A pair of come from behind victories for TCU this weekend, who knocked off the entire state of Kansas.
The saying that a 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead in soccer, unfortunately, held true for the Wildcats.
TCU struck early in the second half, scoring in the forty-sixth minute thanks to the Horned Frogs’ sophomore midfielder Gracie Brian, who connected on a shot right in front of the net to widdle the Wildcats’ lead down to 2-1. Then freshman Olivia Hasler midfielder had her own strike from outside the box for the equalizer at the seventy-seventh minute, sending the game into overtime.
It didn’t take long for TCU to hit the game-winner, as sophomore forward Grace Collins connected on a shot from the left side of the box, sending the Horned Frogs’ bench into a frenzy and handing the Wildcats a heartbreaking defeat.
In a battle of top ten teams, the Frogs came out on top.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The Jayhawks gave up only their second first-half goal of the season when TCU’s Tijana Duricek shot the ball into the back of the net and past KU junior goalkeeper Sarah Peters to give the Horned Frogs a 1-0 lead. Yazmeen Ryan, assisted by Gracie Brian, gave TCU an insurance goal in the 56th minute.
STAT OF THE GAME
Kansas outshot TCU 16-13, but could not capitalize against the impenetrable Horned Frog defense. KU outshot TCU 13-3 in the second half.
Sure, establishing the run is a good idea. But the offensive issues go far deeper.
Patterson said something TCU had not been good at through its first three games was protection during running plays. He thought that his team improved last week in that area. However, the Frogs did not run the ball nearly as often as they had in past games.
Against the Sooners, the Frogs ran the ball for just 108 yards with an average of 3.0 yards per attempt. TCU’s rushing yards usually trend much higher than this — 209 yards against Kansas State and 260 yards against the Longhorns.
He said despite having greater protection, the running backs did not run the ball as well as they had in past games, saying if you want to win ball games you have to run the ball well.
I am really ready for some Horned Frog hoops.
As stated, TCU will open Big 12 play against OU on Dec. 6. The Horned Frogs will have one other league game in December, traveling to Oklahoma State on Dec. 16.
In all, the men’s team is playing 27 games, including 14 home games.
The women’s team, meanwhile, will also open its season on Nov. 25 against Incarnate Word. The Frogs will open Big 12 play against Iowa State on Dec. 2. In total, the women’s team will play 24 games (six nonconference, 18 Big 12).
“We are getting to play basketball,” TCU women’s coach Raegan Pebley said in a statement. “What a blessing and awesome opportunity for our team. Each and every opportunity we have to put on a uniform, whether it be our road purples or our home whites, is one that we will not take for granted. This team is driven, focused, committed and pursuing our best, and are ready to attack it with heart, hustle and with each other.”