A&M tacks on pair of road wins
Weekend SEC sweep pushes win streak to four games
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
The Texas A&M women’s soccer team (9-3-1, 4-1-0 SEC) improved its win streak to four after a sweep of two SEC opponents on the road Friday through Sunday.
Shea Groom headed to her home state of Missouri Sunday as she led the red-hot Aggies into Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers (6-6-1, 2-2-1 SEC). With the exception of the first game of the season against Duke, the Aggies have won the shots battle against every opponent they have faced this season. That trend did not stop this weekend.
Texas A&M dictated the play throughout the game, outshooting the Tigers by a tally of 15-2, including seven shots on goal to Missouri’s one. Despite the dominance by the Aggie attack, the Tigers were able to fend off the Aggies and escape to the intermission only trailing 1-0.
The second half proved to be more of the same with the Aggies dictating the pace. Facing an onslaught of shots, the Missouri goaltender, McKenzie Sauerwein, kept the Tigers in thegame with her 11 saves on the day.
In the 71st minute, the Aggies went up 2-0 after a shot by Groom was cleaned up by Allie Bailey. The goal by Bailey seemed to give A&M a cushion until the 86th minute when the Tigers stole one back from the Aggies to lessen the lead to 2-1 with just four minutes remaining.
The Aggies closed out the Tigers 2-1 and improved their all-time record against Missouri to 15-5-1 and remained only one point behind LSU for first place in the SEC standings.
“It’s a monumental task winning on the road in conference play,” said head coach G Guerrieri. “Especially when we’re playing an athletic and well-coached team like Missouri. We got a great goal from Liz [Keester] in the first half with Bianca [Brinson] doing a lot of the legwork to set up the goal. And in the second half, perseverance paid off for Shea [Groom] and Allie [Bailey].”
On Friday, the Aggies traveled to Auburn for the first time in program history and put themselves in an early rut, giving up a goal in the opening minutes of the match.
It didn’t take the Aggies long to strike back as junior Shea Groom flicked Bianca Brinson’s throw-in to the six yard box to Allie Bailey, putting the ball in the back of the net and tying the score 1-1 going into the intermission.
The Aggies broke the deadlock in the 68th minute as junior Leigh Edwards rifled a shot past the Auburn net minder from 25 yards out, giving the Aggies a 2-1 edge.
The Aggies led the Tigers in every offensive category, including a 20-13 advantage in shots, 10-6 in shots-on-goal and a 10-6 edge in corner kicks.
Junior striker Annie Kunz became the 11th player in A&M history to reach the 30-goal plateau for her career as she put the game out of reach with six minutes remaining in the match.
“We’ve always talked about how winning on the road, once you start conference play, is always a massive challenge,” Guerrieri said. “Falling behind 1-0 three minutes into the match definitely compounded that challenge. It showed the character, grit and belief of this team. It was a nice goal by Allie [Bailey] to tie it up early and let us settle back into the match. After a couple of adjustments at halftime we got two great goals, one by Leigh [Edwards] from distance and the second one with a nice set-up by Shea [Groom] for a goal by Annie [Kunz].”