attempt resulted in a goal from Makenzie Koch. She has taken 10 corners in the last three matches.

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.

In a roster that features 17 newcomers, there has been plenty of opportunity for fresh faces to see their first action in a collegiate soccer match. Seven newcomers were in the starting lineup on opening night. In total, 13 of the newcomers have seen action in a match this season.



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