Soccer Defeats Texas State, 5-2

Aggies Move to Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Nov. 14, 2008

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Five goals by five different Texas A&M soccer players lifted the No. 13 Aggies (16-4-1) to a 5-2 victory over Texas State (13-4-4) in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship on Friday evening at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.

A&M advances to second round action on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against No. 22 Washington who earned a 3-2, come-from behind victory in overtime against No. 14 LSU earlier in the day.

"For all of our players to get in today, to get a win and to get that experience playing at home is a neat thing," said head coach G Guerrieri. "I thought Texas State did a really great job. It was almost woman against the environment as much as it was against each other. Both teams had to deal with a pretty fierce wind and that can take you out of your match sometimes. I was pleased with the way our players attacked."

A&M controlled possession from the beginning and just over seven minutes into the match, senior Laura Grace Robinson found sophomore Rachel Shipley at the top of the penalty box. The midfielder rocketed the Aggies' second shot inside the near post and into the back of the net to put A&M up quickly, 1-0.

At the 14-minute mark, junior Amber Gnatzig sent a pass to freshman Beth West at the top of the arc and from 20 yards, on an almost identical shot, the midfielder rifled a shot past the Bobcat keeper.

The Aggies went into the 15-minute break with a comfortable 2-0 lead after firing off nine shots. Dominating possession and a strong Aggie defense held the Bobcats to just one shot.



The Aggies were not satisfied with two goals and came out hungry in the second period. Less than two minutes into the half, freshman Becca Herrera found freshman Carly Wholers on the left side. The Plano, Texas, native crossed the ball in to redshirt freshman Kat Armstrong who aimed a dangerous header that bounced off the crossbar.

In the 52nd minute, Herrera put the ball top shelf for her first career goal on a free kick from 25 yards in front of the A&M bench.

The Aggies continued its relentless offensive pressure as freshman Jennifer Kmezich had two good looks that were both on frame, but right into the arms of Mawyer.

Sophomore Inge Harding nearly scored on a header off of a corner kick taken by Shipley in the 67th minute, but a Bobcat defender managed to clear the shot off the line.

Shortly thereafter, Shipley controlled the ball on the right flank and sent a cross into the box. Junior Natalie Currie tapped it along to Wohlers who netted her first career goal by chipping a shot over the head of Bobcat keeper Mandy Mawyer.

Texas State's Erica Michaud ran down a ball at the top of the box in the 78th minute and put the Bobcats on the scoreboard after striking a shot off the bounce that went up and over sophomore keeper Kelly Dyer.

Four minutes later senior Micah Stephens lobbed a pass in to Harding. At the corner of the six-yard box the sophomore fired a shot across the goalmouth and into the left-side netting to keep the Aggies at a comfortable distance.

Texas State's Michaud struck again from the top of the penalty area in the 87th minute on a pass from Andrea Grifo.

The Aggies outshot the Bobcats 28-5 in the match and earned two corner kicks, while not allowing Texas State a single one.

A&M moves on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament to face Washington at the Aggie Soccer Stadium on Sunday.

"Washington will be a very big challenge for us," said Guerrieri. "I was impressed with the way they defended. I was most impressed with the way they came from behind. We have a lot of respect for the way that they play. I think it's going to be a really attractive and a competitive game on Sunday."

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