KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M soccer team fell to Tennessee 1-0 Friday night at Regal Stadium in front of 1,256 fans. The Lady Vols converted on a first half penalty kick to defeat the Aggies.
With the loss, Texas A&M fell to 5-3-1 on the season, 0-1 in conference action. Tennessee improved to 6-2-1, 1-0 in conference.
“It is a disappointing result knowing that we did not play up to our abilities in the first half,” head coach G Guerrieri said. “I was pleased with the fight we came out with in the second half. Tennessee did a good job of keeping numbers behind the ball. We had some good looks at goal but just were not able to hit the target tonight.”
The opening 10 minutes of action was back and forth with the Aggies holding a slight edge in possession. Each team had their share of attacking opportunities with crosses failing to find their intended target in the early going.
Jordan Day was called to action with 28 minutes to play after a long distance shot was headed for goal. Day deflected the ball over the cross bar and the Aggies escaped danger on the ensuing corner kick clearing the ball off the line.
The Aggies were called for a foul in the box with 13:14 to play in the first half and Tennessee successfully converted the penalty kick to take a one goal lead. Day guessed left and Caroline Brown of Tennessee slotted the ball home from the spot to the bottom right. Brown’s penalty-kick was her second converted penalty against the Aggies, having converted on a kick from the spot against the Aggies in the 2011 season.
The 1-0 score line held into half time despite a furious spurt of offensive play from the Aggies. The maroon and white defense was tested several times in the first half facing four corner kicks and seven shots in the first 45 minutes. The first half goal by Tennessee was just the second first-half goal the Aggies have allowed this season.
Following the half the Aggies continued to play on the Lady Vols half of the field with impressive shots from distance from Karlie Mueller, Kelley Monogue and Allie Bailey. The Tennessee defense was up to the task each time fighting off the A&M attack.
The visitor’s best chance came from a Shea Groom attack that resulted in consecutive corners, but A&M failed to get on the board despite some inspired play inside the box. The Aggies held Tennessee to just one shot and one corner in the second half.
A&M outshot the Lady Vols for the game 15-8 and edged them on corners 7-5. Leigh Edwards and Monogue led the Aggies attack with three shots apiece, each with one on target.
The Aggies are now 14-4-1 all-time in conference openers, including 1-1-0 in the SEC. A&M stands at 0-3-0 all-time against the Lady Vols, falling with the identical 1-0 score line in each match.
The Aggies will return to the field next Friday night at Ellis Field against Mississippi State at 7:30 p.m. (CT).