SAN ANTONIO - The 2nd-ranked Texas A&M soccer team (17-2-2) is looking to make a sweep of the 2007 Big 12 Conference titles as it prepares to battle the 10th-ranked Texas Longhorns (13-3-5) in Sunday’s championship match at the Blossom Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Live audio of the match will be provided on AggieAthletics.com. The game will be telecast tape-delayed by FSN. Check local listings for FSN broadcast times in your area.
“We are excited to be playing for another championship,” Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “This has been a very physically demanding tournament for us, but it’s great to be in the final again.”
A&M rolled through Missouri in Friday’s semifinal to make its third appearance in the championship game in four years. The Aggies earned the tournament crown in 2004 and 2005. A&M came from down a goal against the Tigers to cruise to a 4-1 victory.
Texas, last year’s defending champion, posted a 1-1 draw against Oklahoma State on Friday night and advanced to the championship game after beating the Cowgirls 5-3 on penalty kicks. It was the second time in as many games the Longhorns moved to the next round after a PK shootout.
The Aggies are averaging nearly three goals per game this season to the Longhorns’ two. Both teams have played 21 games and both A&M and Texas keepers Kristin Arnold and Diana Pfenninger have allowed just 15 goals.
Paving the way for the Aggie attack is the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Ashlee Pistorius who also leads the nation in scoring (23). The senior forward has racked up 79 goals during her four year career at A&M.
Senior Elisabeth Jones has posted two goals and the winning penalty kick during Big 12 Championship play this week, bringing her season total to six.
The Longhorns are led by freshman Niki Arlitt who has netted a team-leading 10 goals this season while adding four assists.
The Aggies and Longhorns have faced off 20 times since 1993 with A&M holding a 17-3-0 all-time advantage. During regular season play, the Aggies fought for a 2-0 victory in College Station after playing over half the match a man down.
A&M and UT have met twice in the Big 12 Soccer Championship match with the Aggies winning 1-0 in 2001 and 3-0 in 2004.
The winner of Sunday’s match will gain an automatic bid into the 2007 NCAA Soccer Tournament.