No. 21 Women's Soccer Travels to TCU


By Tim Goodenow for WVUsports.com
September 27, 2012 04:37 PM
FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 21-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team travels to TCU for its first Big 12 road match on Friday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.

The Horned Frogs, like the Mountaineers, are the league’s newcomers and TCU will be playing its inaugural Big 12 match. West Virginia and TCU have never met on the soccer field.

“We are excited to hit the road but are walking into the lion’s den with all the excitement surrounding TCU’s first Big 12 game,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “I’m sure they will have a large crowd, so we need to be focused from the opening whistle and maintain that focus for a full 90 minutes.”

The Mountaineers opened Big 12 action last weekend with a pair of wins over visiting Texas Tech and then No. 7-ranked Oklahoma State. WVU is one of three schools without a loss after the opening week of Big 12 play, joining Texas and Kansas.

WVU carries a four-match win streak into the weekend, led by forwards Frances Silva and Kate Schwindel. The two have combined for 15 goals and six assists this season, with Silva most recently named the NSCAA National Player of the Week.

Defensively, the Mountaineers have posted three shutouts in their last four matches. Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Keane has played every minute in goal with a 0.93 goals-against average.

Coach Eric Bell is in his first season at TCU, looking to give the Horned Frogs their first NCAA appearance. TCU returns six starters from last year that finished tied for sixth in Mountain West Conference.

“I know Eric pretty well and he will have his team ready to go Friday,” says Izzo-Brown. “They have been playing some good soccer as of late and will carry that confidence into the weekend.”

The Horned Frogs won three-straight matches before falling 2-1 in overtime to Denver, currently ranked No. 18 by Soccer America.

Junior Brittany Slyman and senior Monica Alvarado lead the team in goals scored with three each. Freshman midfielder Makenzie Koch leads the team in points behind five assists and two goals.

The Horned Frogs are led defensively by goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold who sports a goals-against average of 0.66 with 37 saves. TCU’s defense, which allowed 32 goals last year, has posted five shutouts in 10 matches this season.



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