By Melissa Triebwasser
Frogs Today staff writer
Many will say that it’s harder to win the second one than the first.
Playing with a target on your back, proving them right, is always more difficult than being the underdog.
For TCU soccer, the 2021 campaign was exactly that, a chance to prove the COVID-tinged Big 12 title of 2020 was anything but a fluke, and that coach Eric Bell had built a program in Fort Worth, not just a team.
All he, and his players, did under that pressure?
Go 19-2-3, win the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles, set program records for wins (19), goals (60), assists (72), points (192) and shutouts (13), and earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament before falling in penalty kicks to No. 5 Rutgers.
Now the Horned Frogs will try and chase a three-peat as the consensus favorite in the Big 12 and the preseason No. 7 team in the country, one that boasts a roster featuring four preseason all-conference players.
Light work, right?