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A&M Travels for Exhibition Match versus Defending National Champs

August 14, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies travel to Los Angeles for an exhibition match against the UCLA Bruins, winners of the 2013 national title, on Friday. Due to a flooding issue at Marshall Field at Drake Stadium, the match will be played at the Bruins’ practice facility at 7 pm (CT).

Live audio streaming of the match will be available on 12thMan.com with David Ellis calling all of the action.

Both squads are ranked in the top 10 of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll. Texas A&M was tabbed No. 9 while UCLA topped the poll.

Texas A&M returns 18 letterwinners, including 10 starters, from the 2013 campaign and returnees account for 54 of the Aggies’ 56 goals last season. The list of returnees includes a pair of former NSCAA All-Americans in Meghan Streight (2012) and Shea Groom (2013), as well as All-SEC performers Jordan Day, Leigh Edwards, Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue.

The Aggies 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 Maroon and White 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.

The Bruins return 10 starters from last season's NCAA championship squad, including Honda Award winner Abby Dahlkemper, All-American Katelyn Rowland, and College Cup Defensive MVP Ally Courtnall. UCLA's top five returning scorers are all back, including Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Darian Jenkins, who led the team in scoring with 11 goals and 27 points; Taylor Smith, who was second in scoring with eight goals and 26 points; and Kodi Lavrusky, who ranked third in goals scored with seven, including the championship-winning goal in overtime.

The Aggies and Bruins have crossed paths four times during in-season action with UCLA holding a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Bruins won the initial meeting, 4-0, during 2000 NCAA Championship play in Los Angeles. The teams met in the postseason again in 2002 with Texas A&M scoring a 1-0 road win. In regular-season play, UCLA scored a 1-0 win in College Station in 2004 and a 2-1 victory in Los Angeles in 2006.

Texas A&M opens the regular-season at home on Friday, August 22, when the Aggies welcome the Dayton Flyers to Ellis Field for a 7 pm match.

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