COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Kelley Monogue’s two goals sparked a five-goal, second-half explosion by the No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies as they gored the San Diego Toreros, 6-1, at Ellis Field on Friday evening.
The six goals are the most for the Aggies since a 6-1 win over Drake at Ellis Field on October 14, 2011. Monogue also scored two goals in that victory. The five second-half goals was the most in a half for the Aggies since tallying eight in the second half of a 13-1 win over Fordham at Ellis Field on September 18, 2011.
The score was tied 1-1 in the 63rd minute when Annie Kunz worked the ball up the right touchline and sent a pass to Bianca Brinson outside of the penalty box on the end line. Brinson knocked a cross to Monogue who unleashed a shot from four yards right of the penalty spot into the left side netting to start a roll that would find A&M scoring five goals in the final 28 minutes of action.
In the 73rd minute, Leigh Edwards lobbed a pass into the penalty box from 30 yards out. Her offering found Monogue eight yards out and the junior toed a shot over goalkeeper Michelle Craft, who made a lunge for the ball after wandering off her line. It was fourth goal of the season for Monogue, all in the last three games. With the two goals, Monogue passed Yvette Okler (1993-96) for eighth place on A&M’s career goals list with 33.
Texas A&M (3-2-0) struck again 79 seconds later when Edwards boomed a shot in from 25 yards out that fit between the cross bar and a leaping Craft to give the Maroon and White a 4-1 margin.
Janae Cousineau scored her first career goal with 4:48 remaining in the contest. Liz Keester ripped a shot from just outside the penalty box to the left of the arc that found the right post, but Cousineau pounced on the carom, unmarked inside the six-yard box, and found the back of the net with ease for the 5-1 lead.
The parade of goals concluded with 46 seconds remaining in the second half as Karlie Mueller charged into the penalty box and dumped a pass to Keester at the penalty spot. Keester sent a shot to the right of a diving goalkeeper for the 6-1 advantage.
Texas A&M drew first blood in the 31st minute. Mueller sent a free kick in from 40 yards out finding Kunz in the arc. Kunz launched a missile from 20 yards to the right of the netminder as A&M staked claim to a 1-0 lead.
With the Aggies leading 1-0 at the intermission, San Diego answered quickly in the second half, scoring 23 seconds in. Mariah Butera sent a through ball to Emily Dillon who rumbled through the A&M defense to the right corner of the six-yard box and beat Jordan Day to the left to knot the game at 1-1.
The Toreros thought they had a go-ahead goal in the 60th minute, but they were flagged for being offside and three minutes later A&M started its cavalcade of goals.
Jordan Day went the distance in goal for the Aggies and picked up her 35th career victory to tie Kelly Dyer (2007-10) for fifth place on A&M’s all-time goal wins list.
Despite not registering the shutout, Day had a terrific game between the pipes with three key saves for the Aggies. With 10 seconds left in the first, Day got a boot and then a glove on a shot from Dillon eight yards out to keep the Aggies in the lead going to the intermission. With A&M in front, 2-1 in the 69th minute, Butera ripped a shot from the left corner of the penalty box that Day was able to save, but not control. Taylor Housley came in to clean up the mess ripping a shot from six yards out, but Day collected it between the wickets to keep the Aggies in the lead.
Texas A&M owned a 24-11 advantage in shots, including a 16-6 edge in shots-on-goal.
Monogue led the Aggies with four points on two goals. Edwards, Keester and Kunz each had three points with one goal and one assist. Cousineau had two points with a goal and Mueller notched two points with two assists.
Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday to play the No. 9 Baylor Bears in an 8 p.m. contest at Ellis Field. Baylor beat the Missouri Tigers, 2-1, on Friday afternoon. San Diego and Missouri play in an 11 a.m. game on Sunday.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach G Guerrieri
On scoring six goals “Kevin Hurley said hopefully that has uncorked the genie. We’ve created a lot of chances to do that in the past but some really good finishes, and six to one is not indicative of this game. I thought San Diego was fantastic and they controlled good sequences of the match. Some big saves from Jordan Day, in goal, really kept us in the game. The last couple seconds of the first half she had to make an amazing save and then they scored in the first seconds of the second half and Jordan had to make a couple other ones to keep us in it. You can see when we get rolling we can be pretty darn dangerous.”
On whether San Diego was worn down or A&M was rolling “I think it was more an issue of finally some really good service in the penalty area that Kelley (Monogue) was able to get on the end of. If Kelley is in the penalty area with the ball, the other team is in trouble. Some really good service from BB (Bianca Brinson), great service from Liz (Keester) a really nice goal from Leigh Edwards with a rocket from about 30 feet. And with Liz, you can’t complain about a girl who wants to score goals. It was a really good attacking performance and we are going to need a better performance than this especially defensively against a top 10 team in Baylor.”
On the defense “We have a ways to go. We gave up one goal to a good attacking team tonight who had some good chances. There are points that we have to do better. We have got to do better, be a little bit more patient, and let the game come to us sometimes instead of taking ourselves out of position."
On Kelley Monogue “She has been outstanding and had a great preseason coming off of a really good spring. If you take last fall out because she was only at 60% because of recovery from knee surgery and you look at what she is doing now and what she did freshman year, she is one of the best players in the country. I’m glad we have her.”
On Meghan Streight “Meghan and Rachel Lenz are two outstanding players. They haven’t been together as much because we have been moving Meghan. Once they get their relationship back then our defense will probably look a lot better.”