Soccer’s historic season ends in Round of 32

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Messiah Bright fires a shot at goal against BYU on Nov. 9, 2018. Photo by Cristian Argueta Soto.

The Horned Frogs’ record-breaking season ended as they fell 2-0 to Texas A&M Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The match was scoreless at halftime, but a pair of second-half strikes by the Aggies put some distance between the sides, and the Frogs were unable to stage a comeback.

“It wasn’t our day today,” said TCU head coach Eric Bell. “Unfortunately, we weren’t as sharp as I thought we were going to be.”

Goalkeeper Emily Alvarado punts away the ball against BYU on Nov. 9, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.

Texas A&M broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute through their leading goalscorer Ally Watt. Watt stole the ball and fired a bullet into the top corner for the goal.

The goal was Watt’s second of the tournament — she scored the game-winner in their last game against North Texas to send the Aggies through to the Round of 32.

The lead was doubled in the 76th minute off an Aggie corner kick. TCU attempted to clear the danger, but the ball fell to Addie McCain at the top of the penalty box, and she finished for the 2-0 lead.

Goalkeeper Emily Alvarado was a bright spot for the Frogs. Her eight saves, including five in the second half, kept TCU within striking distance when Texas A&M was threatening to pull away.

While the loss was disappointing, the players and coaches were proud of their efforts this season. Bell said this season was a “stepping stone forward for our program.”

Cachet Lue steps up to slot home a penalty kick against Butler on September 16, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.

Senior defender Cachet Lue echoed Bell’s statements and noted the difference from her first year on the team to now.

“I think we laid out a foundation that people can follow,” said Lue. “I am proud of the past four years I have had here with my teammates and the other seniors.”

Bell spoke highly of the impact the senior class had both on and off the pitch during their TCU careers.

“We lose a group of ladies that have done some outstanding things for our program,” Bell said.

Texas A&M advances to the round of 16, where they will face Tennessee Sunday.