College Station - The seventh-ranked Texas A&M soccer team scored two goals in the first half and handed No. 10 Oklahoma State its first loss of the season, 2-1, on Friday evening in front of 3, 378 fans at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
Freshman Jennifer Kmezich headed in the game winner and senior Laura Grace Robinson netted the first goal of the match as the Aggie defense held the Cowgirls (9-1-1, 1-1-1 Big 12) to a season-low, single goal for just the second time this season.
“I’m really proud of our youngsters for getting another win against a team ranked in the top 10,” said head coach G Guerrieri. “OSU is a solid team. The flow of the game was good, it was under control and it was exciting. The mentality to shoot has been excellent and our back line gets better and better as they keep playing more together.”
A&M (9-1-1, 2-0-1 Big 12) wasted no time on the attack and two minutes into the match freshman Beth West was fouled at the top of the penalty box. Fellow freshman Bri Young took the free kick which was blocked by the OSU wall. West collected the ball inside the 18-yard box and pushed it through OSU defenders to the foot of Robinson on the right side. The keeper was pulled out and Robinson was able to put the ball inside the far post to get the Aggies out quick, 1-0.
A&M dominated possession early and the Aggie defense blocked OSU’s first three shots of the match. The Cowgirls, however, scored the equalizer in 34th minute on a cross from Allyson Leggett. Krista Lopez flicked the pass on to Kasey Langdon in the six-yard box and Langdon’s shot found the back of the net to even the score, 1-1.
The Aggie attack persevered and six minutes later West sent a cross from just outside the penalty area to Kmezich at the top of the six-yard box. The Larkspur, Colo., native headed the ball past OSU keeper Erin Stigler to put A&M back on top, 2-1.
While neither team scored in the second half, A&M had several strong chances. In the 84th minute, junior Amber Gnatzig was at the top of the box and touched the ball to Rachel Shipley on the right side. From Plano, Texas, the sophomore fired a hard right-footed shot on the run that Stigler saved.
A&M soccer outshot the Cowgirls 17-11 and had six shots on goal compared to four for OSU. Sophomore Kelly Dyer earned another win in goal and recorded three saves.
A&M returns to the pitch on Sunday facing Oklahoma who lost to Oregon, 2-0, on Friday. The match is slated for 1:30 p.m.