Horned Frogs to battle SMU on Friday
Sept. 20, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU soccer program returns to the road this week with matches against SMU and nationally ranked Missouri. Start time for the contest against the Mustangs is set for 7 p.m. at Westcott Field in Dallas, while the match against the Tigers will begin at 1 p.m. at Walton Stadium.
Last week, SMU (2-1-1) suffered its first loss of the season to Arizona State, 4-1. The Mustangs were outshot by the Sun Devils, 11-3. Following its match against ASU, SMU battled Texas Tech to a 0-0 tie in front of 643 people in Dallas.
Missouri (4-2-0) comes into this weekend having dropped both of its matches last weekend at the Stanford Invitational. The Tigers, who are currently receiving votes in the NSCAA/adidas Poll, fell 3-2 to No.1 ranked Stanford to open tournament action and then came back and dropped a 2-1 contest to No. 2 Santa Clara.
Scouting TCU (3-3-0)
Scouting SMU (2-1-1)
SMU is coming off its sixth consecutive NCAA appearance and a 17-5-1 overall record last season. The Mustangs, who earned the 2006 Conference USA regular season championship, were picked to win the conference again this fall.
Goalkeeper Ashley Gunter returns for SMU after a sophomore campaign in which she garnered second-team All-America honors.
Scouting Missouri (4-2-0)
This season, the Tigers have outscored their opponent, 11-3, in the second half of their first six games. They are currently ranked as high as No. 20 by SoccerTimes.com.
Last Time Out (Torda's late goal lifts TCU past UTSA)
The Horned Frogs came out of the gates with a strong offensive performance that produced 10 of the first 12 shots through the first 25 minutes of the match. Overall, TCU outshot UTSA in the first half, 16-3, tallying eight shots on goal.
Overall, TCU improved to 2-2-0 on the year, while UTSA dropped to 1-3-1. On the night, Torda netted her second goal of the year in front of 886 people at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. The shutout in the second period marked the third consecutive game that TCU has shut out its opponent for the half.
Last Time Out (1,558 watch TCU drop Texas Tech, 2-1)
Winners of two-straight and three of its last four, TCU pressured the Red Raiders all night long with a solid offense and key defensive stops late in the contest.
Jackie Torda, a freshman from Colleyville, put TCU on the board first off an assist from Chelsea Cody. Torda, who netted her third goal of the young season, got behind the Red Raider defense and beat Texas Tech goalkeeper Tina Rincon in the 31st minute.
On the night, Texas Tech outshot TCU, 19-15. Walters had another solid night in goal, stopping 11 shots overall. Nguyen led the Horned Frog offensive attack with six shots, including three on goal. Torda followed with four shots on goal.
Overall, TCU improved to 3-2-0 on the year and brought its home record to 3-0-0. Texas Tech dropped to 2-3-0 with the loss.
With the win, TCU's Walters has now won two-straight at home, while the shutout in the first half marked the fourth consecutive game TCU's defense has shut out an opponent for a half.
Last Time Out (TCU falls to ASU, 2-0)
Overall, TCU posted seven shots in the match, including four in the second half. The Horned Frogs were led on offense by Hayes and Nickens. The tandem recorded two shots apiece.
Missouri and TCU have never met before on the soccer field.
Follow The Horned Frogs
Against SMU, fans will be able to listen to the match by clicking on the live audio link located on the schedule page.
All regular season home contests will be broadcast live via webstreaming on gofrogs.com.
On Oct. 3, FWISD elementary school's will be given free admission to the Horned Frogs match against Prairie View A&M.
Torda Named Athlete of the Week
Last week, Torda netted two goals, including the game-winner against UT-San Antonio.
Overall, the Colleyville native leads TCU with three goals on the year and a .706 SOG percentage after six games.
A Real Crowd Pleaser
Three's the Key
Overall, eight different freshmen have now seen action this fall.