Soccer travels to Houston
Sept. 6, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU soccer program will continue its regular season slate this Friday against Rice at the Rice Track/Soccer Stadium. Start time is set for 7 p.m.
Rice comes into its season home opener with an undefeated record. TCU is looking to snap a two-match loosing streak against the Owls.
The Horned Frogs opened the 2007 season against No. 7 Texas in Austin. TCU was upended by the Longhorns, 3-1. During the match, freshman Jenna Hayes posted her first career goal off an assist from Jackie Torda.
Overall, Rice has five starters back from its 2006 squad that finished with an 11-6-1 record last fall. Leading the way for the Conference USA squad is senior Samantha Conn, who netted a goal against Dartmouth, and forward Clory Martin.
Last Time Out (Horned Frogs drop match to Texas)
In the first half, sophomore Lizzy Karoly looked to put the Horned Frogs on the board early, but saw her shot blocked by the Longhorn defense. Three minutes later, Karoly missed another opportunity as she watched her shot sail high.
Longhorn forward Kasey Moore put Texas on the board 26 minutes into the contest, beating sophomore Kelsey Vross from 10 yards out. Chelsea Cody, an Oklahoma City, Okla., native, tried to answer right back, but was unable to find the back of the net.
Following a 1 hour, 40 minute, lightening delay, Texas' Kelsey Carpenter netted a goal with 6 seconds remaining before halftime to make the contest 2-0 at the half.
After the half, Michelle Nguyen, a sophomore from Richardson, connected on a ball from outside the box, but couldn't put TCU on the board.
Last Time Out (Horned Frogs down Utah State, 3-1)
TCU (1-1-0) was able to control the tempo of the game for most of the match with constant pressure on the Aggie defense in the first half and a solid defensive effort after halftime. The Horned Frogs outshot Utah State (1-1-0) in the first half, 10-6, tallying three shots on goal. TCU's defense posted a shutout in the second half.
Following a Utah State goal by Dana Pearl, TCU's Nguyen put the Horned Frogs on the board off a penalty kick 10 minutes into the match. A minute later, freshman Cheryl Martin looked to break the tie, but saw her shot sail high.
Lizzy Karoly, a sophomore from Escondido, Calif., broke the tie midway through the first half off an assist from Lizzie Batten. Karoly beat Aggie goalkeeper Ali Griffen from inside the box to notch her first goal of the year and seventh of her career.
On defense, Kelsey Vross and Kelsey Walters split time in goal and had a solid afternoon. Vross posted two saves in 45 minutes of action, while Walters recorded the shutout and stopped five shots in the second half.
Overall, Utah State outshot TCU for the match, 17-14. Nguyen led the Horned Frog offense with four shots, including two shots on goal.
Rice has won the last two meetings, including a 1-0 victory over TCU last fall. The last match played in Houston ended in a 3-3 double overtime draw in 2002.
Follow The Horned Frogs
Also on Tuesday, the first 50 fans in attendance will receive a TCU car flag.
Freshmen Making Impact
On the season, five different freshmen have started for the Horned Frogs.
Nguyen Records A First Since 2005
The Horned Frogs only had one penalty kick attempt all last season.
Not Leaving The State
TCU Holding Strong in Mountain West
As a team, TCU has posted MWC match highs in points, goals, assists and saves.
Game Time Change
The match against the Panthers will mark Fort Worth Independent School District day. Free admission will be given out to all participating schools.