TCU soccer starts off season strong despite COVID-19 challenges

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TCU soccer has faced many obstacles due to COVID-19 but has yet to let those challenges follow them onto the field.

The team is clicking early in the season as they have accumulated two wins and a tie.

Head coach Eric Bell said the team is prioritizing social distancing, wearing masks and getting tested three times a week. The team has not had any positive COVID-19 cases since they arrived on campus in August.

Head Coach Eric Bell. (Jack Wallace/Staff Photographer)

“I’m really proud of them,” Bell said. “They are really conscientious about it and I know they have made some sacrifices socially to keep our bubble, if you wanna call it that, as best intact, as we can.”

The team puts their health first by holding one another accountable. Senior goalkeeper Emily Alvarado says a key component to the team’s success both on and off the field can be attributed to their mentality.

“We need to stay focused and we need to do what’s best for our teammates,” Alvarado said. “If we are confronted with those types of situations then we gotta do what is best for the team and keep our teammates in mind.”

Senior Yazmeen Ryan said in addition to being disciplined, the team is motivated by their goals for this season, including becoming Big 12 champions.

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“Nothing’s gonna stand in our way of our goals,” Ryan said. “Our goals are still attainable even though this virus has changed a lot.”

Ryan added that “staying in it, just having a fighting mentality and not letting anything get in the way of what [the team] needs to achieve” is what the team has embodied thus far and what they will continue to believe throughout the rest of their games this season.

Soccer plays their next game at Oklahoma State University on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.