COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The reigning SEC Western Division Champion Texas A&M soccer team completed its spring season Thursday evening with a 6-1 victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Shea Groom (two goals, three assists) and Allie Bailey (two goals, one assist) paced an offense that scored five goals in the second half. The Aggies completed the spring slate undefeated with a 4-0-1 record and only conceded one goal in 450 minutes of action.
Texas A&M outshot Sam Houston State 27-7 and led in the shots-on-goal category 17-6. Renée McDermott played all 90 minutes between the pipes and made five saves on the night.
Sophomore Meghan Streight got the scoring started in the 30th-minute. Streight took a pass in the box from Bianca Brinson and headed a shot perfectly to the left of the keeper to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
Texas A&M narrowly missed extending the lead in the 36th-minute. Allie Bailey served a corner-kick into the box which was then headed on goal by junior Rachel Lenz, only to be kicked away at the last second by a Bearkat defender.
Going into the half, the Maroon and White led the Bearkats in shots (8-5), saves (5-3) and corner kicks (3-2).
In the 52nd-minute, Texas A&M extended its lead to 2-0 when Bailey found Shea Groom at the top of the box who then sent a changeup at the keeper. The goalie played the ball off her chest but was unable to corral it before it reached the back of the net.
Bailey got in on the scoring action in the 62nd-minute. The sophomore from San Diego received a pass near the middle of the pitch and dribbled toward the goal. With defenders on either side of her, Bailey buried a shot from near the top of the box in the top-right corner of the net to stake the Aggies a 3-0 lead.
Sam Houston State cut into the Aggies lead when Ashley Alonzo hit a drop shot over the head of McDermott at the 65-minute mark to make the score 3-1.
In the 81st-minute, Bailey got her second goal of the match when Groom found her in front of the keeper. Bailey was able to play the carom off the keeper perfectly and find the back of the net to push A&M’s lead to 4-1.
Minutes later, Groom found Kelley Monogue around the front of the net to push the lead to 5-1 at the 86-minute mark.
Texas A&M capped the cavalcade of goals when Kristi Leonard found Groom who placed a header into the back of the net in the 88th-minute to close out the scoring at 6-1.
The Aggies were dominant in the second half of the match. Texas A&M outshot the Bearkats 19-2 after the intermission with 13-of-19 A&M shots being on goal. The Maroon and White also took six corner-kicks compared to the two by SHSU.
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Head Coach G Guerrieri
On the match: “I thought our performance and effort was poor in the first half. Sam Houston did a great job. They put us under pressure. Renée McDermott had to make a big save in the second minute of the match to keep it at 0-0. There were some special efforts on our first goal. Kelley Monogue had a great ball to Bianca Brinson who served a beautiful ball to Meghan Streight for a diving header to get us on the board. Overall, our talk at halftime was about our disappointment with the effort we put in. I thought our team came out in the second half and responded well. Sam Houston’s keeper made some incredible saves. She played fantastic.”
On whom he was pleased with: “I thought Renée (McDermott) did a good job of keeping us in the game in the first half. Her distribution was good out of the back. Rachel Lenz, as usual, was very solid. Shea Groom had a pretty average night had two goals and three assists. That’s a pretty good average night. I thought there were some really good performances in the second half. Allie Bailey was really good. I think we showed who we can be, but we’ve got to do it for 90 minutes.”