COLLEGE STATION -- The 3rd-ranked Texas A&M soccer team will be on the road this weekend for matches against Iowa State and Nebraska. Kickoff for Friday’s game against the Cyclones is set for 7 p.m. at the ISU Soccer Complex.
“ISU has won some big games this season at their place,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “They will be a very difficult opponent on their own field and we’re going to have to bring forth one of our best efforts of the season into this game to get a positive result.”
Iowa State fell to 6-4-2, 2-2-1 in league play after dropping a pair of matches last weekend. Despite taking an early lead in Lubbock on Friday, the Cyclones surrendered three unanswered second half goals to the Red Raiders in a span of just under 10 minutes to lose 3-1. ISU returned Sunday for a non-conference match against Western Illinois. The Cyclones outshot the Westerwinds 18 to nine, earning 12 corners to WIU’s three but were unable to find the back of the net as Western Illinois scored the gamewinner in the match’s eighth minute and tacked on an insurance goal in the 40th minute to claim a 2-0 victory.
Sophomore midfielder Elise Reid is leading the Cyclone offensive attack with five goals, including two gamewinners. Senior midfielder/forward Brittanie Waddell has dished out a team-leading four assists while adding two goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Ann Gleason is first in the Big 12 in saves (68) and shutouts per game (0.38), tied for first with Texas A&M keeper Kristin Arnold in shutouts (5) and second in save percentage (.850) and saves per game (5.23). The Stillwater, Minn. native also ranks third in goals-against average (0.87).
Friday’s game marks the 14th meeting between the two teams.
The Aggies lead the all-time series 11-1-1. Eight of A&M’s 11 wins have been shutouts including a 7-0 win in College Station last season. The Cyclones lone win came in 2005, a 1-0 decision at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
The Aggies will travel to Lincoln on Sunday to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a match scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Nebraska Soccer Field.
Nebraska enters the weekend with a 5-6-3, 1-4-0 Big 12 record after splitting its Texas road series last weekend. The Huskers were in Beaumont on Friday closing out non-conference play against Lamar University. NU dominated every offensive statistical category, holding a commanding 44 to three shot advantage, winning 10 corners to the Cardinals’ two and forcing Lamar keeper Keslie Binetti to make 18 saves. Nebraska returned to conference action on Sunday against Texas Tech at R.P. Fuller Stadium in Lubbock. The Huskers’ Sari Raber would give NU the early lead in the game’s 6th minute but Tech would use a goal in each half to come away with the 2-1 win.
Raber, a junior midfielder, is tied with sophomore forward Shay Powell for the team lead in goals scored (3). Ten other Huskers have contributed to their scoring efforts and eight have chipped in a least one assist.
Sunday’s game marks the 23rd meeting between the Aggies and Cornhuskers.
Nebraska leads the all-time series 13-9-0. A&M has won the last four meetings, including a 2-1 win in College Station in ’06.
The Aggies are coming off a successful weekend at home that saw them improve to 11-2-1, 5-1-0 in conference play. A&M defeated top-ranked Texas, 2-0, on Friday night in front of 5,552 fans at the Aggie Soccer Stadium, the second largest crowd in stadium history. The Ags battled back from a 2-0 first half deficit against Colorado on Sunday, scoring four goals in just 13 minutes to post a 4-2 victory, putting them atop the Big 12 standings.
A pair of Texas A&M forwards garnered accolades from the league office this week. Senior All-American Ashlee Pistorius was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and freshman Rachel Shipley was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for their efforts over the weekend. Pistorius became the Big 12 career leader in goals scored (71) after she converted her fourth career penalty kick against the Longhorns on Friday. Pistorius also contributed an assist for the game-winning goal against Texas. Sunday, against the Buffaloes, Pistorius posted another goal and assist, bringing her season total to 15 goals in 14 games with five assists. Shipley earned her first Big 12 honor after coming in off the bench against Colorado to net her first collegiate goal and fifth assist.