WCC champion BYU will travel to TCU for NCAA women’s soccer tournament first-round match

Horned Frogs tied for third in Big 12, but get to host the contest in Fort Worth, Texas

Jaren Wilkey | BYU | Coach Jennifer Rockwood's BYU women's soccer program will make its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday at TCU

Provo • BYU’s women’s soccer team will face an old Mountain West Conference foe when the NCAA women’s soccer tournament begins later this week.

It was announced during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday that BYU will play at TCU in the first round on Friday at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. First kick is 6 p.m. MST.

The winner of the TCU-BYU match will face the winner of the Texas A&M-North Texas match at a site to be determined. That second-round match will be played on Nov. 16.

The Horned Frogs went 12-4-3 and tied for third in the Big 12 with a 5-3-1 conference record. BYU went 13-4-1 and claimed the West Coast Conference title with an 8-1 league record.

“TCU has had a great season,” BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “I feel like we’ve seen some of the top teams in the nation and we’ve played up to the level of competition each time. We are just proud to represent the WCC.”

The Cougars are returning to the NCAA Tournament after missing it last year and will be making their 19th appearance. They lost 1-0 to South Carolina in the 2016 tournament’s third round.

BYU’s RPI is 44, while TCU’s is 20. The teams faced one common opponent, Santa Clara. The Broncos downed the Horned Frogs 3-0 on Sept. 13 and lost 2-0 to BYU on Oct. 27.