Aggie soccer to face Kansas Sunday

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LAWRENCE, Kansas – The No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies continue their non-conference slate as they play a road match against the No. 19 Kansas Jayhawks Sunday afternoon at Rock Chalk Park. First kick is slated for 1 pm.

Texas A&M is looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season. The Aggies fell to Butler, 2-0, Friday evening in College Station.

The Maroon & White started the year with wins in California against Pepperdine (1-0 – OT) and San Diego (2-0). Last weekend, Texas A&M played then-No. 19 Oklahoma State to a 2-2 draw and toppled DePaul, 2-0.

Kansas is undefeated in their last six matches. On Friday, the Jayhawks played to a 1-1 draw at Saint Louis. Prior to that, Kansas rattled off wins against Central Michigan (3-0), Tulsa (2-0), Oregon State (2-0), Colorado College (2-0) and No. 7 USC (2-1). This marks the Jayhawks’ third match of the season against a nationally ranked squad. Kansas opened the year with a 3-0 loss to then-No. 22 Nebraska in addition to the victory over defending national champion USC.

The Aggies own a 13-3-2 edge (.778) in the all-time series against Kansas.

The most recent meeting came in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 Big 12 Championship. The hectic match played in the pouring rain resulted in a 3-3 draw with the Aggies advancing to the semifinals on PKs, 5-3. Kansas took a 2-0 lead in the match with goals in the 36th and 74th minutes. The Aggies responded with goals by Merritt Mathias and Annie Kunz in the next two minutes to knot the contest at 2-2. Kelley Monogue gave A&M its first lead of the match in the 80th minute, but Kansas responded with an equalizer with :03 left in the second half. Texas A&M got successful PKs from Allie Bailey, Kunz, Meghan Streight and Rachel Lenz and Mathias.

The Aggies will play without senior midfielder Mikaela Harvey and head coach G Guerrieri who both received red cards in Friday’s match. For Guerrieri, it was the first red card since the 2002 Big 12 Championship.

FOLLOW THE ACTION
The match will be streamed on ESPN3. Josh Klingler will handle the play-by-play and Huw Williams will provide color analysis. Sunday’s match can be heard locally on 1550 AM and worldwide with 12thMan.com/listen. David Ellis (play-by-play) and Kristi Leonard (color) will be on the call. Updates will also be available at www.twitter.com/@aggiesoccer.