Oct. 30, 2012
SAN ANTONIO -
The TCU soccer team will open play in the Big 12 Championships Wednesday evening when they take on the regular-season champions, West Virginia. Game time between the Horned Frogs and the Mountaineers is set for 5:30 p.m. at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio.
FOLLOWING THE FROGS
For the first time this season, the Horned Frog soccer match will be heard on KTCU 88.7 FM. Chris Blake will have the call for TCU. Additionally, fans wishing to watch the action live on the Internet can log on to Big12Sports.com to watch a live stream of the match.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fans can find out all the information they need on the Big 12 Championships by visiting the Big 12's tournament central, which can be found at Big12Sports.com.
INSIDE THE MATCH-UP
NO. 8 TCU HORNED FROGS
TCU is qualifying for a conference tournament for the 11th time in program history and the second straight year. Despite a 2-0 loss at Baylor on Friday night, the Horned Frogs qualified for the Big 12 Conference Tournament as the No. 8 seed. The Frogs are led offensively by Monica Alvarado (6 goals; 1 assist). Vittoria Arnold leads the team in goal. She has six shutouts and ranks second in the Big 12 in saves with 91.
NO. 1 WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
In its first year in the league West Virginia took home the regular season crown with a 7-0-1 record. The Mountaineers only blemish was a 1-1 tie at home against Baylor on Oct. 12. West Virginia is unbeaten in its last 13 matches. Offensively, they are led by Kate Schwindel (9 goals; 8 assists) and Frances Silva (10 goals; 2 assists). In goal, Sara Keane has played every minute of the season. She has a 0.83 GAA and eight shutouts.
THE LAST TIME: WEST VIRGINIA 2, TCU 1
Makenzie Koch put the Frogs up 1-0 in the 11th minute, but West Virginia fought back to tie the match right before one on a goal by Amanda Hill. The Mountaineers wasted no time in the second half, taking the lead on a Bri Rodriguez tally in the 52nd minute. Vittoria Arnold made four saves in the loss.
CONFERENCE TOURNEY HISTORY
TCU is making its 11th appearance in a conference tournament this week. The Frogs have played in five of the last six tournaments dating back to 2007.
The Frogs have a 1-8-2 record in conference tournaments. The lone win came in 2008 when the Frogs defeated San Diego State 2-1 in overtime.
In the two ties, the Horned Frogs have fallen victim to the shootout and have not advanced. Both ties were 0-0 at the end of double overtime. The first one came in 1995 to Texas Tech and the second one was in 2003 to Tulane.
RAISING HER GAME
Vittoria Arnold has stepped up her level of play each of the last three games. She has notched at least 10 saves in two of those matches. Arnold had a career-high 12 saves in a 1-1 tie against Texas Tech. In a 2-0 loss to Baylor, Arnold tallied 10 saves.
Her .812 save percentage is third-best in the Big 12. She leads the league with an average of 5.35 saves per game.
She ranks second in the league with a total of 91 saves. The 91 saves ranks eighth all-time. She is one behind Carrie Walsh who had 92 in 1997. The six total shutouts are tied for the second-most in a single season for one goalkeeper. Shannon Wagner had six in 2000.