Four Horned Frogs earn Big 12 soccer accolades

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Messiah Bright controls a pass against Stephen F. Austin on Aug. 23, 2018. Photo by Jack Wallace.

A talented first-year forward became the first in program history to win a player of the year award Tuesday.

Messiah Bright scored five goals this season for the Horned Frogs and was recognized as Co-Freshman of the Year in the Big 12. She also earned a spot on the conference All-Freshman team.

Bright was not the only Frog to be recognized — Yazmeen Ryan, Karitas Tomasdottir and Maddy Warren also received honors.

Ryan received a first-team All-Big 12 spot. Ryan finished the season with four goals and three assists and supported the team through her versatility.

Yazmeen Ryan runs through the pregame player tunnel before TCU’s match against Alabama on Aug. 17, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.

“She’s awesome — I can put her anywhere on the field and she’ll be successful,” head coach Eric Bell said. “She’s been fantastic in the midfield and fantastic in the backline.”

TCU was represented on the All-Big 12-second team by the senior midfielder Tomasdottir. She was all over the field for the Frogs this season, winning back possession and starting attacks from her defensive midfield role.

Warren joined Bright on the All-Big 12 Freshman squad. Warren was the most statistically productive offensive player for TCU this season, finishing with six goals and four assists.

The season may not be over for the TCU soccer — their fate is now in the hands of the NCAA tournament selection committee. The field of 64 will be announced Monday, Nov. 5.