No. 12 Aggies Host UTSA on Sunday
The Aggies, who are 18-0-3 against in-state foes since 2008, looking for their first win of the 2013 campaign as they host the Roadrunners.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies look to get in the win column on Sunday night as they host the UTSA Roadrunners at Ellis Field on Sunday evening at 7 pm.
Texas A&M was edged out in its season-opener by No. 7 Duke, 1-0. The Blue Devils scored the game-winner in the 52nd minute of action. The Aggies were unable to knot the game despite outshooting Duke 5-1 in the last 12 minutes of action.
On Friday three players saw their first ever action in the Maroon and White led by freshman Liz Keester with 47 minutes. Senior transfer Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar played 17 minutes and freshman Ana Cruz logged nine minutes.
UTSA enters the fray with a 0-1-0 mark, losing a 5-0 decision at No. 13 Baylor on Friday. The Roadrunners return nine letterwinners and four starters, including midfielder Laylla da Cruz, defender Anka Grotle, defender/midfielder Charlotte Husoe and forward Kauwela Neal.
Texas A&M owns a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series, including a 2-0 win last August at Ellis Field. In last year's victory, Annie Kunz scored with 18 seconds left in the first half and Meghan Streight added a goal in the 10th minute of the second half.
#12 TEXAS A&M (0-1-0) VS. UTSA (0-1-0)
Sunday, August 25, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Ellis Field | College Station, Texas
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SUNDAY VS. UTSA
- Welcome Home Aggies: Students get in free
- Take Me Out to the Game: buy one adult GA ticket and get 4 children (under 12 y/o) in free.
- Students Eat Free: Free food for the first 400 students in attendance.
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WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In its season opening, A&M is ranked No. 12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, and No. 9 in the BennettRank poll. North Carolina claimed the top spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, followed by Stanford, Florida State, Penn State and UCLA in the Top Five.
LAST TIME OUT - #7 DUKE
The No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies were edged out by the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils, 1-0, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 5,242 at Ellis Field on Friday evening. The match marked the season opener for both squads.
Duke notched the lone goal of the match in the 52nd minute of action. Freshman Toni Payne weaved down to the penalty spot and offered an outlet pass to senior Kim DeCesare on the right flank. DeCesare took two dribbles and uncorked a shot from the right corner of the six-yard area to the left of Aggie netminder Jordan Day and into the side netting for the 1-0 lead.
The Blue Devils' goal gave Duke a 12-5 edge in shots through 52 minutes. Texas A&M was able to outshoot Duke 7-5 down the stretch, including 5-1 in the final 12 minutes but the Aggies were unable to find the back of the net for the equalizer.
A&M had three prime opportunities to score in the final four minutes, but misfired. With just less four minutes left in the contest junior Shea Groom sent a cross in from the left to an unmarked Liz Keester towards the right post, but the offering missed finding the freshman's boot by a yard. Groom had a shot blocked from eight yards out with 3:00 showing on the clock. With 1:15 remaining, junior Kelley Monogue sent a corner kick in from the left side and found the head of Annie Kunz, but the junior's header went two feet high of the left upper ninety.
Day, the Aggie junior goaltender, made five saves in a valiant effort in goal for A&M. In the 36th minute she staved off a pair of shots at point-blank range by DeCesare to keep the contest scoreless going into the intermission.
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