COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The 5th-ranked Texas A&M soccer team continues its trek through a very tough non-conference schedule when it faces off against the College of Charleston Cougars Sunday evening. The match is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
“Coach Dempsey has done a wonderful job with the C of C program and he'll have his athletic team organized and ready to give us a battle,” commented A&M head coach G Guerrieri. “I am expecting a tight match where we'll have to work very hard to keep them in check and find ways to score.”
The Cougars return 19 letterwinners from last year's team that posted an 8-9-2 record. Sunday’s game will serve as the College of Charleston’s regular season opener. The Cougars will rely on midfielders Chrissy Caruso and Danielle Jordan to lead C of C‘s attack this season.
Caruso led the team in goals scored last year with six, while Jordan led the team in assists with eight.
The Aggies did not disappoint the over 5,000 fans that braved the rain Friday night, defeating Ivy League power Dartmouth, 2-0. With the win, A&M improved to 1-0-0 on the season.
“Getting the season off to a winning start in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 on Friday night was great for us, but we know that Charleston is going to pose us some new challenges on Sunday,” Guerrieri said. “I hope that the 12th Man will again muster at the soccer stadium to help us keep this home winning streak going.”
A&M’s back line earned its first shutout of the season Friday, holding the Big Green to just five shots and allowing just two corners.
“We had a lot of great opening night performances on Friday night, but I was real pleased with the way our defense stepped up to earn the shutout,” Guerrieri said. “Paige Carmichael, Nicole Ketchum, Micah Stephens, Kelly Wilmoth, and Sara Albrecht are gelling together nicely and we're confident that that unit will continue to get stronger and stronger. But, we're expecting C of C to challenge us.”
Sunday’s match marks the first ever meeting between the two teams.
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