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TCU Soccer knocks Texas out of tourney, advances to B12 Semis

It took penalty kicks to do it, but the Frogs outlasted the league’s #3 team.

Messiah Bright celebrates with teammates prior to a home match earlier this season.
Ellman Photography (courtesy of www.gofrogs.com)

The Frogs have relied on Emily Alvarado all season long, so it’s no surprise that the junior keeper came up big with the game on the line Sunday night.

TCU Soccer opened tournament play in Kansas City Sunday, bracketed against the conference’s #3 team after finishing 6th in Big 12 play. Alvarado controlled the box through regulation, notching her seventh shutout of the season and making four stops. On the other end, the Frogs had their chances, but Texas’ Savannah Madden was just as tough, stopping all nine scoring opportunities for TCU. Sophomore forward Messiah Bright was once again dangerous on the attack, but was robbed each time she saw a gap, including blasting one off of the crossbar late. She impressed her coach regardless. “She was a beast today. I guess, depending on how things go, I’m going to start calling her Miss. November,” Eric Bell said. “She was in attack mode from minute one and it was nice to watch. Hopefully she can continue this level of play.”

That took the two teams to penalty kicks, with each connecting on their first attempt. But the first was also the last when it came to the Horns finding the back of the net, as Alvarado denied the next three attempts by Texas. Meanwhile, TCU got scores from Yazmeen Ryan, Grace Collins, and Maddie Warren to win 3-1.

Notes

• TCU is now 3-5-6 in the Big 12 Championships.

• TCU played in its third overtime this season (0-0-3).• The Horned Frogs are now 37-24-56 all-time in overtime and 13-7-24 under the direction of head coach Eric Bell.

• TCU improved to 4-4 in the penalty kick phase of the conference tournament. • The Frogs are 4-2 in the penalty kick phase in the Big 12 tournament.

• TCU registered 20+ shots in a match for the seventh time this season.

• TCU outshot its opponent for the 10th time this season.

Emily Alvarado collected her seventh shutout of the season and the 13th of her career.

• Alvarado is tied for third all-time in shutouts with Katie Lund (2016-18).

Yazmeen Ryan, Chaylyn Hubbard, Messiah Bright, Payton Crews, Brandi Peterson, Tara Smith and Gracie Brian played all 110 minutes.

NextThe Horned Frogs (10-6-3, 4-3-2) advance to the semifinals and will face the tournament’s No. 2 seed, Texas Tech, Friday night at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+