Marquette Falls, 3-0, at No. 12 Texas A&M
Sept. 14, 2014
College Station, Texas--The Marquette University women's soccer team (2-5-1) fell at the hands of the No.12 Texas A&M Aggies 3-0 Sunday night in College Station.
Despite a career-high ten saves from junior goalkeeper Amanda Engel, the Golden Eagles were unable to hold off the persistent offensive attack employed by Texas A&M (6-1-1). The Aggies registered 24 shots, including 13 shots on goal, while Marquette compiled ten shots of its own, but just one on goal.
"We gave a great effort in a tough environment tonight," head coach Markus Roeders said. "Texas A&M is a legit top ten team and we battled them very well. This is a challenging place to play and for us to fight as hard as we did, miss a couple of chances and then get punished by a couple nice plays and finishes, we can't hang our heads too low. Tonight was a huge improvement over Thursday's game and definitely a stepping stone for the rest of our season. We are a young squad and are still learning. Unfortunately, the results and the schedule is not in our favor, but we are close. Coming home and playing at Valley Fields over the next two weekends is something to be excited about. We learned and got better tonight and can't fault our team one bid."
The first 45 minutes in College Station resulted in a 0-0 tie between the Golden Eagles and Aggies. Although the score was even at zero apiece, the Golden Eagles were outshot by a considerable margin at 13-3. Engel managed to keep A&M off the board in the first, deterring all six of the Aggies' six shots on goal.
The Aggies broke through in the 52nd minute when Allie Bailey beat Engel on a shot attempt from the left side of the pitch to score her second goal of the season. Leigh Edwards tacked on A&M's second goal of the match when she knocked in an unassisted goal from 25 yards out in the 63rd minute. Shea Groom then scored in the 81st minute on a penalty kick, and gave Texas A&M all it would need, scoring its third goal of the second half.
Junior Jacie Jermier had a good look on a free kick in the 82nd minute, but the Aggies were able to pick up the save to stop MU from getting on the board.
Marquette is now 0-3 all-time against Texas A&M.
The Blue and Gold return to action this Friday, Sept. 19, when they host Kansas at Valley Fields for a 7 p.m. Central time tilt. Friday's action against the Jayhawks marks the first of four-consecutive home contests for MU.
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