Before the season began, TCU soccer goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold said she believed the strength of this year’s Horned Frogs squad was its heart.That was immediately put to the test in TCU’s first week of play, as two of the Horned Frogs’ first four games went past the full 90 minutes of regulation play.Last Friday, TCU (2-1-1) battled through two overtimes against LSU, to come out with a 0-0 draw against the Tigers.That game was special to the soccer team, as they played the Tigers a day before the football team took on LSU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. “It was defiantly awesome to get to play them before the football game,” Arnold said. The Horned Frogs followed that overtime performance with a 2-1 extra-period win over Houston Baptist in Houston. Arnold was the heart and soul of the team through those two back-to-back overtime games, earning her the Big 12 defensive player of the week honor for the first time this season. It’s the third time in her career Arnold has received the award. Her three-save performance against LSU that led to the 0-0 tie earned Arnold her ninth career shutout. The lone goal allowed in the game against Houston Baptist was on a penalty kick as time wound down in a game that saw her make five saves. Arnold credited the honor as a team award because of the work of the defense in front of her.“I definitely think it’s humbling and awesome and a great feeling,” Arnold said. “To me it’s an award that goes to my whole defense as a whole and something that my team accomplished.”The Horned Frogs will ride a three-game streak without a loss into its home opener at 7 p.m. Friday against Illinois State, followed by a duel against North Texas at noon Sunday. For all the hard work the team put forth this past week on the road, coach Eric Bell said it will be a nice reward to come back and play at home in front of a TCU home crowd. Volleyball at 2-1The TCU volleyball team showed early signs of maturation as it opened the season in the Georgia Bulldog Invitational, taking two out of three matchesin Athens, Ga. The Horned Frogs decisively took their season opener against Furman 3-0, before falling to Georgia 3-0. TCU finished the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Lipscomb in a block party effort. The Horned Frogs tied a program record for second-most blocks in a match with 21 against Lipscomb, with 12 coming from freshman Regan McGuire. McGuire tied Jennifer Sebastian for first all time in individual blocks in a match. TCU (3-1) also defeated University of Illinois at Chicago 3-1 on Thursday in Chicago, recording 12 blocks. Ashley Smith led the Frogs with 15 kills. The Horned Frogs compete in the Marquette Challenge in Milwaukee this weekend beginning Friday at 1 p.m. against No. 3 USC.
Fri.: vs. Illinois State, 7 p.m.
Sun.: vs. North Texas, noon
Friday: USC, 1 p.m.
Saturday: Marquette, noon
(both games at Milwaukee)