COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M Soccer did not have a problem with Houston, toppling the Cougars, 3-0, in spring action at Ellis Field on Saturday night.
Shea Groom was the catalyst of the Aggies' offense serving up three assists on the evening. Allie Bailey scored two goals and Katie Perry added one.
Jordan Day and Renee McDermott each played a half in net to combine on the shutout. Day made two saves in the first half and McDermott went untested in the second stanza.
The Aggies dictated the play throughout the contest owning a 25-8 edge in shots, a 14-2 margin in shots-on-goal and a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
After taking 15 minutes to knock the rust off the attack, the Aggies hit mid-season form midway through the opening half. Groom crossed the ball in front of goal from the right side of the penalty box. Katie Perry collected the ball 12 yards out and sent it to the left of a diving Cougars' netminder, Sydney George, to draw first blood in the 19th minute. Less than four minutes later, Groom once again offered a cross in from the right side. This time she found Bailey unmarked near the top of the goal area and Bailey had no problem finding the back of the net as George offered little resistance.
Texas A&M took a 2-0 lead into the intermission after outshooting Houston 14-5 and posting a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.
The Maroon and White struck early in the second half. Groom and Monogue strung together consecutive passes to get the ball to Bailey in a fortuitous position in front of goal. A cleanly struck effort by Bailey put the ball to the left of Houston replacement goalie Cami Koski for the 3-0 lead.
A&M's defense was smothering in the second half, holding the Cougars to three long-range shots, with no shots-on-goal registered for Houston.
The Aggies return to action next Saturday with a 7:30 pm contest against the Austin Nationals. The Nationals are a newly formed touring club featuring former collegiate stars from throughout the nation, including former Aggie Rachael Balaguer.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach G Guerrieri
On what aspects of the game the team has emphasized in the spring: We've worked a lot on trying to build from the back. I was really pleased with the way that Leigh Edwards, Karlie Mueller and Kristi Leonard all were very effective coming forward and getting involved in our attacks. They really caused a lot of trouble for our opponent and also gave us a lot of good possession going forward."
On Shea Groom's effort: We got great play from Shea tonight. She set up all three goals. It shows how dangerous she is and she's been playing great for the last two weeks and we're excited with the energy she has been bringing to the attack.