No. 6 TCU soccer suffers first loss of the season to No. 9 Pepperdine


TCU School of Journalism

TCU’s Chaylyn Hubbard (4) sets up a play for her team on Sept. 16, 2021. (Joey Palmeri/Staff Photographer)

By Shaina Looker

TCU was shut out Thursday for the first time this season, falling to Pepperdine 1-0.

Over the first 20 minutes of play, Pepperdine had fired off 11 shots on goal. 

“The first couple of minutes I thought we were on the ball, but for the next 20 we were defending,” head coach Eric Bell said. “We lost our mojo a little bit.”

Both teams were scoreless at halftime though the Waves outshot the Frogs 11-4. 

The game’s lone goal came in the 65th minute. Tori Waldeck took advantage of a long pass, slipped through two TCU defenders, and found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. 

“In the second half, I thought it was relatively even until they scored the goal,” Bell said. “We have to be sharper in those moments and sharper in our attacking zone.”

The Horned Frogs earned two corner kicks in the final five minutes of the match, but Pepperdine was able to hold on for the win. 

Despite not earning the shutout, goalkeeper sophomore Lauren Kellett made a career-high eight saves during the match. 

TCU finished with 10 shots on goal, and strikers senior Messiah Bright and junior Grace Collins led the team with two shots each.

The Horned Frogs (7-1) will welcome the Kansas Jayhawks next Thursday as Big 12 play gets underway. The match is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.