Aug. 25, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -
TCU Women's Soccer Weekly Release
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The TCU women's soccer team begins a new era on Friday when it opens the 2005 season. It will mark the second straight season that the Frogs have opened the regular season at home. Texas Tech comes to Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium for a 5 p.m. match. TCU will be looking for its first season-opening victory since the 2001 campaign. On Sunday, No. 6-ranked Texas A&M will come to town for a 1 p.m. match. For the first time in program history, Frog fans will be able to listen to the game on the Internet as R.J. Choppy and Jackie Rodriguez will provide the commentary.
The Frogs are coming off two preseason wins as they posted a 9-1 victory over Texas Wesleyan and a 3-0 decision over Texas Woman's. Freshman K.D. Waters burst onto the scene with five preseason goals, including a four-goal match against Wesleyan, while junior Angie Nickens tallied three goals.
News & Notes:
Frogs on the World Wide Web
For the first time in school history, Frog fans around the world can log on to listen to the women's soccer team in action. Five of the nine scheduled home games will be broadcast live on the Internet. The first match on the airwaves will be Sunday's contest against Texas A&M. The other four games will be Pepperdine (Sept. 16), Boise State (Oct. 2), UNLV (Oct. 14) and San Diego State (Oct. 16). **Click Here**
Against the Red Raiders
Friday will mark the 12th meeting all-time between Texas Tech and TCU. The Frogs hold a 7-2-2 advantage and have won five straight. The Red Raiders have just one win in Fort Worth and are 0-2 at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium. Seven of the 11 previous meetings have been overtime contests.
Scouting the Red Raiders
The Red Raiders are coming off a disappointing 2004 campaign in which they went 3-16, including an 0-8 record away from Lubbock. Their strength this season will be the amount of returning players on the squad as they welcome back 16 letterwinners. The addition of a talented group of newcomers will be a great benefit. They got the season off to a good start, recording a 2-0 exhibition victory over West Texas A&M. Freshman Chessa Purser scored both goals for the Raiders. Both Beth Loppert and Megan Knauss return in goal this season for Texas Tech.
Against The Aggies
The Frogs and the Aggies are no strangers as Sunday will mark the 19th meeting in program history. Texas A&M holds a 12-6 advantage in the series and are winners of the last nine matches. The Frogs' last victory over A&M came in 1992 with a 1-0 win in Fort Worth. The Aggies have appeared at Garvey-Rosenthal just once, in 2003, and left with a 3-0 victory.
Scouting The Aggies
The Aggies come into the season as the sixth-ranked team in the country. They return 10 starters from a 2004 squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak will anchor the team in her final season. She is joined by leading scorers Ashlee Pistorius (19 goals) and Madison Klovstad (5 goals). In their only test of the preseason, the Aggies came away with a 4-0 win over Southern Miss. Four different Aggies tallied a goal in the victory.
Picked To Finish Fifth
In their first season as members of the Mountain West, the Horned Frogs have been picked to finish fifth out of eight teams in the conference. Utah was predicted to win the league.
A Sign of Things to Come
Freshman, K.D. Waters had an outstanding preseason for the Frogs. She tallied five goals in the two preseason matches. Waters led the Frogs with a four-goal performance in a 9-1 win over Texas Wesleyan. In a 3-0 shutout of Texas Woman's, Waters tallied her fifth goal of the preseason.
With the departure of leading scorer Jessi Moore to graduation, junior Angie Nickens has received the call to step into those shoes. Nickens showed in preseason matches that she was ready for the challenge. She recorded a goal in the win over Wesleyan and tallied two of the three goals against Texas Woman's.
The back field of the Frogs lived up to expectations in the preseason. They limited both opponents to a combined 12 shots and just one goal. Katy Buchanan stopped six of seven shots, while Breanne Kaldheim and company frustrated the opponents' offense.