Soccer team to face Arizona teams this weekend

The soccer team hopes to improve its 2-0-1 record with a weekend trip to Arizona.

The team will battle Arizona State University in Tempe, at 7 p.m. today, then will pack up and head north to Flagstaff to play Northern Arizona University at 12:05 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s always fun to get to see a different environment so I think the team will be enthused to get out and hit the road,” said head coach Dan Abdalla.

Arizona State defeated TCU 2-0 when they visited Fort Worth last September. The team knows the Sun Devils will be even more of a challenge on their home field.

“They’re going to be a very disciplined, very athletic team,” said Abdalla. “We know they’re going to play with a lot of energy.”

Less is known about Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks currently possess a 1-2-1 record.

Coming off a weekend in which they beat Xavier University 3-0 and tied the University of Mississippi 2-2, TCU focused on a couple of key areas in practice this week in hopes of maintaining their undefeated record.

“We had two breakdowns as a team last game against Ole Miss,” sophomore defender Cheryl Martin said. “We need to work on not having those breakdowns.”

Temperatures in Tempe today are expected to climb well above the 100-degree mark. Both the coach and his players aren’t worried about the impact of the heat on their team.

“That’s my type of weather. I don’t think it will have any factor at all,” Abdalla said.

For the second week in a row, a TCU player has been named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Last week it was junior forward Lizzy Karoly, this week freshman forward Jordan Calhoun earned the honor. Calhoun, who was also named to Soccer Buzz Magazine’s Elite Team of the Week, scored two goals against Xavier and had the equalizer against Ole Miss. She has now scored five goals in three games.

“I was really surprised,” Calhoun said. “It’s amazing. I couldn’t have done it without all the support up top.”