COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 9 Texas A&M soccer team closes out the regular season against Houston Baptist at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
The Aggies (14-3-1, 7-2-1 Big 12) go into their last home match on a two-game winning streak after shutting out Texas Tech, 1-0, and downing then No. 12 Colorado, 2-1, in overtime.
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week Beth West netted the game-winner against the Buffaloes and freshman Bri Young earned national honors as a member of the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for scoring the game-winning goal at Tech and the equalizer at CU.
A&M is led by sophomore Rachel Shipley with 14 points. The Plano, Texas, native provided assists for both game-winners last weekend. She posts four goals and seven assists. Young has a team-high six goals, while freshman Becca Herrera is the team leader in assists with seven.
Sophomore Kelly Dyer tallied her sixth shutout in goal at Tech and has a .853 save percentage and 0.68 goals-against average.
Fans unable to attend Thursday’s match can follow A&M soccer with free live video, audio and live stats on AggieAthletics.com.
In the spirit of Halloween, fans came come to the match wearing a costume and receive free admission.
SCOUTING HOUSTON BAPTIST
The Huskies are 9-6-1 overall and won the last four out of five matches. Ana Viscariello leads the team with 29 points and a team-high 11 goals. Isla Cameron has 20 points and a team-leading eight assists. Three other Huskies tally four goals or more. Between the posts is Michelle Rich with a .857 save percentage and 0.82 goals-against average. She’s made 60 saves in 14 games and totals one shutout. The only common opponent the two teams faced was McNeese State and HBU lost 2-0 to the Cowgirls. The Huskies are 3-4-1 on the road and are led by second year head coach Misty Jones.
VERSUS THE HUSKIES
This is the first meeting between the two teams.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE AGGIES
A&M departs Tuesday for the Big 12 Championship at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. The Championship runs Nov. 5, 7 and 9 with only the winner advancing in each match. The seeding for the tournament will be determined after Friday’s final Big 12 games.
NCAA SELECTION SHOW
While the winner of the Big 12 Championship receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA selection show is set for Monday, Nov. 10 between 7-7:30 p.m. CT on ESPNews.
FIFTH-STRAIGHT BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP?
The Aggies are in first place in the conference with 22 points and await the outcome of the Oklahoma State-Oklahoma match on Friday evening to determine if A&M will win the Big 12 regular season title for the fifth-straight year. If OSU defeats OU, it will move into first place with 23 points. A tie or a loss will leave the Ags at the top of the conference. If the Sooners win, they will notch the eighth seed in the championship.
THE LONE RANGER
A&M is the lone team in the conference without a travel partner this season and the Aggies will come away with the best finish that any team without a travel partner ever has in the Big 12.
BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
West was named the Big 12 Newcomer Player of the Week on Oct. 28, marking A&M’s ninth Big 12 Player of the Week this season. This team effort breaks the Aggies’ previous record of six such honors in one season.
SOCCER BUZZ ELITE TEAM
On Oct. 28, Young was the fifth Aggie this season to be chosen to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team, with the last player being senior Laura Grace Robinson on Oct. 8.
A BALANCED ATTACK
The A&M soccer team has had many players step up in key situations for its 40 goals and 32 assists this season. Nine different players contributed game-winners, eight have three goals or more, six post four goals or more, six tally at least 11 points and five have three or more assists each.
A&M is ranked 9th in the top-25 polls and previous to its two wins last weekend was ranked 11th in the second release of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). North Carolina, Stanford, Portland, UCLA and Notre Dame are listed as the top five. Oklahoma State (10th) is the only Big 12 school ahead of the Aggies in the rankings.
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