SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The No. 12 Texas A&M soccer team (1-1) dropped a 1-0 decision at San Diego (1-2), Wednesday at Torero Stadium.
“Obviously we’re disappointed,” head coach G Guerrieri said. “We didn’t put in the kind of effort we needed. Even though we outshoot them 10-2, we take 10 shots and we only get two on goal, which is unacceptable.
“I thought that San Diego played harder than we did, especially in the middle part and it paid off for them. They were able to keep us off balance. They get the one break; I think they took their first shot just a minute before they took their second shot. We didn’t pick it up until we went down a goal and that’s unacceptable from our side. It’s something that we’ve got to correct internally immediately.”
The Toreros controlled the run of play for much of the first half but the Aggie defense had a bold showing, allowing no shots in the first 45 minutes, despite four corner kicks by USD.
The Aggies left the half with two shots, including one on frame. In the 31st minute, sophomore Katie Perry fired at 22 yards from goal and forced a save by Torero goalkeeper McKenna Tollack.
A corner kick by redshirt junior Jayne Eadie in the ninth minute set up another scoring opportunity when the ball was passed around the attacking third before Eadie again collected the ball and sent a shot high from the top of the 18 yard box.
The teams entered the half in a scoreless draw and the Aggies leading in shots, 2-0.
In the 71st minute, sophomore Allie Bailey headed a pass toward goal from the six yard box and the shot was blocked.
The Toreros’ first shot of the match came with just over 12 minutes left in regulation, and flew wide of the frame. Only one minute later in the 79th minute, USD netted the lone goal with a shot by Emily Dillon. Lexi Deol sent Dillon a long ball that she then controlled through the A&M defense and went one-on-one with Aggie goalkeeper Jordan Day before taking a shot just outside the six yard box. USD never got another look at the goal.
The Aggies got down to business in the final 10 minutes of the match on the heels of a Shea Groom shot from the 18 yard box that forced a save. Soon after, sophomore Annie Kunz entered the match and led the offense.
Eadie took a pair of corner kicks in the 81st minute and placed a ball perfectly in the box that junior Rachel Lenz headed wide.
With four minutes left in regulation, Groom dribbled toward the right corner of the pitch and slotted a ball to sophomore Kelley Monogue in the six yard box. Monogue juggled the ball high before Kunz headed a shot that was blocked.
Kunz played another header just a minute later that went wide to the far side of the goalmouth off of another corner kick by Eadie.
Sophomore Meghan Streight added to the excitement in the Aggie attacking third with a shot that went wide with just 1:00 left in the match. Kunz took one last shot, which was blocked, in the final thirty seconds of the match.
A&M’s late offensive surge brought the final shot count to 10-2 and the shots-on-goal count to 2-1 in the Aggies’ favor, but it wasn’t enough and the Aggies’ game count evened to 1-1 with the loss to the Toreros.
“The question we have is if we can take that many shots at the end of the game, why can’t we put that kind of passion and hard work into the full 90 minutes? I think that San Diego did a good job of that. They played with a lot of heart. They played with a lot of emotion and played great. They deserved it and we didn’t deserve it and that’s the way the game goes.”
The Aggies return to College Station Saturday to take on UTSA in the A&M soccer home opener and the annual Fish Camp Game. The match is set for a 7 p.m. CST start. To learn more about Texas A&M soccer, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoccer on Twitter.