For the past two years, the TCU soccer team claimed it was a confident bunch heading into the Big 12 tournament.
Two years ago the Horned Frogs proved themselves correct, advancing to the Big 12 tournament final before losing to Baylor. They were the first No. 8 seed to knock off the conference regular season champion since 2003.
Last season was a different story as the Horned Frogs saw their season end in the first round at the hands of Texas Tech.
This season, the players claim yet again to have gained new confidence heading into the year’s tournament, but it has a different feel to it.
This confidence isn’t blind.
TCU finished with just one Big 12 victory, but held top-seed West Virginia to a scoreless tie, one of three games that ended in a draw.
TCU will face West Virginia to open the tournament at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo.
“I think the mood is changing,” junior defender Bobbi Clemmer said. “Everyone’s thinking is changing that we’re tying these teams. We’re just a hair away from a more successful season and I think that’s given us a lot of confidence and that’s going to help us a lot in the tournament.”
TCU is one of only two schools to beat the Mountaineers in conference play since they joined the Big 12 in 2012 and was the only Big 12 team to take points from the Mountaineers this season.
“We’re the only team that took points from them this season, so we want to go take something we didn’t get the full points from,” said sophomore forward Michelle Prokof. “We want to go get that now.”
Both players said it that seeding and regular-season results don’t matter because the team that comes ready to take that one game will advance.
“We’ve all played each other and know what is going on, but there is still a lot of mystery because anybody could really win,” Clemmer said.