Aggies Oust SFA 1-0, Move on in NCAA Tourney

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Annie Kunz scored the game’s lone goal and the Texas A&M defense logged its 14th shutout of the season as the No. 15 Aggies defeated Stephen F. Austin, 1-0, in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship first round action at Ellis Field on Friday evening.

With the win, Texas A&M improved to 18-4-1 overall and the Aggies will advance to the second round to play the winner of Saturday’s match between Oakland and Ohio State. The second round game will be played next Friday in Tallahassee, Fla.

SFA’s best season in program history came to a close with a 17-4-0 mark. The 17 wins are a program best.

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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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#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 timeĀ it was in front of 1,996 fans in a nationally televised game on FOX Soccer Channel.

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Overtime Loss to UNM Drops Texas to 2-4-0 on Season

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Sept. 2, 2012

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AUSTIN, Texas – The first career goal by sophomore Sharis Lachappelle was not enough to lift Texas over New Mexico on Sunday afternoon inside Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field. The 2-1 loss came in heartbreaking fashion as Lobos’ senior Jordan Craig scored the equalizer in the 90th minute and the winner in the 104th minute of the second overtime period.

The Longhorns scored the contest’s first goal at 9:35. The match’s second shot turned into Lachappelle’s first career tally, as a New Mexico foul gave Texas a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. Senior Kristin Cummins took the kick and her ball was headed past Lobo goalkeeper Kelli Cornell by Lachappelle.

Neither team managed another shot until the 25:37 mark, when senior Hannah Higgins’ attempt was saved by Cornell. The Lobos (2-3-1) countered with shots by Natalie Jenks and Lauren Irwin, but the first was blocked and the latter sailed wide left.

Texas sophomore goalkeeper Ava Vogel tallied her first save of the match at 31:18, when she stopped an Ashley Espinosa strike.

In the second half, Higgins nearly put the Longhorns up by two goals. She weaved her way through the defense and took a left-footed shot at 53:31, but it missed high. Two minutes later, Jenks had a chance to tie the match, but her shot also went high.

The Longhorns had another opportunity to increase the lead at 74:06 when freshman Lindsey Meyer’s header off a corner kick rolled just wide right of the frame. New Mexico would not relent and continued to pressure the Longhorns’ defense until the last moment. The continued effort led to a tie with a last-gasp goal in the 90th minute by Craig to send the game to overtime.

During the first overtime period, Texas had four shots but was not able to cash in. New Mexico nearly scored off of a header by Stephanie Rowe in the 100th minute but did not convert.

The Longhorns once again controlled the pace in the second overtime period, but it was the Lobos scoring the game winner. Coming off of a turnover in the midfield, junior Lobo defender Liz Nare passed to an open Craig, who scored her second goal of the match at 103:29.

UT (2-4-0) returns to action Thursday evening at BYU (4-1-0) for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Game of the Week, televised by FOX Soccer. The contest against the Cougars will start at 8 p.m. Central.

Post-Match Notes
– Two of Texas’ first five home matches have gone into overtime.
– The Longhorns had not played an overtime match at home since Oct. 29, 2010, prior to the season opener against Dayton, which went into one overtime period.
– UT took 14 shots to New Mexico’s 10. It is the fifth time this season the Longhorns have outshot their opponent.
– Junior Brenda Saucedo made her first career start. Entering the season, she had played in just five total matches. Already this season, she has appeared in six.
– Senior Kristin Cummins’ two assists this season match her career total entering the campaign. She tallied one as a freshman and one as a sophomore.
– Sophomore Sharis Lachappelle’s goal was the first of her Texas career after playing at the University of Houston in 2011.