Women’s soccer to take on Kansas

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    TCU women’s soccer will try to en its scoring drought when it travels to Lawrence, Kan. on Friday to play the University of Kansas.

    The Horned Frogs (4-6-3, 0-2-1) have failed to score in their first three conference games, which include a pair of 2-0 losses to Texas and Texas Tech, and a scoreless draw against Oklahoma State.

    Prior to conference play, the Horned Frogs had been playing their best soccer of the season against ranked teams Arkansas and Denver, and enjoyed one of their best scoring outputs of the year in a 3-0 win over Central Arkansas.

    Part of the problem for the Frogs is the caliber of goalkeepers they have faced since conference play began. Victoria Esson of Texas Tech and Abby Smith of Texas in particular have been difficult to score against all season, combining for 15 shutouts on the year.

    Kansas (5-6-2, 0-1-1) has been streaky this season, winning three of four games to start the year, but is only 2-5-2 since then. Like TCU, the Jayhawks have failed to score in conference play so far, resulting in tie with Iowa State and a 0-1 loss to Texas.

    Kansas is anchored by a talented goalkeeper in redshirt junior Kaitlyn Stroud, who has recorded four shutouts this season and has tallied 62 saves.

    The Jayhawks will be led offensively by senior Caroline Kastor who leads Kansas in goals with four and assists with three.

    TCU head coach Eric Bell said he liked the improvement in the team’s effort against Oklahoma State, stating that he challenged his team to improve its play after the loss to Tech.

    Bell said he was pleased with how hard the team worked against the Cowgirls, which gave the Frogs a chance to win. 

    Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.