Picked to finish 3rd in the Big 12 preseason poll, you could say that TCU Soccer has over-achieved thus far in 2020.
But the way the Horned Frogs have been playing so far in this oddest of seasons, it doesn’t feel like their over-achieving — they’re just that good.
Led by a premiere goal-keeper in Emily Alvarado, who has allowed just one score all season, and superstars Yazmeen Ryan and Messiah Bright, the Frogs play hard, play fast, and don’t seem to be flustered no matter who is lining up against them.
Their only stumble of the season was a scoreless tie in Waco — the first action the program had seen against another team since last fall. Since they opener, they have dominated Texas (a 3-0 win in the home opener), held off Iowa State 1-0, and gone into Stillwater to knock off a top five program in Oklahoma State in OT.
After knocking off the Cowgirls, the Frogs found themselves with a top ten ranking, landing at #6 in the latest United Soccer Coaches’ Poll.
Though there is not an NCAA Playoff this season, the Horned Frogs have positioned themselves well in the race to a Big 12 title. With the win over Oklahoma State, they have taken sole possession of second place in the conference, trailing only West Virginia (4-0). The Eers, projected to finish fourth in the preseason poll, have been on a tear, and the two programs will meet in the last scheduled game of the regular season. Before that, keep an eye on a pivotal matchup at Kansas; the Jayhawks are 3-1 to start the season with their only loss at Baylor. TCU next faces Texas Tech, who was the preseason favorite in the league but has gotten off to a slow start, just 0-2-2 through their first four games. The teams play Friday at 7:00pm in Fort Worth and on ESPN+.