COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The reigning SEC Western Division Champion Texas A&M Soccer team completes its spring season on Thursday (March 28) with a 7 pm match against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Ellis Field.
The contest against the Bearkats is the last of five exhibition matches for the Aggies, who ended the 2012 season with an 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, a No. 14 national ranking and a 19-5-1 record. Texas A&M is 3-0-1 in the spring. Netminders Jordan Day and Renee McDermott have yet to allow a goal in 360 minutes of action. The Maroon and White toppled the Houston Cougars, 3-0, on Feb. 9 and edged The Nationals, a professional touring team from Austin, 1-0, on Feb. 16. The Aggies and Baylor Bears played to a 0-0 draw on March 1. In their most recent outing, A&M toppled the Rice Owls, 3-0.
Texas A&M and Sam Houston State have not met in a regular-season game since September of 2009, with the Maroon and White earning a 4-0 decision. The Aggies are 3-0 all-time versus the Bearkats in the regular-season.
The Aggies have a wealth of talent on offense as five of their top six scorers from 2012 return and four will take the pitch on Saturday, including Kelley Monogue (10 g), Shea Groom (5 g/7 a), Meghan Streight (3 g/6 a) and Allie Bailey (4 g/2 a). All-SEC goalkeeper Jordan Day also returns after a sophomore campaign in which she set a league record with 14 shutouts and posted a 0.63 goals-against average and 79 saves.
Rachel Lenz, Jackie Tondl and Karlie Mueller also return to an A&M defense that held opponents to 16 goals in 25 games.
The Bearkats are coming off a 7-11-1 season, finishing fifth in the Southland Conference with a 4-3-1 record. Sam Houston State is led by Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and All-Southland honoree Kylie Hambleton in goal. The Bearkats’ netminder posted a 1.03 goals-against average and posted six shutouts. Sam Houston State also returns All-Southland Second Team forward Katie Ferrera who tallied a team-high four goals last year.
Thursday's match is FREE to the public. To learn more about Texas A&M Soccer, log on to AggieAthletics.com or follow @AggieSoccer on Twitter.