No. 2 Soccer to Battle North Carolina and Duke

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COLLEGE STATION -- The 2nd-ranked Texas A&M soccer team will have its chance at settling some unfinished business when it opens play at the Carolina Nike Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. against No. 3 North Carolina on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Fetzer Field.

“This is going to a very difficult weekend for us against two exceptional programs,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “But we're looking forward to the challenge and the experiences our players will gain from playing UNC and Duke on the road.”

The Tar Heels (0-1-0) dropped their regular season home opener to South Carolina, 1-0, on Saturday.

A&M (2-0-0) picked up a pair of wins in its opening weekend, defeating perennial Ivy League power Dartmouth, 2-0, on Friday. The Ags doubled their scoring effort Sunday evening against the College of Charleston, downing the Cougars, 4-0.

Texas A&M outshot its opponents 44-8 on the weekend, winning 15 corners while surrendering just four.

All-American senior forward Ashlee Pistorius netted three goals in just a two-game span. The Bloomington, Illinois native scored her first goal of the season Friday on a penalty kick that was awarded after a Dartmouth defender was called for a handball in the box. Pistorius connected with freshman Rachel Shipley and senior co-captain Melissa Garey on Sunday for her second and third goals, totaling 59 in her career.

Garey chipped in another assist in the win over the College of Charleston when she joined with fellow senior and co-captain Amy Berend for the fourth and final goal of the night.

North Carolina holds the all-time advantage at 8-1-0.

Friday’s game marks the 10th meeting of the two teams. The Aggies defeated the eventual national champion Tar Heels last season, 1-0, in double overtime in front of an NCAA record-setting crowd of 8,204 at the Aggie Soccer Stadium on Aug. 25th. The loss would be the only blemish on North Carolina’s ’06 record. The Heels would be perfect over their next 27 games, including a 3-2 win against the Aggies on Nov. 25th in the Elite Eight.

The Aggies will conclude tournament play with a match against the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.