TCU to Host No. 1 Notre Dame and Houston
Sept. 6, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - After two straight victories and a tournament title at the TU Women's Soccer/Grover Classic, the TCU soccer team returns home to Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium this weekend for a pair of matches against No. 1 Notre Dame and Houston. The Horned Frogs (2-2-0) will take on Notre Dame (4-0-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Houston (2-2-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Friday's match will mark TCU's first-ever match against a team ranked No. 1. Also, during halftime of the match there will be a special dedication ceremony for the new lights at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.
Against Houston on Sunday, the first 200 fans will receive a free t-shirt at the gate.
Audio of both matches will be available on TCU's official athletics website, GoFrogs.com. In addition, Sunday's match will also air on 88.7 KTCU.
This past weekend, TCU defeated Tulsa and Oral Roberts to win the TU Women's Soccer/Grover Classic. The Horned Frogs earned their first victory of the season with a 2-0 win over Tulsa on Sept. 1. TCU wrapped up the tournament title on Sunday when they defeated Oral Roberts 6-2. TCU's six goals were the most scored since also scoring six times against Centenary in 2002.
"I think the wins were nice for the kids," head coach Dan Abdalla said. "The kids are really coming together as a team and we are able to play a full 90-minute match. The victories were big because it is good for them to be able to see the results of what we've been working on the last couple of weeks."
Notre Dame enters Friday's match 4-0-0 on the season and is ranked No. 1 in three of the four major polls. The Fighting Irish are coming off a 3-1 victory over then No. 1 Santa Clara. Notre Dame returns eight starters from the 2005 season when the Irish finished 22-3-0 and first in the BIG EAST.
"Any time you get a chance to play against one of the better programs in the country, you've got to love that opportunity," Abdalla said. "It is particularly good when you are able to get one of those teams to play us at home. It is a great opportunity for us to play a fundamentally sound game and see how we match up with one of the top programs in the country. It should be a great atmosphere under the lights and we want to go out and play hard and give ourselves a chance."
Houston is 2-2-0 on the season, but faces Texas Southern on Wednesday evening. The Cougars return six starters from last year's team that finished 8-7-3 overall. The Horned Frogs defeated Houston 3-1 last season in Houston. TCU leads the all-time series 6-2-0 and has won the last three meetings dating back to 2002.
"It is going to be another gritty match," Abdalla said "For us, it is going to be about putting together a full weekend and being able to comeback Sunday - no matter the result of Friday's match -and finish the weekend with a good performance. Playing two games in a weekend at the level they need to be played at is the next step for us. Houston is a gritty team and the game is always going to be a rivalry because it is an in-state game."
Gates open one hour before the game and tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth.