Bobcats Fall 5-2 Against A&M in First Round

Michaud nets two goals in the decision

The Texas State Bobcats conclude their 2008 season with a 5-2 loss against Texas A&M Friday night.

Nov. 14, 2008

College Station, Texas - A pair of goals scored by Erica Michaud mark the first-ever points recorded by the Texas State Bobcat soccer team in the NCAA Championship tournament and against the Texas A&M Aggies, however the managed to put five goals on the board to take the victory Friday night in College Station at the Aggie Soccer Complex.

The win gives the Bobcats a 13-4-4 overall record to conclude their 2008 campaign and with the win, Texas A&M will advance to the second round of the tournament that will be played Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. against the Washington Huskies.

"Hats off to Texas A&M and the game they played tonight," said head coach Kat Conner. "They put two quick goals in and were just ready to play. Great game and great coaching. This is an outstanding program and I think our team played very well in tonight's game."

Just seven and a half minutes had ticked off the clock before Texas A&M took control of the game. On an assist from Laura Robinson Rachel Shipley snuck a goal past Mandi Mawyer from the top of the penalty box to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead. A&M put one more past the Bobcats in the 14th minute when Beth West connected to push the maroon foe to a two-goal lead entering the half.

Texas State fell behind in the shot margin 9-1 in the first half. Mawyer managed a single save in the opening 45:00.

Coming out of the break, Mawyer put up a stellar effort tallying six saves against a booming Aggie offense. The career-high mark unfortunately was not enough to stop the fury, as Rebecca Herrera lifted the Aggies to 3-0 on a free kick that soared just shy of Mawyer's reach.

In the 72nd minute, Carly Wohlers added the fourth goal from inside the box that was chipped just over the `Cats defense.



Down 4-0, Texas State notched its first chance at the goal when Britney Curry broke away for the `Cats first shot on goal, however Kelly Dyer managed her only save of the night rationing the shot.

But late in the contest, freshman fire and heart from Michaud broke loose at 78:54 and battled an Aggie defender drawing close to the goal and when Dyer came out to defend the freshman, Michaud popped the back of the net for the `Cats first tally.

Nearly ten minutes later, the Belton native went at it again, but dished off to Katie Herrick who was waiting inside the box, but her hit struck the post and flew just slightly wide.

But Michaud finished the charge in the 88th minute taking an assist off Andrea Grifo from the top of the penalty box that Sarah Pierson, fresh in goal, couldn't handle.

"The team never gave up," said Michaud. "It was not just me that scored the goals it was the team. We kept telling ourselves that it wasn't over and it wasn't. We fought until the very end of the game."

The two goals give Michaud a seven-goal tally to end her freshman season. TAMU managed their final goal in the 83rd minute.

All told, Texas State recorded eight saves and took five shots in the `Cats final game of the season. Texas A&M fired 25 shots, 13 of which were on goal.

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