A&M Soccer SEC Regular-Season Champs

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – On the night they highlighted their nine seniors, two of Texas A&M’s golden girls scored goals giving the Aggies a 2-1 win over Georgia at Ellis Field and their second consecutive SEC regular-season title.

The Maroon and White claimed their second SEC regular-crown and by besting second-place Florida by one point in the league standings, the Aggies can now cross winning an outright title in their new conference off the bucket list.

The Aggies thought senior Bianca Brinson put them on the board early in the contest. Ashlynn Harryman lofted a ball into the box from midfield and Brinson appeared to get a head on the ball simultaneously as Georgia netminder Louise Hogrell got her mitts on it, but Brinson was deemed to have fouled the keeper and the goal was disallowed.

After numerous near misses in the first 15 minutes of action, the Aggies finally busted out of the scoring cocoon with a goal by senior Allie Bailey. Following the secondary action on a free kick by Karlie Mueller, the ball found the head of Janae Cousineau at the left corner of the six-yard box and she knocked it to Bailey who sent it into the goal with a back heel for the early bird special in the 18th minute.

Although things got precarious, Hogrell and the Bulldogs’ backline was able to keep the Aggies from revving up the Gran Torino again before the end of the half. Hogrell made point blank saves on shots by Bailey and Brinson. Brinson immediately got another shot off, but it was snuffed out by Josie Roebuck on the endline.

A&M came seconds away from adding another goal right before the intermission. Bailey sent a corner kick in with 10 seconds on the clock. The initial attack melted, but Harryman gained control for the secondary attack. She launched a ball from 25 yards as the clock hit “00:01”, but time expired before it went over the head of the leaping Hogrell and into the net.

The Aggies owned the offensive stats in the first half, including 11-7 in shots, 6-1 shots-on-goal and 2-1 in corner kicks.

Two more A&M seniors worked in harmony on the trip to bountiful in the 52rd minute. Kelley Monogue corralled an errant Georgia pass 30 yards out and went on a charge towards the penalty box in the center of the pitch. She slipped a pass through two defenders to Shea Groom who unleashed a shot from near the penalty kick spot to the right of Hogrell for the 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs would not go gentle into that good night, string together a series of passes to score in the 68th minute. Gabby Seiler worked down the left side of the pitch and passed the ball to Marion Crowder near the end line inside the penalty box. Crowder chipped it to Laura Eddy eight yards out just left of center and she poked it into the right side netting to trim the A&M lead to 2-1.

Four days after missing out on a chance to secure the SEC title in a 2-2 draw against South Carolina, the Aggies wouldn’t let Walter slip back into Golden Pond as the Maroon and White owned possession for much of the last 20 minutes with freshmen Stephanie Malherbe and Mikaela Harvey milking the clock to send out the seniors with a title.

For the match, A&M owned the advantages in shots (19-14) and shots-on-goal (8-4) and the corner kick chances were even at 3-3.

In just her second start of the season, senior Jordan Day made three saves in goal to earn her 52nd career win.

With the win, the Aggies’ senior class owns a 68-18-7 record which currently is four wins shy of the school-record of 72 set by the 2002 class.

The win improved A&M’s record to 15-2-2, marking the 11th consecutive season the Aggies have reached the 15-win mark. The only two seasons the Maroon and White haven’t won 15 games is 1998 (14-8) and 2003 (13-6-3).

Texas A&M returns to action on Wednesday for quarterfinal action of the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama. The Aggies will play the winner of Monday’s first-round match between 8-seed Georgia and 9-seed Arkansas in a 5 pm contest on Wednesday.


Head Coach G Guerreri
On winning the SEC…
“That was a great game. Obviously, we are pretty excited. Any time you can win a championship in a conference, especially when you talk about a conference that is the SEC, is a really special night. Couldn’t be happier for the girls. I thought it was a great performance all the way around. Georgia came in and had a really good game plan. They scored a great goal to make it very interesting there at the end. All in all, I’m really excited for the kids.”

On the impact of the seniors…
“They were talking during the ceremony on how many of our players have played more games than anyone else in the country. I think Allie Bailey has the fourth most starts of anyone in the NCAA, and probably Meghan Streight has the most. That type of experience—experience of winning championships—is something we feel very good about going into the postseason. But, our freshmen have also stepped up. You saw a great performance tonight by Haley. You saw a great performance there at the end to kill the game off by (Stephanie) Malherbe, and Mikaela Harvey in the middle of the field was dynamite tonight.”

Senior Forward Allie Bailey
On scoring the opening goal…
“I felt like we were on them that whole first half. BB (Bianca Brinson) had a goal but they called it back, so we knew it was important to try to get that first goal and not let them score. Janae (Cousineau) flicked it into the box and I knew that it was going to go in front of the goalie. So, I just tried to get there and flick it in.”

Senior Midfielder Shea Groom
On scoring her goal…
“Kelley (Monogue) and I, for the last four years, have been able to work together and build some chemistry, and tonight was just a display of that. It’s really exciting. Kelley knows where I am at on the field, and she has given me hundreds of beautiful passes. I was lucky to get that one in tonight.”

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Cowboys Running Back Randle Charged With Theft

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been charged with
misdemeanor theft after being accused of stealing cologne and underwear from a
Dallas-area department store. Randle is heard in jailhouse video offering a
booking officer money for a massage. The officer turned down the offer. Randle
also asked if the arrest would be on the news.

