TCU soccer carries momentum into home opener

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    The TCU women’s soccer team will be riding the momentum of a successful weekend into its 2013 home opener against Illinois State on Friday.

    Over the weekend the Lady Horned Frogs played a pair of away matches against LSU and Houston Baptist and emerged unbeaten.

    First, the Frogs played 25th ranked LSU in Baton Rouge Friday in a defensive struggle that resulted in a scoreless draw after two overtime periods.

    Redshirt junior goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold recorded her first clean sheet of the season, making several key saves down the stretch to deny LSU a shot at victory.

    “LSU is a talented team and they definitely did not make it easy for us at all,” Arnold said of the stalemate.

    “I had one of the worst performances of my career the week prior so I was really dedicated to making sure I came out for my team on Friday to redeem myself,” Arnold said, “I couldn’t have done it without my defense.”

    Head coach Eric Bell said he thought Arnold, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, was in rare form all weekend.

    “That is the level she’ll be governed by from here on out,” Bell said of Arnold.

    TCU’s 2-1 victory over Houston Baptist came in large part due to Mackenzie Koch, who netted both of the Frog’s goals. It was the first career multi-goal game of Koch's career.

    Coach Bell said he thought the team came out flat for Sunday’s game, but he liked the way they rallied to pull out the victory.

    Sunday’s win over Houston Baptist was the first overtime victory for the TCU women’s soccer program.

    TCU will play at home on Friday for the first time this season and look to continue their hot play against Illinois State.

    “Hopefully we can play a pretty attractive style of soccer,” Bell said. “Hopefully we can entertain the fans and make them want to come back.”

    TCU’s home opener kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.