Soccer opens Big 12 play with a draw

    250

    print
    Vittoria Arnold made eight total saves–one in the first half, six in the second, and one in extra time–to help the Frogs to a seven-game unbeaten streak.

    The Horned Frogs hosted No. 13 West Virginia Friday and played to a 0-0 draw. The frogs are now 7-3-1 (0-0-1) after beginning conference play.

    “Vittoria has been steady and consistent,” said head coach Eric Bell. “I think that you have to give credit to her, but also to the people that are in front of her. It’s not just her, but she get’s all the credit for it and rightly so, but it’s organization, communication and willingness to fight in front of her to make sure the things she is trying to catch are easier for her to see.”

    The draw tired Arnold for a TCU record of 18 career shutouts.

    West Virginia had 29 shots Friday, but only one of those came within the first 17 minutes of the match. The second half brought a barrage of offense from the Mountaineers.

    At the 58th minute, three consecutive shots on goal were blocked by Arnold with the aid of defensive players, Bobbi Clemmer and Lauren Sajewich.

    “We battled tough for 110 minutes like they did,” said Bell. “I’m proud of our group for battling and giving it everything they possibly could to get a clean sheet. If we continue to do this, I like our chances.”

    The frogs will play another ranked opponent Sunday when they host No. 18 Kansas for a second conference matchup. TCU looks to push it’s unbeaten streak to eight games.