The TCU women’s soccer team has high expectations for the 2011 season with seven of their 11 starters returning.
Senior forward Jordan Calhoun, who holds the TCU all-time record for goals (29), said the ultimate goal for this season is to make it to the NCAA Tournament.
“We want to go to the NCAAs this year,” Calhoun said. “We are the only team at TCU that’s never been.”
Calhoun said last year’s team had the talent but were at times too inconsistent and lacked execution.
“We just lacked the final ball, the final tackle you know this or that,” Calhoun said. “So I think this year we need to focus on finishing strong.”
Senior midfielder Alex Mechalske agreed with Calhoun.
“Making sure everyone is focused on the same goal and making sure we all are focused on the same game plan,” Mechalske said.
Last year, the team had different mindsets at the same time so it was difficult to get everyone together, she said.
Mechalske played in all 19 games last season and scored TCU’s only two goals in a preseason match against Houston on Aug. 13. Mechalske, like Calhoun, will be relied upon as a top scorer for the Frogs.
Mechalske said her mindset is to take advantage of every scoring opportunity she can.
“I’m not much of one to be selfish,” Mechalske said. “But if you’re close, you got to do what you got to do and shoot it.”
Although Calhoun and Mechalske are top scorers, both know the importance of passing and finding the best available scoring option for each play.
“I am always looking to go forward,” Mechalske said. “I love being crafty and all, but it’s about the best option for the team, the best pass for the team to be successful”.