Aggies/Longhorns Square Off in Second Round Action

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COLLEGE STATION - The second-ranked Texas A&M soccer team will play host to Big 12 rival No. 10 Texas in NCAA Tournament second round action on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.

“This is a big game between two highly ranked teams who know each other very well, so we’re expecting another classic Aggie-Longhorn battle,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “I am confident that our players will be ready for the match and that the 12th Man will be there in full force to again make the Aggie Soccer Stadium the greatest game-day environment in the nation.”

Texas improved to 15-3-5 on the season after defeating Brigham Young, 2-0, in first round play on Thursday. Freshman forward Alisha Ortiz netted both of the Longhorns’ goals on the afternoon and junior goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger recorded her 40th career win, saving nine shots on goal and recording her seventh shutout of the year.

With the win over BYU, Texas moved its NCAA Tournament record to 4-6-2 in its seventh appearance in the 64-team bracket. The Longhorns have advanced just twice to the third round, in 2004 and 2006, dropping both matches to Portland, 2-0.

The Aggies carry an 18-3-2 overall record into Saturday’s match after downing Stephen F. Austin, 4-1, on Thursday. A&M held a commanding 36-6 shot advantage, winning seven corners to SFA’s one. Senior forward Ashlee Pistorius scored two goals on the night in the game’s first 10 minutes, senior forward Melissa Garey added another goal off a direct free kick, and freshman Inge Harding netted her first collegiate goal off a pass from Pistorius in the match’s 80th minute to seal the victory for the Aggies.

Pistorius’ two goals and assist against SFA moved her into first place in the Aggie career record books for goals scored (81) and total points (194). Her 25 goals on the season currently leads the nation and puts her three shy of tying Bryn Blalack for goals scored in a single season (28).

With the win over SFA, the Aggies extended their home winning-streak to 20 games, dating back to Sept. 20, 2006.

A&M boasts a 20-12 overall NCAA tournament record and is 7-3 in second round games. The Aggies have made eight Sweet Sixteen appearances, advancing on to the Elite Eight three times.

Friday’s match marks the 22nd meeting between the Aggies and Longhorns, and the third this season, since 1993 with A&M holding a 17-4-0 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 was on the losing side of a tough 2-1 decision to the Longhorns in the title game of the Big 12 Championship on Nov. 11.

Free live video and free live statistics will be available for Saturday’s match on AggieAthletics.com.

Single session tickets will be sold on the day of the event. The ticket gate at the Aggie Soccer Stadium will open one hour prior to the match. Parking for the game will be available in lots designated 100J and 100K.