Soccer To Battle No. 1 Texas In State Farm Lone Star Showdown

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COLLEGE STATION -- The 5th-ranked Texas A&M soccer team laces up for its return to College Station after a five-day road swing through Oklahoma, looking to knock off the top-ranked Longhorns from the University of Texas. The State Farm Lone Star Showdown is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.

“This should be a really good game,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “Both teams are talented, motivated, highly ranked and playing well. So, I anticipate a very entertaining match.”

Texas carries a 9-1-2, 2-0-1 conference record and an eight-match unbeaten streak into Friday’s game. The Longhorns climbed to No. 1 in a national poll for the first time in school history after battling to a 1-1 draw with Iowa State in Ames before closing out their home-and-away weekend with a 2-1 overtime win against Nebraska in Austin.

Freshman forward Niki Arlitt leads the team in goals scored (8) and is tied with fellow freshman forward Alisha Ortiz and junior midfielder Courtney Gaines for the team lead in assists (4).

Texas A&M improved to 9-2-1, 3-1-0 in Big 12 play after posting a pair of wins over the weekend in Oklahoma. A&M fought from behind to beat No. 22 Oklahoma State on Thursday before traveling to Norman on Sunday. The Ags blanked the Sooners, 1-0 allowing OU just five shots on the afternoon. The Aggies outshot their opponents 45 to 16 on the weekend.

Sophomore defender Nicole Ketchum earned a spot on the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week and the Top Drawer Soccer Women’s College Team of the Week along with garnering Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts in the Aggies’ two conference wins over the weekend. The Cypress, Texas-native logged her third and fourth goals of the season against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

All-American senior forward Ashlee Pistorius is currently tied for the Big 12 record in career goals (69) and is 10 shy of tying the all-time Aggie career record (79).

Friday’s match marks the 20th meeting between the Aggies and Longhorns since the first time the two teams met in 1993. A&M won both of the meetings in ‘93, 1-0 and 9-0, respectively.

Texas has won the last two-consecutive meetings in Austin by scores of 2-1 in 2005 and 1-0 in 2006. UT has never won a game at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.

The Aggies lead the all-time series 16-3-0.

Fans can purchase tickets by calling the ticket office at 1-888-99-AGGIE. Tickets will also be available at the Aggie Soccer Stadium one hour prior to kick off.

Parking for the match will be available in lots designated 100g, 100j and 100k.