Amid team’s success, club soccer looking for more support


The TCU men’s club soccer team at regionals in 2014.

TCU men’s club soccer is looking for a league that has spring play.

Currently, the club team only competes in the fall within the Texas Collegiate Soccer League as a part of the Lone Star North Conference.

“We are currently trying to get an indoor league started for the beginning of the spring semester,” said Connor Driscoll, a defensive midfielder.

Although the team is not well known among the TCU community, the team’s competitive success is evident, said center midfielder Matthew Cantwell.

“Last year, we beat the No. 1 nationally ranked men’s club team, Texas A&M,” Cantwell said. “And two years prior, the club team made it to nationals.”

The team has been invited to regionals the past four years. Attending regionals is a big deal because only two teams in TCU’s division are invited, said Griffin Bryant, the team’s president.

“We haven’t had more than two losses each year,” Bryant said.

Although TCU men’s club soccer does not play competitively in the spring, many college soccer programs do.

Even though many male soccer players at TCU are aware of the club team and their recent successes, most students appear to be unaware of the team. On rare occasions, a few people will attend the team’s matches, Bryant said.

Driscoll said the team had one fan at a home game this year. “More students getting into the sport and attending home games would be awesome,” he said.

Although TCU does not have an NCAA team due to Title IX regulations, the benefit of playing for a college club team is that players can live a more balanced life, Bryant said.

“It’s a great program here because it’s not super committed, and they still make you focus on your grades and school,” Bryant said.

The team usually has a standing roster of 42 players and an active roster of 20, said Bryant.

The current team has many seniors, which means a variety of key positions will be available next fall.

“Last year, we had 90 kids try out for six spots,”  Bryant said.

The team will hold tryouts on the second day of classes next fall.