Women’s soccer to face strong competition in Tulsa tournament


    The TCU women’s soccer team returns to the field this weekend to take on Tulsa and Oral Roberts in the Tulsa University Women’s Soccer/Grover Classic.TCU will play Tulsa at 7 p.m., Friday and Oral Roberts at 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Both games will be played at Tulsa’s Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium.

    The Lady Frogs are coming off close defeats to the Rice Owls (1-0) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0).

    Head coach Dan Abdalla said that with a very young and inexperienced team this season, close defeats like these are expected, but he said he expects this weekend’s games to challenge his young team.

    “With our young team, we need that challenge for our team’s character,” Abdalla said, according to gofrogs.com.

    The TCU women’s soccer team has been led by freshman Lizzy Karoly, who had seven shots in the 1-0 loss to Rice, according to grofrogs.com. Freshman Michelle Nguyen had six shots on goal in the 2-0 loss against Texas Tech. The same type of progress will be expected from the freshmen leaders in this weekend’s games.

    TCU’s opponents this weekend both have at least one early season victory, with Tulsa having a 2-1-0 record, according to gofrogs.com. Tulsa also returns eight of 11 starters from last year’s seventh place team in Conference USA. Tulsa leads the all-time series with the Horned Frogs, with TCU’s last victory coming in 1999, a 4-3 overtime win.

    “Tulsa is a young team that we do not know much about,” Abdalla said, according to gofrogs.com. The last time TCU defeated Tulsa away was in 1987.

    Oral Roberts returns 13 letter-winners from last year’s squad, according to the Oral Roberts athletic Web site. It finished last season’s regular season 10-9-0. The team returns two-time Mid-Conference Defensive Player of the Year Gentry Detter, who is also a three-year letter recipient.

    TCU does lead the all-time series 5-1, with the only loss coming in 1997. This match will be the fourth straight time TCU has faced Oral Roberts in Tulsa.