LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 13 Texas Tech will welcome Dallas-Fort Worth rival TCU to the John Walker Soccer Complex Friday in what is set to be a game with major implications in the Big 12 regular season title race.
"They're hungry for points and we're hungry for points," said head coach Tom Stone, whose Red Raiders currently sit atop the conference with 11 points. "We're glad it's here – on our field and with our fans. It's going to be a great Friday night game, and if we get the turnout that we've been getting on those nights, it could be electric."
Texas Tech and TCU have been dead even throughout the series history, which dates back to 1994, and have often traded winning streaks. The last five matchups have yielded three TCU wins, but the five before that saw four for the Red Raiders. Both teams have scored 41 goals against the other, setting the goal differential at a perfect 'zero.' Even last season was even, as the Horned Frogs nabbed Tech in Fort Worth, and the Red Raiders dispatched TCU from the Big 12 Tournament in penalties.
In addition to the competitive nature of the teams, what makes the atmosphere even more sensational is the demographics of the Tech group. Set to take the pitch against the DFW foes are 12 Red Raiders who hail from Dallas and its surrounding communities.
"TCU is such a fun and competitive game every time we play them," said captain Gabbie Puente, who is a native of Fort Worth. "We know them well because we play them every year – sometimes twice because of the spring.
"We are so excited to play them at home under the lights, too. The crowds are insane, so playing against a team we know well with our fans cheering loudly will make for an awesome night."
Tech actually has more Dallas natives (12) than TCU has from the entire state of Texas (11).
CELEBRATING 25 SEASONS
Accompanying a highly-anticipated match on the field will be the official celebration of 25 years of Red Raider soccer. The program will be welcoming back and celebrating alums ranging from its inaugural season of 1994 all the way to last year's class. Most notably, the team will be honoring Kristy Frantz, who this summer was announced as Tech's first-ever Hall of Fame inductee from the soccer program. Frantz, who played from 1996-99, still holds the school record in single-season points (44) and goals (18). She ranks second all-time in career points with 108, goals with 41 and assists with 26.
Tech and TCU are primed for a 7 p.m. kickoff at the John Walker Soccer Complex Friday night.