Two final home games provided the TCU women's soccer team a chance to capture its first win in Mountain West Conference play, but the team fell short on both attempts.Despite holding San Diego State and Nevada-Las Vegas scoreless for a half in each game, the Frogs dropped Friday's game against the Rebels 1-0 and Sunday's game against the Aztecs 3-0.
"We played three real good halves and one bad half," head coach Dan Abdalla said. "We didn't put our games together."
Adrian Peterson and the Oklahoma Sooners offense are only a couple of the many tests the TCU defense will face this season in a schedule filled with unfamiliar opponents.The Horned Frogs will look to improve on its 99th ranking in total team defense from last season, and experience may be the key to improving that ranking since the TCU defense includes a majority of juniors and seniors.
The women's volleyball team will return to the court Saturday night following two seasons that have produced more than 40 wins.This year's team includes 16 freshmen and sophomores and only four seniors and seven juniors.
"It's always a positive to have young players," head coach Prentice Lewis said. "You would like to have seasoned players, but in the future we are pretty promising."
Returning seniors include middle blocker Erin Estep and middle blocker/outside hitter Hayley Harmon.
After a day off Wednesday, the Horned Frog football team will return to the practice field to prepare for the season opener against Oklahoma in Norman on Sept. 3."We've progressed," said head football coach Gary Patterson. "I don't know if you're ever ready for an Oklahoma, but we've done a good job in preparing our kids.
"The biggest thing is that we will find out on the 3rd."
Patterson said the No. 5-ranked Sooners are a tough team to beat on their home field.
This season brings forth a new head coach and a new conference for the TCU women's soccer team that features a majority of underclassmen.Head coach Dan Abdalla came to TCU from Nevada - Last Vegas, where he served as head coach from 2000-2004. He collected a record of 54-38-8 at UNLV, his alma mater.
Abdalla said he is happy to be at TCU because it is a well-rounded institution.
"TCU is a very unique and special place and I am just excited as can be to be here," Abdalla said.
In a game without much offense, the Horned Frogs prevailed over the Houston Cougars 58-51 Wednesday night thanks to timely shooting and critical defensive stops at opportune times.TCU has now won three games in a row over the Cougars and two straight at home in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Head coach Neil Dougherty has helped guide the Frogs to 13 wins total and a 3-1 record in C-USA play for the first time since TCU joined the conference in 2001.