The women’s soccer team will face a stiff test against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Friday night in Fort Worth.
“We’re going to have to be very composed and organized defensively,” said TCU head coach Dan Abdalla. “Competing for every ball will be the key for us.”
Texas Tech has demonstrated an explosive offensive attack in its last couple of matches. Redshirt freshman midfielder Dawn Ward leads the Red Raiders with four goals, and sophomore midfielder Taylor Lytle is tied second on the team with senior forward Brittney Harrison with two goals.
“They’ve got a really good young group,” Abdalla said.
Brittney Harrison, Zhaleh Rezaie and Taylor Lytle are three players the Horned Frogs have to key in on at all times, he said.
“We’re really just going to try to dictate the tempo of the game,” he said. “We want to make sure that we maintain possession and that we give ourselves the ability to get numbers forward and in the final third really commit ourselves to getting in the box.”
The Tech offensive attack has been doing well lately, scoring four goals in their last contest and scoring five in another.
The team is going to have to communicate very well and be well organized with the back line and with the midfield to able to keep track of the players, Abdalla said.
The team has worked on getting more organized defensively and being more creative on offense, he said.
“We’ve also spent a lot of time on just really just kind of getting focus in and doing things sharper,” he said. “As early as it is in the season, we got to make sure we’re improving in every game and getting sharper; we’ve gotten better in every game, but we’re still not to the point we want to be at with everything.”
The Horned Frogs enter the match against the Red Raiders with a 3-0 record in NCAA contests. Texas Tech enters the contest with a record of 2-1.
TCU beat Texas Tech last year in Lubbock by the score of 3-2. The Horned Frogs rallied in the second half of the game overcoming a 2-0 deficit. Sophomore defender Alex Mechalske, then a freshman, started the comeback in the 49th minute with her first career goal. Forward Jordan Calhoun tied the game seven seconds later, and forward Lizzy Karoly scored the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute.
Texas Tech beat University of Texas at San Antonio by the score of 5-0 and University of Texas at El Paso 4-3. Their lone loss was to Utah State 3-2.
Calhoun leads the Horned Frogs this season in goals with three, and sophomore forward Kristen Halverson leads the team with two assists.
Calhoun was named TCU Student-Athlete of the Week after wins against Texas-San Antonio and Houston Baptist.