COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Allie Bailey registered the second fastest goal in school history, breaking the scoring seal 28 seconds into the contest and the Texas A&M Aggies never looked back in an 8-0 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in SEC action at Ellis Field on Friday evening.
After an early foul by Mississippi State, Karlie Mueller sent a free kick into the goal area from 30 yards out. The Bulldogs goalkeeper C.J. Winship was unable to corral the service and Bailey cleaned up the mess with 44:32 remaining in the first half for her second goal of the season.
Nicky Thrasher tallied Texas A&M’s quickest goal to start a game, scoring 11 seconds into a contest against Oklahoma State in 2001.
The eight goals marked the most for an Aggie squad in an SEC game, topping the mark they set in a 5-0 win against Alabama on October 5, 2012. The eight goals equaled a school record for most goals in a conference game. The Aggies twice scored eight goals against Texas Tech in Big 12 games, including an 8-2 win in 1996 and an 8-0 win in 2003. It also marked A&M’s highest scoring output in any game since a 13-1 drubbing against Fordham on September 18, 2011.
Texas A&M (6-3-1, 1-1-0 SEC), who entered the contest with just five first-half goals through nine matches on the season, equaled the mark on Friday, taking a 5-0 lead into the intermission.
In the 14th minute of action, Janau Cousineau lobbed a pass, from 40 yards out, over the defense that Shea Groom chased into the penalty box and Groom took advantage of a one-on-one opportunity against Winship to give Texas A&M a 2-0 lead.
Meghan Streight utilized set pieces to score a pair of goals as the lead ballooned to 4-0. In the 31st minute, Bailey sent a corner kick into the six-yard box from the left arc and Streight hit it flush on a header to send it past the keeper. Three minutes later, Streight got her head on a free kick from Mueller and guiding it to the back net for the four-goal lead.
The Aggies kept their foot on the accelerator going into halftime as Ana Cruz scored her first career goal with 3:24 remaining in the first half on an assist from Leigh Edwards.
The cavalcade of goals continued into the second stanza with Groom scoring on a header off a free kick from Mueller in the 55th minute, Kunz launching a shot from the top of the penalty box on an assist from Bailey in the 78th minute and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar notching her first career goal with 3:55 remaining for the 8-0 cushion.
Groom and Streight ended the contest with two goals apiece. Mueller’s three assists was one shy of the school record of four set by Kat Krambeer against UTSA in 2006.
Texas A&M owned decisive advantages in the offensive stats, including shots (30-8), shots-on-goal (14-0) and corner kicks (9-4).
The Aggies’ defense impounded the Bulldogs’ offense, holding Mississippi State (3-6-0, 0-2-0 SEC) without a shot-on-goal and just eight shots for the match.
Jordan Day and Renee McDermott each played a half as the Aggies registered their fourth shutout of the season.
Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday with a 2:30 pm match against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ellis Field.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach G. Guerrieri
On five goals in first half “We looked good in a lot of ways tonight. The players were really disappointed after last weekend and it became a really focused week in training and you could see how that hard work and attention really paid off for the players and I was really pleased. I was really pleased for a lot of performances; Meghan (Streight) got a couple goals, Ana (Cruz) and Christina (Sanchez-Quintanar) got their first college goals - that’s pretty cool.
On the defense: “All the way around we played against a team with a couple really good attacking personalities. We were able to hold Elisabeth Sullivan in check. We were able to hold some really good players in check and held Sullivan to one shot. All in all I’m pleased with how it went, but we have to take care of business and get ready to do it again on Sunday.”