COLLEGE STATION - The second-ranked Texas A&M soccer team saw its season come to a close in round two of the NCAA Tournament after a disappointing 3-2 loss to the 10th-ranked Texas Longhorns on a rainy Saturday evening at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
“The game came down to, with weather conditions and everything else, a game of mistakes. And we made more mistakes than they did,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said." "I'm proud of my ladies. I think they've represented this university well.”
After nearly an hour of weather delays the game went underway with the Aggies looking to be in control for much off the first half. A&M dominated every offensive category posting 10 shots to Texas’ four. The score was even in A&M’s favor 1-0 at the half thanks to a misclear by a UT defender that resulted in an “own goal” for the Aggies.
The second 45 minutes started with freshman Rachel Shipley nearly putting the Aggies up 2-0 as the midfielder launched a shot that fell into the arms Texas keeper Dianna Pfenninger, the save was her fourth of the night.
Seconds after Shipley’s shot, Texas’ Erica Campanelli netted the equalizer in the 54th minute, her first career goal as a Longhorn. Campanelli was positioned inside the keeper box and drove a header past A&M’s Kristin Arnold off a Courtney Gaines corner kick.
Texas would score twice more on the night. In the 72nd minute Caitlin Kennedy sent a cross from the close right wing towards the left post that caromed straight back into the left side netting for her third goal of the season. Six minutes later Texas sealed its trip to the NCAA Third Round as Kennedy connected with Kelsey Carpenter inside the Aggie penalty area. Carpenter’s goal tied her for the team-lead (10) with freshman Niki Arlitt.
"(The weather) made this a completely different game. But both teams had to play in it. It's part of what the game is. You've got to be able to play in whatever is out there,” Guerrieri noted. “It did have a major effect, especially in the second half. In the second half, with the rain and the wind in our face, we didn't do well in the first 15 minutes. That's when they got back in the game. A couple mistakes allowed them to take the lead again."
A&M senior Sara Albrecht refused to go quietly into the night as the defender launched, what she thought was a cross into UT’s keeper box in the 83rd minute, but the ball proved too much for Pfenninger to handle as the keeper punched the ball into the back of the net rather than over the crossbar, bringing the Aggies back within one goal of tying the game.
In the final six minutes, A&M managed a flurry of shots forcing Pfenninger to make two saves off the line to keep the game from going into overtime, including a shot by Allison Martino following a deflected corner kick. The corner was cleared away by a UT defender back towards Martino where the senior repositioned herself for another shot.
At the end of regulation, A&M had managed 23 shots to Texas’ 13 and posted eight corners to UT’s six. Both Arnold and Pfenninger registered seven saves on the night.
The Aggies ended the 2007 with an overall record of 18-4-2 after clinching their fourth consecutive Big 12 regular season title.
"(Texas) was very good in the first 15 minutes of the second half,” Guerrieri ended. “It really put us on our heels a bit. It took us a bit out of our game. It's one of those games where you're dying to have one timeout just to get our heads back. It can be such a big momentum swing."
The win was Texas’ first in eight trips to College Station and moves the Longhorns’ season record to 16-3-5. UT will face the winner of the LSU/Florida State second round match that will be played Saturday at noon.
Shots by period 1 2 Total
Texas 4 9 13
Texas A&M 10 13 23
Corner kicks 1 2 Total
Texas 1 5 6
Texas A&M 5 3 8
Saves by period 1 2 Total
Texas 3 4 7
Texas A&M 2 5 7
Fouls 1 2 Total
Texas 4 4 8
Texas A&M 4 4 8
No. Time Team Goal scorer Assist Description
1. 22:31 TAMU OWN GOAL (unassisted)
2. 53:44 UT Campanelli, Erica (1) Gaines, Courtney
3. 71:52 UT Kennedy, Caitlin (3) (unassisted)
4. 78:26 UT Carpenter, Kelsey (10) Kennedy, Caitlin
5. 82:22 TAMU Albrecht, Sara (1) (unassisted)