College Station – The seventh-ranked Texas A&M soccer team hosts Nebraska on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium. Introductions of this year’s seniors, Laura Grace Robinson and Micah Stephens, are held prior to the start of the match.
A&M remains unbeaten in its last nine games and plays the third contest of a four-game home stand against the Huskers Friday. The Aggies welcome Iowa State on Sunday.
A&M is in first place in the conference with a 3-0-1 league record and are 10-1-1 overall. Nebraska is tied for third in the Big 12 after defeating then No. 8 Texas and falling to Baylor last weekend.
A&M downed then 10th-ranked Oklahoma State and shutout Oklahoma last week to move up to the top spot in the league. The Aggies also blanked Baylor, 1-0, and Texas, 0-0, and have recorded five shutouts this season.
Freshman Jennifer Kmezich and sophomore Rachel Shipley lead the A&M offense with 12 points each. Kmezich has five goals and two assists, while Shipley has four goals and four assists. Robinson adds five goals and two game winners.
Fans can follow all the Aggie soccer action this weekend with free live video, audio and stats on AggieAthletics.com.
In addition to the seniors being honored on Friday, fans can get their photos taken with all the Aggie soccer trophies. Sunday is City of College Station Employee Appreciation Day.
AGGIES EARN WEEKLY AWARDS
Robinson earned honors as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and took a spot on the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week, while freshman Becca Herrera was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
From Houston, Texas, Robinson led the Aggies to two victories taking part in three goals including two of her own. She totaled five points over two games to lead the team for the week. Herrera also had success, posting two assists against the Sooners.
Robinson and Herrera mark the sixth and seventh Big 12 Players of the Week in six weeks of play. This breaks the Aggies’ previous record of six such honors in one season.
The Huskers are 7-5-1 overall and 3-1-0 in the Big 12, taking a third-place tie in the conference. The team leads the NCAA in corner kicks with 92. In Big 12 games, Nebraska also ranks first in assists (9) and assists per game (2.25), second in points (23), and third in shots (75). Nebraska started Big 12 play this season with a three-game winning streak, including upsets over No. 25 Kansas and No. 8 Texas, before falling to Baylor in a 1-0 duel last week in Waco. The team has not won a game on the road yet this season. Shay Powell leads the Husker attack with 14 points, including six goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Brittany Pfeil has 7-2-1 record with 28 saves and a 0.85 goals-against average.
VERSUS THE HUSKERS
Texas A&M is 10-13-0 against Nebraska all time. The last time the teams met, the Aggies netted four goals to the Huskers’ one for its fifth consecutive victory. This season, the Aggies outrank Nebraska in almost every statistical category.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
The Cyclones (4-7-1, 0-3-1 Big12) take a break from conference play hosting Illinois State at home on Friday before making the trip to College Station on Sunday. ISU lost to Missouri, Kansas and Texas and earned a tie against Baylor after two overtime periods. The Cyclones are 2-3-1 on the road and are led by Leslie Hill with 10 points. Amanda Nimtz has a team-high four goals and Elise Reid also chips in three goals. Ann Gleason holds a 1.81 goals-against average recording 63 saves this season.
VERSUS THE CYCLONES
The Aggies lead the series, 12-1-2 against Iowa State. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in two overtimes last season in the Big 12 Championship, but A&M advanced to the semifinal 8-7 on penalty kicks. The Aggies defeated ISU 1-0 during the regular season in 2007.
A&M is ranked seventh in the top-25 polls and was ranked fourth in the first release of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). No. 3 Portland, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 6 Stanford hold the top three spots, respectively.
After Hurricane Ike forced the cancellation of the Aggie’s match against Princeton earlier this season, A&M recently picked up a game on Thursday, Oct. 30 against Houston Baptist. The contest is slated for 6:30 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.