KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies dropped a 3-0 decision to the No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers in NCAA Division I Championship third round action Sunday evening at Regal Soccer Stadium.
The Aggies wrapped up the 2018 campaign with a 17-5-1 record. They earned their 24th consecutive NCAA Division I Championship bid, made their 21st consecutive NCAA Championship second round appearance and earned the program’s 15th Sweet 16.
The final score belied the evenness of play on the pitch. Texas A&M owned the edge in shots (15-13), shots-on-goal (8-5) and corner kicks (3-1), but Tennessee’s Shae Yanez made a career-high eight saves to record the shutout.
The Volunteers scored goals in the first three minutes of each half to make the Maroon & White play catchup for most of the match.
Tennessee went into the intermission with a 1-0 lead thanks to four saves Yanez. After 45 minutes of action, shots were even at 6-6, but Texas A&M held a 4-2 advantage in shots-on-goal and a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.
In the 26th minute, the Aggies were able to slip Ally Watt through the Volunteers’ backline, but her shot from 10 yards was stonewalled by Yanez with a diving punch at the right post. Yanez also made a diving save on a Bates missile in the seventh minute and gobbled up shots by Bates and Cienna Arrieta in the waning moments of the first half.
After the Tennessee’s 47th minute goal, Texas A&M was able to put four shots on frame, but could not put in an ice breaker as the Volunteers’ lead went unthreatened.
3’ – Bunny Shaw sent the ball to Meghan Flynn charging to the end line on the inside left channel. Flynn knocked a cross to Danielle Marcano on the left side of the six-yard box and she chipped a shot over the keeper into the right side netting. UT 1, A&M 0.
47’ – The Volunteers struck early in the second half with Marcano notching her second goal of the game. Shaw sent a ball into the penalty box from the right flank. McKinley Burkett made a flick pass to Marcano racing towards the penalty spot where she shot for the insurance goal. UT 2, A&M 0.
68’ – Tennessee tacked on a final goal with a header by Jordan Salera on a cross from the left side. UT 3, A&M 0.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach G Guerrieri
“Obviously we’re disappointed in the result, but Tennessee scored three great goals. Their goalkeeper was the difference in the match. We had most of the possession, we had more shots on goal, more chances, but Shae (Yanez) made three fantastic saves, and that’s what it takes. Congratulations to them. They’re a really solid team, I hope that they go out and can take care of Stanford. They will represent the SEC well, I know. I’m disappointed it’s not going to be us again this time, but really happy for the Vols and what they’ll be able to do next week after Thanksgiving.”
On the seniors going out...
“This has been a terrific senior class. I could go through the whole class individually and say so much about all of them, but I won’t because we’d be here all night. It is a class that excels in the classroom. It is a class that has excelled and helped us win championships on the field, to make four runs through the NCAA championship during their career. They leave the program on stable footing as we move forward and continue to step up our program.”