Texas A&M Advances To Sweet 16 With Win Over Washington

Aggies defeat the Huskies, 3-1, and will face No. 2 Florida next.

Nov. 16, 2008

From Texas A&M Athletics

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 13 Texas A&M soccer team downed No. 22 Washington, 3-1, in the second round of the NCAA Division I Championship on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.

The win advances the Aggies (17-4-1) to the Sweet 16 for the eighth time in program history. A&M is set to play No. 2-seeded Florida in Gainesville, Fla., at a time and date yet to be determined. The Huskies ended their season with a 15-6-1 record.

"I thought it was a very good game," said head coach G Guerrieri. "To go up three-nothing makes it look like it was different than the game really was. Washington came out and really, for the first 25 minutes of the match, they had us on our heels a little bit. We had some trouble gaining possession and getting ourselves going. Once we got through that and got some of the jitters out of the way with our youth, you could see the confidence start rolling."

Washington came out on the attack and controlled possession early, but the Aggie defense was flawless and A&M managed a few counter attacks.

At the 20-minute mark A&M earned the first corner kick of the game and freshman Becca Herrera struck a bending ball to the back post as freshman Beth West went up for a header, but was unable to connect.

Seven minutes later, the Aggies were on the attack and a UW player was given a yellow card to set up a free kick in front of the A&M bench. Herrera sent a ball into the box where freshman Raven Tatum headed it to senior Laura Grace Robinson at the near post. The midfielder tapped in A&M's first shot of the game for her seventh goal of the season.

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