No. 4 Aggies Return Home to Battle the Golden Hurricane

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COLLEGE STATION -- After grueling back-to-back road trips, the 4th-ranked Texas A&M soccer team returns home this weekend to the friendly confines of the Aggie Soccer Stadium, playing host to two Conference USA foes, Tulsa and Rice. Friday’s game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“We’re really excited to be back home and playing at the Aggie Soccer Stadium this weekend,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “We have had some great training sessions so far this week as you see how happy the players are to be back on our home field. Seeing my Aggies play against my alma mater will be a neat experience, but there won’t be any melancholy feelings from the time the national anthem is sung until the referee blows the final whistle of the match. This is an important game for us that we will work hard to win.”

Tulsa enters Friday’s match at 1-4-1 on the season. The Golden Hurricane battled to a 1-1 draw against Stephen F. Austin University on Friday. Freshman midfielder Kelley German netted her first collegiate goal in the game’s 21st minute to give Tulsa a 1-0 lead. SFA would answer back 11 minutes later closing out the scoring for the night and tying the game at one all. Despite outshooting the University of Arkansas-Little Rock 22 to 11, TU fell to the Trojans, 1-0, on Sunday.

Friday’s match will mark the first meeting between Tulsa and A&M in a little over a decade. The two teams have met just twice before, in ’94 and ’96 with the Aggies picking up victories in both games, 1-0 and 5-2, respectively.

“Tulsa is a dangerous opponent for us,” Guerrieri noted. “Coach Richardson was a member of A&M’s original Big 12 Championship coaching staff back in the late 90s, so it’s especially gratifying to see her leading the Golden Hurricane into Aggieland this Friday. But, because she, her coaches and players are so familiar with the way we do things, we’re expecting a very stern test.”

The Aggies moved to 4-1-1 on the season after last weekend. A&M used a pair of first half goals to put away a tough No. 14 West Virginia squad Friday evening. Freshman forward Whitney Hooper notched her first collegiate goal in the game’s 32nd minute to give the Aggies the lead. Hooper would factor into the scoring again just 10 minutes later when she set up sophomore Cydne Currie for her first goal of the season putting the Ags up by two. The Mountaineers would threaten late, netting a goal in the 82nd minute, but A&M would hang on for the 2-1 win. The Aggies battled to a 1-1 draw against perennial Big 10 power Penn State on Sunday. A&M took a 1-0 lead in the game’s 35th minute off a converted penalty kick by senior All-Big 12 performer Paige Carmichael. The 15th-ranked Nittany Lions responded in the 86th minute when sophomore forward Katie Schoepfer collected a loose ball and netted the equalizer. After 110 minutes of play, neither team was able to net the golden goal and the game ended in a 1-1 tie for the second time in the last two years.

Hooper was named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week for her play in the 2-1 victory over then No. 14 West Virginia and 1-1 tie against then No. 15 Penn State. The Houston-native factored into all three of the Aggies’ goals over the weekend.

In conjunction with Aggie Ring Day, any student wearing an Aggie ring will receive free admission to Friday’s match.

Fans wanting to purchase tickets for the game can do so by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE.

Parking is available in lots designated 100g, 100j or 100k.