COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The 5th-ranked 2007 Texas A&M soccer team showcased its abilities in front nearly 1,500 fans during Saturday’s Maroon & White scrimmage at the Aggie Soccer Stadium. The White team was victorious, outscoring the Maroon team 4-3 on the evening.
“It was so great to have about 1,500 people come out tonight for an intrasquad game,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “It is a real testament to the attractive playing style that our girls display. I was really excited to see so many young kids out here to see the game.”
The scoring began just as quickly as the game when just over a minute into the match,
All-American forward Ashlee Pistorius, of the White team, collected a loose ball from a defender on the Maroon backline and slipped a shot past freshman keeper Kelly Dyer, putting White up 1-0.
Freshman Inge Harding made her debut in Aggieland scoring the first goal for the Maroon team in the seventh minute. Harding beat Kristin Arnold, the White keeper one-on-one to even up the score at one.
Pistorius would factor into the scoring yet again for the White team as the Illinois-native quickly dribbled down the right sideline to connect with a streaking Allison Martino who fired a shot dead-on in the 17th minute to give White a 2-1 lead.
Senior forward Elisabeth Jones pushed the White team’s lead to 3-1 when she spun around near the endline on the right side to find Melissa Garey waiting at the top of the penalty area. With a quick touch, Garey placed the ball at the head of an open Rachel Shipley for the White team’s third goal of the night.
“Our forwards did a great job of maneuvering themselves into dangerous scoring positions,” Guerrieri continued. “It was nice to see the freshmen able to finish their chances tonight.”
The Maroon team refused to go quietly into the night when with just 12.5 seconds left in the first period of play, Laura Grace Robinson launched a hard shot into the upper right side of the net to bring the Maroon within one headed into the half.
The second half began much like the first, with the White team quickly finding the back of the net. In the 27th minute, Martino returned the favor to Pistorius streaking down the left flank to place a perfect pass at Pistorius’ feet about 18 yards from the goal. Pistorius tucked away her second goal of the night, giving the White team a 4-2 advantage.
Harding made her presence known, scoring her second goal of the match in the 45th minute, cutting White’s lead to just one. The forward from Dripping Springs, Texas scored the goal off a pass from fellow freshman Shipley just inside the Maroon penalty area.
“For our third day of preseason workouts this was a real good indication of some of the attacking weapons that we have,” Guerrieri ended. “I was real pleased with all of their performances tonight. In a 50-minute game to be able to create 22 shots is a good start to our season. It’s a good way for us to see some things we want to work on and improve on as we get ready for our next test.”
The White team held a slight 13-9 shot advantage, but dominated on corners taking nine to the Maroon team’s one.
The Aggies will take to the road next Saturday for an exhibition match against the 7th-ranked Florida Gators. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in Gainesville, Fla.