No. 8 TCU Soccer is set to face off against No. 9 Texas A&M at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium tonight at 7:00 p.m. CST.
The Horned Frogs are coming off a dominant 7-0 win over Stephen F. Austin to kick off the 2021 season, meanwhile the Aggies are fresh off a 1-0 loss to the no. 1 team in the country, Florida State.
An astounding 26 athletes made an appearance in Thursday’s game against the Lumberjacks. Though coach Bell likely won’t be able to have as fluid of a rotation this game, maintaining fresh legs on the first Thursday-Sunday scheduling of the season is key.
Head Coach Eric Bell said these Thursday-Sunday turnarounds are all about depth, which is exactly what the Frogs want. With six new freshmen and five new transfer players, depth is the name of the game for the Horned Frogs this year.
TCU finds themselves scheduled right in the middle of A&M’s three straight top 10 matchups, which is a great place to be. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a trap game for the Aggies, but they did beat the Frogs last year and could potentially be looking ahead to their home opener against No. 7 Clemson next week.
Texas A&M is a very, very different team compared to SFA. The Aggies have and play with a possession-first mindset similar to TCU’s tactical approach. They are going to be a lot tougher and more physical than the Lumberjacks were earlier in the week, but it’s nothing the Frogs haven’t seen before.
The last time these teams met was in the Spring, where Texas A&M came away with a 1-0 win to spoil the Horned Frogs’ unbeaten season.
Historically the Aggies have a major advantage over TCU, winning 16 of the 22 all-time games including the past thirteen matchups consecutively dating back to 1993. In other words, TCU hasn’t bested the Aggies in soccer since before the first ever text message was sent.
The reason I mention this horrendous stat is not to down the Horned Frogs in any way heading into tonight’s game, rather to provide fuel for the fire that is soon to be burning. Beating fellow Texas schools is always a swell time for athletes and fans alike, but wouldn’t it be even sweeter beating a team for the first time in three decades?
History is history for a reason; it’s in the past. Tonight starts a new chapter for TCU Soccer.
Considering Garvey-Rosenthal stadium is back at 100% capacity this season, and because they are selling beer now, I fully expect to see a sellout crowd for this one. In a pre-match presser, coach Bell expressed that Horned Frog fans have always come out to support the team in games of this magnitude and that he wouldn’t be surprised seeing 3,000+ in the stands.
“It’s a ruckus environment that we will use to our advantage,” said Bell on Garvey-Rosenthal.
If you plan on attending the game tonight I’d recommend arriving as early as possible to ensure you get a seat. This will be 90 minutes of soccer you don’t want to miss!