Aggies Blank Alabama, 3-0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies extended their win streak to six matches with a 3-0 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide (5-9-0, 3-4-0 SEC) at the Alabama Soccer Complex on Friday evening.
Texas A&M’s triumph moved the Aggies to the top of the SEC standings with 18 points on a 6-1-0 record in league play. The Maroon and White passed former first-place LSU who remained at 16 points on a 5-1-1 record after a 1-0 loss to Ole Miss on Friday.
After peppering the goal with a bevy of shots to no avail early in the match, Texas A&M (11-3-1) finally broke the scoring seal in the 35th minute. Kelley Monogue launched a shot from 15 yards that Alabama netminder Emily Rusk saved, but the ball caromed back to Shea Groom who cleaned up in the six-yard box for the 1-0 advantage.
The Aggies extended the lead to 2-0 in the 40th minute. After Groom was taken down in the penalty box, she was awarded the penalty kick opportunity. The junior stymied the Rusk for her second goal of the match and 10th goal of the season.
Texas A&M dominated the stat sheet in the first half. The Maroon and White owned wide margins in shots (19-1) and shots-on-goal (9-1).
The Aggies put the match out of reach in the 63rd minute. From the center circle, Meghan Streight threaded a ball between two defenders to a charging Bianca Brinson. With the Rusk coming out of the penalty box to try to win the ball, Brinson beat her by a step, dribbled around the goalkeeper and knocked the ball into an empty net for the 3-0 lead.
The match stats were decisively in the favor of the Maroon and White. Texas A&M owned a 29-5 edge in shots, 11-4 margin in shots-on-goal and 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Jordan Day made four saves in goal to record her fourth shutout of the season and the 27th of her career. It was the fifth shutout of the year for Texas A&M and marked the 13th time in 15 matches that the Maroon and White held an opponent to one goal or less.
Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday when the Aggies travel to Athens for a 2 pm Central match against the Bulldogs. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach G Guerrieri
On the offense: Throughout the game you could see how this team continues to mature and get better. We have a lot of smart girls on this team. It’s one thing to know what you’d like to do, but it’s another thing to be able to do it on the road. I was real pleased with the way we were able to attack to open up Alabama and to put ourselves in a good position many times.
On what the team needs to do heading into Sunday to keep momentum of the six-game streak going: We need to keep our focus on ourselves and how we can get better. We need to do the things that we can do. We know that going to Athens will be a real challenge. It’s a national TV game, so if they weren’t up for it already, that adds to it. We just have to keep continuing to play well.
On the defense: Jordan Day only had to make one tough save today. Rachel (Lenz) and Meghan (Streight) really shut things down in the middle. It gave the rest of the team a lot of confidence to play around them. A lot of times our defense is our by-product of our midfield and attack being able to keep control of the ball.