UTSA Opens Conference Play with 1-1 Tie on Friday Night

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SAN ANTONIO- Sophomore Liv Nyhegn put UTSA on top early in the second half, but Seattle rallied for the equalizer and the teams battled to a 1-1 tie on Friday night in a rainy Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opener for both squads.

After a scoreless opening stanza, the Roadrunners (1-7-1, 0-0-1 WAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute when Nyhegn scored off a rebound near the goal. Junior Anka Grotle started the play with a shot that bounced off the crossbar before Nyhegn popped the ball over the head of goalkeeper Brianna Smallidge and into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
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As UT Stumbles, Aggies Remain Premier Program in State

You’ll forgive Texas A&M women’s soccer coach G Guerrieri if he seems a little removed from the hubbub surrounding the move of the Aggie athletics programs to the SEC.  No doubt, Guerrieri faces the same challenges of learning new opponents, managing increased travel and defending his recruiting turf as any A&M coach.  However, you’ll forgive him if he makes this transition from a slightly different perspective than his colleagues in College Station.  While the A&M athletic department fled the Big 12 in hopes of shedding its little brother image and stepping out of the shadow of the Burnt Orange leviathan that is Longhorn athletics, Guerrieri and his A&M women’s soccer program was approaching two decades of continuous soccer dominance over UT.  On the football field, Aggie may have been little brother, but on the soccer pitch, A&M wasn’t just the older sister – they were Big Momma.  No matter what the Longhorns tried, A&M women’s soccer just gave them the back of the hand, usually flush across the cheek.

Make no mistake.  Guerrieri and the Aggie women’s soccer team have owned UT since the the inception of the program.  While the Aggie football team suffered the indignity of losing the last planned meeting with the Longhorns on its home field, the  Aggie soccer team heaped the same fate, but more convincingly, on the Horns, drubbing UT 3-0 at Mike Myers stadium on October 28, 2011.  There were no wild celebrations or overly dramatic pronouncements of the significance of this “final” meeting between the schools.  It was just another notch in the Aggie belt.  Since UT began varsity level soccer in 1994, the Aggies hold a 18-5-2 all time record over the Horns. This head to head advantage exists in every aspect between the programs:  conference championships, All-Americans, NCAA playoff success.  It’s not a fluke.  It’s not a blip.  It’s almost two decades of complete dominance.  The contrast may be more sharp this year than ever.  A&M is edging toward a Top 10 ranking once again, while UT has fallen to a 2-6 record against mediocre competition.

But the question is why.  Why, with all the resources and reputation on the 40 Acres, has A&M so thoroughly established itself as the premier women’s soccer program in Texas?
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Longhorns Swept in Utah, Fall to 2-6 on Season

Utes Deal Struggling Horns 1-0 Road Loss; Follows 5-0 Defeat to BYU

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – After a scoreless first half, Utah’s Jill Robison struck for a goal at 55:30 off an assist from Katie Taylor to lift the Utes to a 1-0 victory over Texas at Ute Field on Saturday afternoon. Robison lobbed the ball over the outstretched arms of Texas sophomore goalkeeper Ava Vogel for the score.

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#14 A&M Women Down #16 Long Beach State

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – With another Friday night came another win over a nationally ranked team at Ellis Field for the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies as the Maroon and White triumphed over the No. 16 Long Beach State 49ers, 3-0.

One week after thumping then-No. 16 Rutgers, 4-1, Texas A&M once again imposed its will and dispatched of a quality opponent in impressive fashion. This time it was in front of 1,996 fans in a nationally televised game on FOX Soccer Channel.

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Trinity Men in Familiar Spot – #1

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September 4, 2012

San Antonio – After starting off the 2012 season undefeated, the Tiger men’s soccer team has moved up to the top spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III rankings.

Trinity (3-0-0) opened the season with a 4-1 win over ninth-ranked University of Texas-Tyler on Friday night, avenging last season’s loss to the Patriots in the NCAA Playoffs.  The Tigers then recorded a 4-0 shutout victory over Mississippi College on Sunday, followed by a thrilling Labor Day win over Willamette.  Trinity needed overtime to hold on to a 3-2 victory in the final game of a busy opening weekend.

Brian Hines has scored three goals and two assists in the first two games, while Yuri Ribeiro has two goals and two assists.  Hines has knocked in two game-winners in the first three contests.  Goalkeeper Matt Cardone has picked up two of the team’s three wins, including a shutout in his second outing of the season on Sunday.

Trinity will face off against the University of Texas-Dallas and Hardin-Simmons University this weekend.  The games will be Friday and Saturday nights, and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Head Coach Paul McGinlay is in the midst of his 22nd season with the Tigers, having racked up more than 350 wins in his career.  His .831 winning percentage is the highest among any active coaches in Division III, and he ranks fifth among all coaches in winning percentage.