Aug. 29, 2003
Fort Worth, Texas -
The TCU Horned Frogs soccer team will kick off the 2003 campaign as they hit the road to face off against No. 6 (NSCAA) Texas A&M. This marks the 18th meeting between the two schools. The Aggies hold an 11-6 advantage in the series, having won the last eight meetings.
Head coach David Rubinson will bring a team full of new faces to A&M. The squad will feature 10 returners, four transfers and 13 freshmen. The Horned Frogs are coming off of a successful preseason in which they won two exhibition games in shutout fashion. TCU topped Texas Wesleyan 12-0 and Midwestern State 2-0.
News & Notes:
The Fortune-ate One
*Freshman Ashley Fortune (Bothell, Wash.) has burst onto the scene in her first two preseason matches. Fortune scored the first and last goal of a 12-0 rout of Texas Wesleyan and picked up the only two goals of a 2-0 victory over Midwestern State. Her four goals led the team in the preseason and her eight points was tied for the team lead.
Moore is Better
*Mississippi State transfer Jessi Moore (Jr., Grapevine, Texas) scored a hat trick against Texas Wesleyan. Along with the three goals, she tallied two assists. Her eight points tied her with Ashley Fortune for the team lead in the preseason. While at Mississippi State, Moore amassed 62 points in two seasons for the Bulldogs.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
*In 180 minutes of action, TCU goalkeepers Jennifer Sims (Fr., The Colony, Texas) and Katie Buchanan (Fr., Plano, Texas) faced only two shots, one of which was on goal. Buchanan saw a Wesleyan shot go wide in the Horned Frogs first preseason game and Sims made the only save of the preseason. With the Frogs holding onto a 1-0 lead against Midwestern State, Sims made the stop on a ball ticketed for the corner to keep the Frogs in the lead.
Old Faces Return
*Some familiar faces will return to the pitch the season after suffering season-ending injuries in 2002. Rebecca Repasky (Kilgore, Texas) returns for her senior season after a torn ACL ended her season just seven games in. Also returning is Bara Gunnarsdottir (So., Kopavogur, Iceland), who redshirted last season due to a right knee injury.
*The meeting with Texas A&M marks one of three games the Frogs will play against ranked opponents this season. TCU will face off against No. 22 SMU on September 9th and preseason No. 1 Santa Clara on October 5th.
Scouting The Aggies
*Texas A&M returns six starters from a team that advanced to the Elite Eight in 2002 and enter the season ranked No. 6. The Aggies top returner this season is their number one goalkeeper in Kati Joe Spisak who finished the 2002 campaign with a 1.02 goals against average. The Aggies picked up two preseason victories, a 2-1 win over No. 20 Clemson and a 5-0 victory over Houston. Spisak allowed only one goal in 132:03 between the pipes and Kristen Strutz picked up two goals.