Soccer increases winning streak in weekend road trip
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 21:10
The Texas A&M soccer team increased its win streak to seven games after a successful weekend of conference play on the road. The winning weekend improved the Aggies record to 12-3-1 on the season including a 7-1-0 record in conference play.
The Aggies took the pitch against the Bulldogs (10-5-1, 7-3-0 SEC) sitting atop of the conference standings for the first time in the season, following the previous league leader LSU’s 1-0 loss to Ole Miss on Friday.
The Aggies drew first blood against the Bulldogs as freshman Liz Keester threaded her seventh goal of the season past a diving Georgia goalkeeper in the sixth minute of action. The Aggies held their 1-0 lead into the 40th minute of action when Georgia sophomore Emma Sonnett netted the equalizer.
The game was a tale of two halves. In the first, the Bulldogs outshot the Aggies 6-4 while the two sides battled to an even 2-2 shots on goal tally. However, the A&M offense came out strong in the second half as they outshot the Bulldogs by a count of 11-6, including a 5-1 lead in shots on goal.
The maroon and white broke the 1-1 deadlock in the 64th minute after junior Allie Bailey scored the game’s winning goal to put the Aggies up 2-1.
“Throughout the game you could see how this team continues to mature and get better,” said A&M head coach G Guerrieri. “We have a lot of smart girls on this team. It’s one thing to know what you’d like to do, but it’s another thing to be able to do it on the road. I was real pleased with the way we were able to attack to open up Alabama and to put ourselves in a good position many times.”
On Friday, the Aggies continued their winning ways as they rolled the Alabama Crimson Tide (5-9-0, 3-4-0 SEC) on their home field 3-0.
The Aggies led the Bulldogs in all offensive categories, including 29-5 dominance in shots, 11-4 advantage in shots on goal and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. After peppering the Tide net minder with shots, A&M finally broke the deadlock when junior Shea Groom netted a goal in the 35th minute of action to put the Aggies up 1-0.
Groom’s day would not end there, just five minutes later in the 40th minute of play; Groom landed the Aggies second goal of the game, increasing her goal total to 10 on the season — becoming the first Aggie player to reach the double-digit scoring plateau.
The Aggies put the game out of reach for the Tide as junior Bianca Brinson dribbled around Alabama’s keeper to notch the Aggies third and final goal in the 63rd minute.
“This was an important weekend for us,” Guerrieri said. “To come to two places where none of these players have been and to get two wins is great for us and it’s building towards great things.”
Guerrieri notes the advantage the Aggies have as they close out the remaining three games of the season at home, including their next matchup on Friday against Ole Miss on senior night.
“It’s a good advantage to have down the stretch,” Guerrieri said. “Friday should be a great atmosphere playing against a really good Ole Miss squad on Senior Night.”