COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Aggies' defense kept its ledger clean in the spring season with a 1-0 win over The Nationals, a professional touring team based out of Austin.
The Aggies dictated the terms of action for most of the match, owning a 23-8 advantage in shots and 12-4 edge in corner kicks.
A&M converted on a set piece in the 15th minute of action for the game's lone goal. Katie Perry offered a corner kick in from the left arc. The ball entered the goal area towards the near post where Kelley Monogue was able to knock it out of a cloud of bodies past The Nationals' netminder Vikki Alonzo for the 1-0 lead.
The Maroon and White went into the intermission with just a one-goal lead despite lopsided edges in shots (14-3) and corner kicks (8-1). Alonzo kept the Aggies from inflating the cushion with her five saves in the half, including a diving punch-out of a well-place Monogue shot in the 28th minute. Perry came up unlucky on a rocket from 20 yards out that hit the crossbar flush and bounced over.
Renee McDermott and Jordan Day shared time in goal on the Aggies' second shutout of the spring. McDermott recorded two saves in the first half while Day made three stops in the second half.
After a 3-0 blanking of the Houston Cougars to start the spring season, A&M has outshot opponents 48-16 and McDermott and Day have combined for seven saves in 180 minutes of scoreless action.
Texas A&M returns to action on Friday, March 1 when the Aggies host the Baylor Bears in an 8 pm contest at Ellis Field.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach G Guerrieri
On the game: It was a good game. Both teams played hard and with speed and some sophistication.
On the progress to date in the spring: Our players have worked hard and we have seen some nice progress this spring in our ability to possess the ball against athletic and well-organized players.
On the offensive end: Obviously we would like to finish off more than one of our 20 shots, but I am pleased that we created than many chances against a team of professional players.
On the opponent: The Nationals are a good side and we wish them well. I really want to see women's pro soccer thrive in the USA an especially in our state.