COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies played the professional side Houston Aces to a 1-1 draw on Thursday evening at Ellis Field in the spring finale for the Maroon and White.
The Aggies, playing without All-Americans Shea Groom and Meghan Streight, dictated the terms of action for most of the match, outshooting the Aces 26-7, including a 12-4 advantage in shots-on-goal and an 11-1 edge in corner kicks. Much of the contest was also played without the services of all-conference forward Annie Kunz who exited the contest in the 15th minute with an injury.
Texas A&M drew first blood in the 15th minute of action when Kelley Monogue launched a free kick from the left of the penalty box arc into the upper right-hand corner, giving the Aces netminder no opportunity to stonewall her.
The Aggies appeared to be headed to a 1-0 lead at the intermission, but a defensive lapse allowed Isadora Freitas to trickle a ball past reserve goalkeeper Taylor Saucier who had come off her line.
The score was tied at the half, despite a 10-5 edge in shots and 4-1 margin in shots-on-goal for the A&M.
In the second half, the Aggies pounded eight shots-on-goal and peppered 16 shots on the offensive end but were unable to put the biscuit in the basket for the decisive goal.
The contest wrapped up a strong spring campaign for the Aggies, who opened up with a 4-0 win over Houston Aces South Select on March 19 in College Station. Monogue logged two goals and Bianca Brinson and Haley Pounds each tallied scores in the victory.
A&M dropped a pair of narrow decisions to the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League, 1-0 in Houston and 3-1 in College Station.
In their only action against collegiate competition, the Aggies swept a pair of shortened matches against Rice (3-2) and LSU (2-0) in Houston. The day featured two goals by Karlie Mueller and one apiece by Brinson, Pounds and Sarah Shaw.
The Maroon and White finished the 2013 season ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. A&M posted an 18-5-2 record for the year, claimed their first-ever SEC regular-season title with a 9-2-0 league ledger and captured an SEC Tournament crown. The Aggies appeared in their 19th consecutive NCAA Division I Championship, advanced to the Second Round for the 16th consecutive year and appeared in the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in program history.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
HEAD COACH G GUERRIERI
On the match…
I am disappointed that we didn’t do more with the opportunities we created. We had 26 shots, 11 on goal, plus we hit the post with a couple of shots. When you only score one goal with those opportunities, it’s not something we’re happy with. We played fantastic soccer until we got to those last 18 yards. The Aces did a great job of getting some numbers behind the ball and the goalkeeper made some great saves, but we need to convert our chances on the offensive end. But this is a great example and motivation for us going into the summer as far as the things we need to work on between now and August when we report for preseason.
On Kelley Monogue’s free kick goal…
I thought Kelley scored a great goal. To know that we can have her shooting set pieces from that caliber from that range is a big weapon for us. Scoring on set pieces is a big key to being successful.
On parting thoughts for the spring practice season…
Overall I was pleased. It was a great opportunity for the three early-entry freshmen. They got a lot of the learning curve out of the way this spring and I think all three will come into the fall season with a full head of steam. And we also got a lot of our other players a lot of experience this spring. The goalkeepers all were relatively healthy and saw a lot of action and players like Ashlynn Harryman, Ana Cruz, Sarah Shaw and Jackie Tondl got a lot of work in which will add to the tremendous depth of this squad. We had a few injuries we had to work around, but they should all be healthy and ready to go come August.