The women’s soccer team will look to cool off the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs Friday night in Fort Worth. TCU (3-3) comes into the match winners of three straight while ACU looks for a win after its 4-1 loss to no. 3 Texas A&M.
TCU won the fist ever meeting between the two teams, 3-0, last September.
ACU goes into the weekend with a 1-4-1 record, with several losses coming at the hands of well established programs. Against the Aggies, ACU struck first and was able to hold TAMU to a 1-1 score at halftime. The Aggies offensive attack overmatched the Wildcats defense, resulting in three second half goals.
“We played well the first half and were able to create some opportunities for ourselves,” head coach Casey Wilson said. “To know we can hang with a team of that caliber should give us confidence moving forward. Many of the opportunities they had were off of our unforced errors. The positive thing about that is that is those are things we can fix.”
The Wildcats scored first against TAMU, when sophomore Chantal Kinsey converted a penalty kick to put the Aggies down, 1-0. At halftime, the Wildcats believed they had a chance to hand TAMU, who has a 50-6-1 home record since 2011, a rare home loss.
“Once I scored, my focus was on buckling it down in the back,” Kinsey said. “We had a lead on A&M, which isn’t something many teams do, so I was focused on maintaining it and not letting any breakdowns happen to give our midfielders and forwards the chance to maintain their attacks.”
TCU started off the season slow, dropping its first three games to Missouri (2-0), Arkansas (1-0) and Illinois (5-2). Since then, the Hornedfrogs have found their way back to .500, with three straight wins against Illinois State, Maryland and Oral Roberts by a combined score of 8-1.
“We have played TCU a couple times and are familiar with their style of play,” Wilson said. “The biggest thing we have to focus on is decision making.”
The Wildcats game against TCU will be the third game of a four game homestand for the Hornedfrogs.
On Sunday, the Wildcats will travel to Austin to take on the Longhorns. The game will provide ACU with more national coverage, something they have done a lot of this season.
The Longhorns are coming off a 2-1 road win over UCLA last weekend. UT registered its first goal of the game in just the fourth minute and led 1-0 at halftime. Each side exchanged a goal, leaving the Longhorns with the win.
These two games will the be last of ACU’s non-conference schedule. The Wildcats begin Southland Conference play Sept. 18 at home against the Texas A&M- Corpus Christi Islanders. TAMCC was predicted to finish eighth in the conference, behind ACU’s fifth preseason ranking.