COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 10th-ranked Texas A&M soccer team continues the opening weekend of the 2008 season as it hosts McNeese State Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
"We're looking forward to getting back onto the field for Sunday's match,” said A&M head coach G Guerrieri. “McNeese is a well coached, fully rested team, which will surely pose some difficult challenges for us."
The Aggies opened the season on Friday with a 3-2 win over Rhode Island in front of a crowd of 6,712. A&M outshot the Rams 17-2 in the first half and 25-3 in the contest.
"Playing your college debut in front of the second largest regular season crowd in NCAA history is a neat experience for our freshmen,” continued Guerrieri. “I think that we'll be a much more relaxed team in the McNeese match."
Eight A&M newcomers saw time on the pitch in the home opener, as sophomore Alyssa Mautz and freshman Beth West contributed two of the Aggies’ three goals. Freshmen Jennifer Kmezich and Bri Young added assists.
"I'm glad that we were able to get so many newcomers into the lineup on Friday,” Guerrieri said. “That experience, and each subsequent match, will help us grow into the type of team that A&M soccer fans have become accustomed to over the past four years."
Returning starter and sophomore Rachel Shipley scored the Aggies first goal of the year on Friday and tallied an assist.
A&M is McNeese State’s first opponent of the 2008 season as its match Friday against Centenary was cancelled due to rain. With a 2007 record of 12-5-4 overall and a 7-1-1 mark in league play, the Cowgirls tied for first in the Southland Conference. McNeese State returns three starts and 17 letterwinners to this year’s squad.