Sept. 1, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -
TCU Women's Soccer Weekly Release
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The TCU women's soccer team will hit the road for the first time in 2005 on Friday when the team plays at SMU. The match is the first of two to be played away from home in the next four days. The Horned Frogs enter the contest with a record of 1-1 on the season and are in search of their first-ever victory over the SMU Mustangs. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. at Westcott Field on the SMU campus in Dallas.
TCU recorded a season-opening victory over Texas Tech last Friday, topping the Red Raiders 4-0 behind goals from Karissa Hill, Angie Nickens, Caroline Starns and Kim Thompson. Katy Buchanan and Ashley Pierret stopped all three shots that came their way to record the combined shutout victory. On Sunday, the Frogs ran into a tough Texas A&M squad that came into the match as the sixth-ranked team in the country. The Aggies put four goals on the board and limited the Frogs to just six shots in the 4-0 win.
News & Notes:
Against the Mustangs
The SMU-TCU rivalry continues on Friday when the teams meet for the 25th time ever. SMU has dominated the rivalry, winning 22 times and tying two others. The Frogs were shutout by the Mustangs a year ago in Fort Worth and played to a 4-2 loss in 2003. The Frogs are 0-10 at Westcott Field.
Scouting the Mustangs
The Mustangs enter the contest with a 2-1 record to start the 2005 campaign. After a season-opening 1-0 loss to Texas, they have won two straight matches. All three matches have been played away from home and Friday's match will be the home opener. A second-half surge led the Mustangs to a 3-1 win over Texas Tech and four second-half goals helped them to a 5-3 win over Oral Roberts. Offensively, they are led by Carley Phillips who has seven points on three goals and an assist. Ashley Gunter has started all three matches and has nine saves on the season, while allowing three goals.
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.
Spreading It Around
The Frogs racked up four goals and three assists in the season opening win over Texas Tech. Five different Frogs accounted for the scoring. Karissa Hill tallied the first goal of the season, while Angie Nickens and Caroline Starns each picked up a goal and an assist. Also scoring a goal was Kim Thompson, while K.D. Waters chipped in with an assist.
TCU came out of the Texas A&M loss a little beat up. Early in the game, the Frogs lost Courtney Brill to a season-ending injury. Just before half, TCU suffered another injury as Ashley Pierret was led off the field. Her injury will sideline her for one match.
TCU started the season 1-0 for the first time since a 2-1 overtime victory over the Red Raiders in 2001. It was also the first season-opening shutout since the 2000 campaign. Katy Buchanan and Ashley Pierret each played a half in goal to help the Frogs to victory. Pierret made the only three saves of the contest.