COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies will host the Utah Utes in an NCAA Championship first round match at Ellis Field on Friday, November 15, the NCAA announced on Monday. First kick is slated for 7 pm.
Texas A&M received an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship by winning the SEC Tournament, keeping their streak alive at 19 consecutive years. The Aggies are one of five teams to make it to every NCAA Tournament since 1995. The other schools include North Carolina (1982-2013), Notre Dame (1993-2013), Virginia (1994-2013) and Penn State (1995-2013). A&M head coach G Guerrieri and North Carolina's Anson Dorrance are the only two head coaches to appear in every NCAA Tournament since 1995.
The Aggies are 17-4-1 on the season and enter the NCAA Championship as SEC regular-season co-champion and SEC Tournament champion. Texas A&M has won 12 of its last 13 contests and boast five All-SEC performers, including first-teamers Shea Groom and Meghan Streight and second-teamers Jordan Day, Leigh Edwards and Kelley Monogue, as well as SEC All-Freshman Team and SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player Liz Keester.
Utah is 10-4-6 on the season and registered a 6-3-2 record in the Pac 12 Conference to finish in third place in the league. The Utes are defensive-minded side, registering a 0.69 goals-against average and 10 shutouts on the season. They have played three scoreless draws on the season, including at Kentucky, at Cal State Fullerton and at then-No. 11 California. Utah went 0-2-2 against ranked opponents on the season with ties against California and then-No. 2 UCLA (1-1) and 1-0 losses to then-No. 6 BYU and then-No. 10 Stanford.
The only common opponent to face A&M and Utah is Arizona State, with the Aggies logging a 3-1 home victory and the Utes dropping a 2-1 double-overtime decision in Tempe.
Texas A&M owns a 3-0 edge in the all-time series against Utah. The squads first met in College Station in 1997 with the Aggies posting a 4-0 win. The Maroon and White were victorious in Salt Lake City in 1999, 2-1, and blanked the Utes in College Station in 2003, 1-0.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.AggieAthletics.com, in person at the Zone at Kyle Field box office, or over the phone at 1-888-99-AGGIE. Tickets purchased on-line or over the phone will be delivered via Flash Seats. The card used for purchase of tickets will be swiped at the gate for admission. Fans may purchase reserved tickets for $18 (West Midfield), $15 (West Sideline) or $9 (West Goal Line), or can buy general admission tickets for $7 (Adult) or $3 (Youth or Student). Children two-and-under will be admitted free.
The winner of Friday’s match will face the winner of the Lubbock match between Minnesota and Texas Tech. The second round match will take place on Friday, November 22 at a yet-to-be-determined location, with Chapel Hill, North Carolina being the location if the No. 1 seed Tar Heels dispatch of the Liberty Flames. The match would be played in College Station if the Aggies beat Utah and North Carolina lost to Liberty.