Friday, September 05, 2014

Texas A&M battles to 2-all tie against Arizona at Sun Devil Soccer Classic

The Texas Aggies tied the score late in the game to secure
a 2-all tie against Arizona in the Sun Devil Classic.
Photo by Mike Stockman-Copyright 2014-All Rights Reserved


By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

TEMPE, ARIZONA (September 5, 2014) The Texas A and M Aggies met the Arizona Wildcats for the first time in Women’s Soccer at the Sun Devil Classic Women’s Soccer Tournament on Friday, September 5. The Aggies entered the night with a 4-0 record and ranked sixth in the NCAA. That would change after two overtimes and a 2-all tie.

Texas Aggies head coach G Guerrieri stated in the post game press conference:
 “I was pleased with our fight. Arizona did what Arizona does very well. It’s hard to play against. They have some players who can kick the ball a really long way. They’re big and physical and they’re tough to play against. To come from behind twice, I was pleased with. It was unfortunate that we didn’t finish off the three break-away opportunities and we hit the woodwork numerous times. All-in-all, the players are disappointed we didn’t get the win in overtime, but the fight to come back and put ourselves in a position to win is something we can build on.”

The scoring started when Arizona’s Gabriela Stoian made an unassisted goal from the top of the box inside the far post in the 38th minute. The Aggies’ Bianca Brinson was able to sneak a goal when Annie Kunz made a quick pass in front of Arizona’s GK Gabby Kaufman during the 43rd minute.

In the 84th minute, Arizona was able to take a 2-1 lead when Hannah Stevens headed a goal off a kick from Stoian. As the final seconds began to wind down, Aggies’ Brinson scored her second goal, tying the game in the 90th minute.

Guerrieri commented:
“I was pleased with the way BB (Bianca Brinson) got herself into good positions. She had a couple good looks in front of goal. Annie (Kunz) and Shea (Groom) each had a couple good looks in front of goal. Allie (Bailey) had some solid opportunities late. We’ll finish these opportunities as we go along and I’m confident this game will help us improve going forward.”

Two overtime periods later and the game ended with a score of 2 – 2. The Aggies are now 4-0-1 for the season.
The Texas A&M Aggies next match is Sunday on PAC-12 Network against the Arizona State University Sun Devils. Game time is 4 p.m. EST.

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