A&M faces tough weekend double-header
Following the loss of top scorer to injury, A&M looks to stay afloat against UMass and Cal-Poly
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 00:09
After a strong showing last weekend — coasting past the San Diego Toreros 6-1 and clinching a 0-0 tie in a double overtime thriller against No. 10 Baylor — the No. 20 Aggies will bring their eight-game home stand to a close this weekend.
The Aggies will be without star forward Annie Kunz on Friday and Sunday following the leg injury she sustained in a challenge in the opening seconds of the Baylor game last
“I mean, it definitely was a blatant tackle in the first 10 seconds of the game, so whenever that happens you kind of have to question it a bit,” Kunz said. “I don’t know her personally, and I don’t know if I was targeted or not, but I wish she wouldn’t have been as aggressive in the first 10 seconds.”
The Aggies will host the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen on Friday in what will be the third matchup between the two programs. The two teams have split the previous matchups, the most recent an A&M 3-0 shutout in 1996.
UMass has struggled early in the season with a 1-3-1 record. Despite the slow start, Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri stressed the importance of playing up to the Aggie standard.
“Like any game, whether we are playing against the No. 1 team in the country or anybody else, it’s really about us and how we perform as individuals and how we perform as a unit,” Guerrieri said. “That’s really what our week has been about, us focusing on things and cleaning up some of the things we’re not doing as well as we can, and trying to build on the things that we’re doing well.”
Following Friday’s matchup against UMass, the maroon and white lace up to take on the Cal-Poly Mustangs Sunday. The Mustangs bring a 4-0-0 record into Ellis Field, starting undefeated for the first time since their 2003 season. Cal-Poly comes into the matchup outscoring its opponents 15-2, led by Elise Krieghoff, leading scorer and three-time Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
After the Aggies’ slow start to the season, Lenz said the back line looks to be molding into mid-season form.
“It definitely took a few days to get our feet under us and we just realized that we needed to work together, so we put in the hours,” Lenz said. “We have the hardest working players on the back line and it was only a matter of time before things clicked.”