COLLEGE STATION -- The 2nd-ranked Texas A&M soccer team will close out the non-conference portion of its schedule Friday against the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
“This is going to be a tough match for us,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “UWM is having a great season and have earned quality results against teams in their conference as well as the Big East, Big Ten and ACC.”
Wisconsin-Milwaukee enters its regular season finale this weekend with an 11-3-3 overall record. The Panthers were perfect in conference play, posting a 7-0-1 record en route to their eighth-consecutive Horizon League regular season championship, ninth in program history. Milwaukee used a goal in each half to fight off Loyola on Tuesday as Pam Shipway scored the gamewinner in the match’s 71st minute to give the Panthers the 2-1 win. UWM held a dominating 42-4 shot advantage over Cleveland State Friday night, earning 11 corners to the Vikings none. Six different Panthers would find the back of the net as Milwaukee cruised to a 6-0 win over CSU. Kate Megna scored the gamewinner in the 23rd minute and Sarah Teegarden tacked on an insurance goal in the 70th to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 win over Wright State Sunday afternoon.
Shipway, a senior midfielder, was named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week and Horizon League Player of the Week for her performance last week. The Vernon Hills, Ill.-native recorded points in all three games, scoring two goals, both gamewinners, and chipping in an assist on Sunday in the 2-0 win against Wright State.
A&M improved to 13-2-1, 7-1-0 in league play after a pair of road wins over the weekend. Senior Melissa Garey scored the gamewinner in the match’s 18th minute, her fifth goal of the season, 36th of her career and sophomore keeper Kristin Arnold posted seven saves as the Aggies defeated the Iowa State Cyclones, 1-0, Friday night in Ames. Nebraska took the early lead on Sunday in Lincoln but seniors Allison Martino and Ashlee Pistorius would trade goal for goal putting the Aggies up 4-1.
Pistorius and Garey continued their climb through the Aggie record books this weekend. Garey’s goal in the win over Iowa State put her one away from tying Heather Ragsdale who currently ranks fifth in career goals scored. Pistorius’ two goals moved her within six of tying Bryn Blalack for the lead in most goals scored (79). Pistorius’ five points against the Huskers earned her the top spot in the Big 12 career standings for total points (175).
Friday’s game will mark the first meeting between the two teams. The match will also serve as Milwaukee’s first game against a Texas team and their first ever trip to the Lone Star State.
The Panthers are 2-5 against Big 12 teams, the two wins came against nationally-ranked opponents in No. 8 Nebraska (’98) and No. 16 Missouri (’06).
UWM will mark the 10th NCAA tournament participant the Aggies have faced this season. The Panthers won their eighth-consecutive regular season championship with an unbeaten record for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
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.