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TCU alumni connect with each other at Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. on Friday Oct. 7, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Tristen Smith)
How TCU's alumni chapters keep the Horned Frog spirit alive post-grad
By Addison Thummel, Staff Writer
Published May 11, 2024
TCU graduates can stay connected with the Horned Frog community with alumni chapters across the nation.

Soccer: Team hopes to capture elusive win

After 21 years and 26 matches, the soccer team will be looking for the program’s first win against SMU tonight in Dallas.Since TCU’s first match with SMU back in 1986, the team has an all-time record of 0-24-2 against the Mustangs including a 2-0 loss last season in Fort Worth.

Even with the 0-24-2 all-time record, freshman defender and midfielder Cheryl Martin guaranteed a win for the Horned Frogs.

“I think that our team this year, we’re so much better,” Martin said. “There’s no chance we won’t beat them.”

Junior defender Sara Schneider joked about the two teams’ history saying she hated SMU. Though she may be joking about hating SMU, Schneider said she is serious about the team responding to last season’s loss.

“There’s always a vengeance factor after you play anyone you lose to,” Schneider said.

Head coach Dan Abdalla said he sees this game as just another game, but there is a raised level of intensity any time his team plays an in-state foe, such as SMU.

“Anytime you’re playing anybody within the state, there’s going to be a certain energy level that’s going to come with it,” Abdalla said. “For us, it’s just another game that we have to come out and prepare and try and prove ourselves.”

The Horned Frogs come into tonight’s showdown with a 3-3 record this season with two of the three losses coming on the road.

Martin said location does not matter for a game like this.

“Being so pumped up for this game and knowing that they’re our rival, I think we could play them anywhere and still beat them,” Martin said.

Playing in Dallas adds more excitement to the game because a win on the Mustangs field would “just taste better,” Schneider said.

In order for TCU to win the game against SMU, Abdalla said it’s going to have to put forth a good offensive effort.

“The big thing for us is how much we can get our attack to be dangerous and to get going and to have confidence attacking their goal,” Abdalla said. “The goal for us is to go out and win the game and not just to go out and participate.”

Schneider said the teams usually match each other’s play well and she expects the game to be a very physical one.

“We played with each other in clubs, so we all have the same style of play,” Schneider said. “We’d really like to be better than them, show that we’re better than them and we work harder than them.”

As for Abdalla’s take on SMU, he said he was unsure of what to expect heading into the game.

“Bottom line is you never know what you’re going to get until you show up on the field,” Abdalla said.

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