TCU women’s soccer run ends with loss to Virginia in Elite Eight

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The deepest run in TCU women’s soccer history came to an end on Sunday.

TCU fell to Virginia 1-0 in an Elite Eight match in Cary, North Carolina. The Frogs, who were the 4-seed in the tournament, finished their season 13-2-1 with the only losses coming to Texas A&M and Virginia.

TCU won the Big 12 regular-season title, and had NCAA Tournament victories over New Mexico and Georgetown. But the historic season came to an end Sunday.

After a scoreless first half, Virginia (14-4-2) got on the board in the 60th minute. The Cavaliers’ Lizzy Sieracki scored on a header off a corner kick by Lia Godfrey.

That proved to the be the game’s lone goal.

TCU’s best chance came a few minutes after Sieracki’s goal. Frogs forward Yazmeen Ryan sent in an attempt in the 65th minute, but it ricocheted off the crossbar and came down near the goal line before being recovered by the Cavaliers’ goalkeeper.

Virginia ended up out-shooting TCU 11-5 on the day.

“I thought the wind played a big part in the game,” TCU coach Eric Bell said afterward. “I thought they (Virginia) had the lion’s share of the ball in the first half or more ball in the first half. In the second half, we had more of the ball.

“Congratulations to Virginia for advancing on. It was a very good college soccer game. I’m really proud of our group for the way that we represented our program. That was an awesome, high-level soccer game that you’re not going to see on an everyday basis and we were a part of that. I’m really proud of our group. We will build on this historic season and continue to strive to be better.”

Virginia advances to face Florida State in the semifinals. The other semifinal matchup is between North Carolina and Santa Clara.

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