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Gamethread: TCU Soccer takes on WVU with a Big 12 Title on the line

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This is a huge moment for the Horned Frogs.

Emily Alvarado has been incredible in 2020, and has a lot of defensive help in front of her.
Ellman Photography via www.gofrogs.com

It’s here.

TCU Women’s Soccer plays for a Big 12 title tonight in Fort Worth, taking on a legendary program in West Virginia.

The Horned Frogs have never won a conference title, but have come close: with no conference tournament and no postseason, a win tonight is the singular prize.

We will be covering the game and hope you’ll be watching; here is what you need to know to follow the Frogs.

#3 TCU Soccer (7-0-1) vs. #4 West Virginia (7-1-0)

Location: Fort Worth, Texas | Garvey-Rosenthal

TV: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

TCU NOTABLES

  • TCU continued its climbed up the charts to No. 3 in the Coaches poll, its highest ranking in program history.
  • TCU is riding a program-high seven match winning streak.
  • TCU needs a win or a tie to claim its first-ever regular season conference championship.
  • TCU will be facing its third top-10 team this season. The Frogs have two Top-10 road wins (No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Kansas).
  • TCU is one of three undefeated teams (Florida State and North Carolina) with at least two games played.
  • TCU ranks third in the nation in goals against average (0.36) and first in save percentage (.919) among schools that have played at least two games.
  • TCU’s six shutouts this season are tied for third nationally.
  • TCU ranks fifth in the NCAA in shots per match, averaging 16.6 per game.
  • Grace Collins has scored the game-winning goal in each of the last two games.
  • Olivia Hasler made her first career start at Oklahoma.
  • Two of TCU’s six game-winning goals have come from defenders (Tijana Duricek at Kansas; Brandi Peterson at Oklahoma State).
  • Brandi Peterson is the lone Horned Frog to have played in all 743 minutes this season.
  • Emily Alvarado ranks fourth in the NCAA among goalkeepers to have played in at least 100 minutes in goals against average and third in save percentage.
  • Alvarado tallied her 19th career shutout at Oklahoma, giving her the all-time record at TCU.
  • The Frogs are one of 20 programs to appear in four straight NCAA Tournaments.

WEST VIRGINIA NOTABLES

  • West Virginia is coming off a 2-1 win over Kansas last week.
  • The Mountaineers have won five straight since suffering their only loss of the campaign. It was 2-1 double overtime loss to Oklahoma State.
  • Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel leads the Big 12 with six goals, four of which have been game-winners.
  • Kayza Massey and Maddie Murphy have split the eight games in goal. Massey has started the last four games for West Virginia.

SERIES NOTABLES

  • TCU and West Virginia will be meeting for the 13th time in program history, all as league foes.
  • West Virginia holds an 9-1-2 series lead, including a 2-0-1 lead in Fort Worth.
  • The Mountaineers picked up a 2-0 win in their last visit to Fort Worth on Sept. 23, 2018.
  • TCU’s last result in the series came when the teams played to a 1-1 draw in the 2017 Big 12 Tournament semifinals. TCU advanced on penalty kicks.
  • Four of the previous 12 meetings have gone to overtime