COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Soccer team battled defending Big 12 Runner-up Baylor Bears to a 0-0 draw on Friday night at Ellis Field.
"We talked to the players about their limited opportunities to play against people in the spring and play against people that are going to try and make the game uncomfortable, much like the way Baylor plays," Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. "It's a great practice environment for us. It takes us out of our comfort zone. Some of the players really stepped up and did a great job. We were very close to getting that goal at the end of the match. It's another day that we can work on getting better. Tonight gave us some things to work on so we can be much better in the fall."
Sophomore keeper Jordan Day was the star in the first half of action, making five saves against the Bears. Baylor had a slight edge over A&M in the shot department, taking nine, while the Aggies fired seven times.
The Aggies had several opportunities to put the elusive goal on the board, but couldn't capitalize. In the 42nd minute, Bianca Brinson, with a defender draped over her, could not handle a cross in the box that could have staked Texas A&M a 1-0 edge. With the clock winding down in the second half, A&M sent up a flurry of shots, but was unable to capitalize before the clock struck zero.
The Aggie defense was stifling in the second half, only allowing the Bears one shot-on-goal, opposed to the four Texas A&M fired.
"I was pleased with the fight our team showed," Guerrieri said. "Baylor's going to man-mark you all over the field. There were some hard physical battles all around. I thought Katie (Perry) was really good today. She did a great job in combination for us today. We had some great flurries today and they were usually involving her. Shea (Groom) was very good and very dangerous. Bianca (Brinson) did a great job of making them uncomfortable. There are a lot of other people we need to step up. I thought Karlie (Mueller) did a good job today. It's a matter of learning from these experiences and getting better."
Texas A&M will be in action again on March 24 when it welcomes the Rice Owls to the friendly-confines of Ellis Field.