COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies were victorious in their first contest of the spring session, registering a 4-0 win over Houston Aces South Select at Ellis Field on Wednesday evening.
The Aggies broke the scoring seal in the 13th minute of action as Annie Kunz sent in a goal from six yards out on an assist from Bianca Brinson who had a pair of her shots saved prior to Kunz’s tally.
Kelly Monogue added goals in the 28th and 31st minute to give A&M a 3-0 lead at the intermission. Her second goal was assisted by Haley Pounds who provided a perfect cross from the edge of the penalty box.
Pounds added the final goal in the 84th minute weaving through the defense and scoring from 12 yards out.
The Aggies hit the left post on two occasions, with Monogue clanking a shot off the right post in the 22nd minute and Mikaela Harvey catching the left post in the 83rd minute and having the ricochet trickle across the face of the goal before being pounced on by the South Select defense.
Texas A&M owned a commanding in 37-3 lead in shots, including 19-1 in shots on goal. Michelle Rich prevented further damage with her heroic effort in goal for South Select, making 11 saves in the second half. Former Aggie netminder Kelly Dyer made four saves in the first half.
Renee McDermott, Jordan Day and Taylor Saucier combined on the shutout in goal for the Aggies, playing 30 minutes apiece. McDermott made the only save of the evening for the Maroon and White.
Texas A&M returns to action on Saturday when they travel to the Houston Amateur Sports Park for a 10 am match against the newly minted Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach G Guerrieri
I thought this evening was a great opportunity for our three freshmen to see action and I think they all did good things. It was great for Haley (Pounds) to get that goal at the end of the match and get a taste for scoring here at Ellis Field. You could see her athleticism on that play. Stephanie (Malherbe) was solid in the midfield tonight and was doing really nice things setting up the offense. And Mickey (Mikaela Harvey) has only been able to practice a few days, but you can already see what time of player she is going to be. She was unlucky with her shot hitting the post there at the end, but she really worked hard to set up a great shot.
On who is expecting great improvement from in the offseason...
Honestly, I’d like to think everybody. But tonight, I think you can see how improved Leigh (Edwards) and Karlie (Mueller) were at their positions. You can tell they were working on things over the winter. I think Leigh can have special season as a senior. And this spring is huge for Annie (Kunz). Normally she would be in track & field season, but with her redshirting from track & field this spring and practicing with us, I think she has an opportunity to have a great season.
On who will be looked on to replace Rachel Lenz, the only departed senior from 2013...
Rachel missed a few games last year and Grace (Wright) did a great job stepping in. She went to Spain earlier this spring with the Irish U20 team for an international competition and played really well. So she is one of the people who can help fill that void. Additionally, I think with Leigh (Edwards) and Karlie (Mueller) having another year on the backline under their belt will be helpful. Last year was Leigh’s first year back there and she improved every game. Meghan (Streight) is a rock at the other center-back position, one of the best in the country, so that takes some pressure off for whoever replaces Rachel. Jackie (Tondl) has a chance to help out there and I thought Ashlynn Harryman played well in her time on the backline tonight.
On the next test...
This Saturday’s match against the Houston Dash is going to be a real step up in competition. They are getting ready for their season which starts in three weeks, so things should be starting to solidify for them. We will have a great test and we will be able to see where we stand against a professional side. We need to go into the match just worrying about ourselves and play our game. A lot of the players on our team would like to play at that level someday, so this is a great opportunity to see how they compare against top flight competition.