COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The 6th-ranked Texas A&M soccer team continues its quest for a fourth consecutive Big 12 title Thursday in Stillwater, Okla. as it is set to battle the No. 22 Oklahoma State Cowgirls. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. The match will be nationally televised live on the Fox Soccer Channel.
“This is another tough road trip for us,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “It’s the sixth time this year that we will play a nationally ranked opponent away from our stadium and crowd, and we’re expecting the Cowgirls to be sky-high emotionally and very prepared for the match. With this being the first televised game from their facility, I am sure that they’ll have a big enthusiastic crowd on hand.”
The Cowgirls moved to 7-2-1, 1-1-0 in league play after splitting a pair of games last weekend. OSU dropped their conference opener to Iowa State on Friday, 3-0, at the Iowa State Soccer Complex. The Cowgirls bounced back against Nebraska on Sunday in Lincoln. OSU used a first half goal by All-American Yolanda Odenyo to pick up a 1-0 victory over the Cornhuskers.
Senior midfielder Sasa Jackson leads the team in goals scored (5). Freshman forward Katie Richardson and sophomore midfielder Kasey Langdon have each chipped out a team-leading four assists. The duo also ranks second in goals scored (3).
The Aggies enter Friday’s match at 7-2-1, 1-1-0 in conference play. A&M suffered a tough 3-2 double overtime loss at the feet of a solid Missouri squad on Friday in Columbia, Mo. The Ags struck first, trading goals with the Tigers as regulation play ended with the score deadlocked at 2-2. With roughly 30 seconds remaining in the second overtime, Kristin Andrighetto, received a pass in the Aggie penalty area and netted the gamewinner. Despite outshooting Kansas 9 to 1 in the first half of Sunday’s match, A&M had a slow start to their scoring attack. The Aggies ended the scoring drought in the game’s 41st minute off a Natalie Currie corner kick. A&M used 11 second-half shots to tack on four more goals, while surrendering just one as the Aggies defeated the Jayhawks, 5-1, at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
All-American senior forward Ashlee Pistorius netted four goals on the weekend, recording her fifth career hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Kansas on Sunday. Pistorius’ stellar weekend performance moves her within 11 of tying the Aggie career record for goals scored, currently held by Bryn Blalack (79). The senior is now second in the Big 12 all-time career record book for goals scored (68).
A&M holds the all-time advantage at 11-0-2.
Friday’s game marks the 14th meeting between the two teams. The Aggies defeated a then No. 17 OSU, 3-1, in front of 3,636 fans at the Aggie Soccer Stadium last season. Eight of the Aggies’ 11 wins have been shutouts.
“Colin and Karen have done a great job of bringing world class players to Stillwater, and they play a very disciplined and organized style,” Guerrieri said. “So, we’ll have our work cut out for us to get a good result in their yard.”