No. 2 Soccer Faces Missouri in Semifinals

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SAN ANTONIO -- The 2nd-ranked Texas A&M soccer team (16-2-2) puts an 11-game unbeaten streak on the line as it faces the Missouri Tigers (13-6-0) in Friday’s semifinal match of the 2007 Big 12 Soccer Championship at the Blossom Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.

The Big 12 will provide a live video stream and audio of the semifinals at www.big12sports.com.

“Missouri is very well coached and a dangerous team,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “We have a lot of respect for them and what they do. We know that this is going to be another important game for us against another nationally ranked opponent.”

The Aggies advanced to the semifinals after winning a penalty kick shootout against the Iowa State Cyclones in first round action. Even after playing over 60 minutes of the game a man down due to senior Melissa Garey’s red card, A&M continued to control the flow of the game. After 110 minutes of play, A&M and ISU remained deadlocked 1-1.

Seven Aggies and seven Cyclones converted their shots before A&M brought in freshman keeper Kelly Dyer who smothered Iowa States’ eighth attempt. Senior Elisabeth Jones, who was responsible for A&M’s goal in the match, nailed her shot giving the Aggies an 8-7 advantage in the PKs.

Missouri moves on to face A&M after posting a 4-3 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in double overtime. Kristin Andrighetto scored two goals for the Tigers including the game-winner in the matches’ 101st minute.

Along with A&M’s season-long stint in the top-10, Mizzou has also been ranked as high as No. 5 in national polls.

The Aggies hold the all-time series lead against the Tigers 10-3-0. This season A&M dropped 3-2 decision in the last 32 seconds of double overtime in Columbia, Mo., the Aggies’ only conference loss.

Garey will serve her one-game suspension during Friday’s semifinal.