A&M thrashes Cal Poly, UMass
Monogue scores twice in 4-0 Sunday win over Cal Poly
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
After a strong start to the weekend with a 3-1 Friday win over UMass, No. 20 A&M passed its final weekend test with a 4-0 win Sunday against Cal Poly.
Rachel Lenz and the Aggie defense were all but unaware of the challenges they would face when taking on the nation’s No. 1 attacking team and leading scorer, Elise Krieghoff.
“We’d seen film, and we knew that [Krieghoff] was their leading scorer,” Lenz said. “I mean, she is the nation’s leading scorer — ten goals in four games, which is awesome for her. So we had to give her respect and know that she was good and force her to play to our advantages, so we just knew that we weren’t going to let her have a sniff at the goal.”
Following a 0-0 defensive bout in the first half, the Aggies came out on fire in the second half when freshman forward Liz Keester scorched the nylon with an upper-90 shot from inside the 18. The 54th minute goal set the pace for the Aggies, and the goals started rolling in.
After the ignition goal from Keester, junior Kelly Monogue found the back of the net, giving the Aggies a 2-0 edge over the Mustangs with 35:12 remaining in the second half, but she wouldn’t be finished. Following a red-card in the box, junior forward Shea Groom stepped up once again, calmly and collectively tucking the ball into the side netting to give A&M a 3-0 lead.
In the 68th minute of action, Monogue put the dagger in the coffin with her sixth goal of the season, putting the Aggies on top for what would be the final score of 4-0.
“The keeper had been bobbling a lot of balls, so she hit the ball out and I was there to tap it in,” Monogue said.
For most Aggies, Friday night was full of anticipation for what would come on the gridiron the following day. But for junior forward Shea Groom, Friday was another day on the pitch as the Aggies played host to the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen.
Groom and the Aggies gave the Minutewomen all they could handle, outshooting them by a 32-8 margin, including 13 shots on goal. Groom registered her first career hat-trick — two of which came off assists from Bianca Brinson — leading the maroon and white to a 3-1 victory over UMass, moving the Aggies to 2-1 all-time against the Minutewomen.
“I was lucky enough to be in the right position at the right time,” Groom said. “The coaches made a good decision of putting me at center-mid and I think I got a lot of opportunities.”
The weekend’s two matchups marked the end of the Aggies opening eight-game home stand at Ellis Field, which finished as a 5-2-1 start to the season. A&M next takes the pitch Friday on the road against conference opponent Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. in their 2013 SEC opener.