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Mavs Thump Jazz

DALLAS (AP) _ Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks
celebrated the return of two key pieces from the franchise’s only championship
team in a 120-102 victory over the Utah Jazz in their home opener last night.
Tyson Chandler had 13 points and six rebounds in his first home game since
leaving in free agency not long after celebrating the crown. J.J. Barea had four

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Saints Knock Off Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ There’s a new leader atop the NFC South, and it’s the
4-4 New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees threw for one touchdown and ran for another
as the Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 to end a seven-game road
losing streak dating back to last November.

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Florida State Rally For Win

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Jameis (JAYM’-his) Winston threw three touchdowns to
offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to
help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville.
Florida State overcame a 21-0 deficit for its 24th straight victory to stay in
the national championship hunt.

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Lambo Nominated for Wuerffel Trophy

Texas A&M senior placekicker Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wisc.) was nominated for the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy, which is given annually to the college football player that “best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.”

Lambo, who will graduate this December with a double major in agricultural leadership and development and renewable natural resources, has emerged as one of the nation’s most accurate placekickers. Handling all of the Aggies’ field goal and extra point tries in 2014, Lambo has connected on 47-of-48 placekicks (7-of-8 on field goals and 40-of-40 on extra points) for a 98.0 success rate. Only five teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision have converted at a higher rate (100 percent by Duke (39-39), Florida State (45-45), Iowa State (32-32), Maryland (43-43) and Wake Forest (22-22).

Lambo came to Texas A&M as a non-scholarship student-athlete in 2012 after a professional soccer career. Since winning the starting job early in the 2013 season, Lambo has hit 15-of-18 three-point tries and 90-of-91 extra points. His streak of 90 successful extra points ranks No. 2 in school history behind only 2011 All-American Randy Bullock’s streak of 122.

An excellent student, Lambo carries a 3.8 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and his post-graduate study plans include ecosystem science and management. He was named to the Southeastern Conference Honor Roll in 2013-14 and a member of the Texas A&M Dean’s List in the Spring and Fall of 2013. Additionally, Lambo was named the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Student-Athlete of the Year in 2014.

Active in the community, Lambo has served as a volunteer coach at Iola Middle School, and has been serving as a speaker at church youth groups since 2008. He also volunteers to speak at Boy Scouts troop functions and is a regular visitor to hospitals to interact with young people.

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Romo A Game-time Decision

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Dallas owner Jerry Jones says quarterback Tony Romo’s
status could be a game-time decision against Arizona on Sunday as he is coming
off his third back injury in 18 months. Jones said on his radio show that Romo’s
injury would not end his season. The Cowboys have put linebacker Justin Durant
on season-ending injured reserve with a torn arm muscle suffered in Monday’s
loss to Washington.

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Giants Win Fall Classic

KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) _ Very few players have dominated a World Series in the
manner Madison Bumgarner just displayed in leading the San Francisco Giants to
their third championship in five years.

Bumgarner capped his MVP performance by giving up just two hits over five
shutout innings to close out the Giants’ 3-2 win over the Royals in Game 7 of
the Fall Classic in Kansas City. He gave up a single to Omar Infante
(ihn-FAHN’-tay) leading off the bottom of the fifth, then retired his next 14
batters to get within one out of the title.

Bumgarner’s streak ended when center fielder Gregor (GREG’-ohr) Blanco
misplayed Alex Gordon’s single to put the potential tying run on third base with
Salvador Perez coming up. Perez was hitting a team-high .348 in the series until
Bumgarner got him to pop up in foul territory, where Pablo Sandoval grabbed it
before falling backward onto the turf in celebration.

Sandoval was no slouch at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
Michael Morse had two RBIs, including the tiebreaking single in the fourth
inning. Hunter Pence had two hits to finish the series with a .444 average,
slightly better than Sandoval’s .429.

But there was no denying who earned the MVP trophy. Bumgarner’s five shutout
innings of relief came just three days after he tossed a four-hit shutout in the
Giants’ 5-0 victory in Game 5. He went 2-0 with a save and a 0.43 ERA, allowing
just nine hits in 21 innings against the Royals. The lefty is now 5-0 with a
microscopic 0.25 ERA in five career appearances in World Series play, allowing a
mere one run in 36 innings.

Winning pitcher Jeremy Affeldt tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Together, Affeldt and Bumgarner combined to limit the Royals to three hits in 7
1/3 innings. The win initially was credited to Bumgarner, but official scorers
reversed that decision after the game and gave the win to Affeldt, who was still
in the game when the Giants took the lead and had pitched effectively. .

Both starting pitchers were lifted early. Giants starter Tim Hudson was yanked
in the second, charged with two runs and three hits. The 39-year-old Hudson
became the oldest pitcher to start a Game 7 of a World Series. Losing pitcher
Jeremy Guthrie came out in the fourth, surrendering three runs and four hits in
3 1/3 innings.

It marks the first time the road team has won Game 7 of a World Series since
the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants had been 0-4 in deciding seventh games
of Fall Classics, losing in 2002, 1962, 1924 and 1912.

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A&M Wraps Up Fall Baseball With Omaha Cup

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Farmers pounced on the Plowboys for five runs in the top of the first inning and coasted to a 9-0 win to close out a three-game sweep of the Maroon and White Championship Series and claim the coveted Omaha Cup.

After Blake Allemand drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first inning, JB Moss tucked a ball inside the leftfield foul pole for a two-run home run. Boomer White followed with a single to rightfield and Logan Nottebrok plated him with a double down the leftfield line to stake the Farmers to a 3-0 lead. Nottebrok would come home to score when GR Hinsley reached on an error by the shortstop and a double to the gap in left centerfield by Patrick McLendon knocked in Hinsley for the final run of the inning.

The Farmers added two runs in the third on a two-run double by Hinsley and added a pair of runs in the sixth when Jonathan Moroney drew a bases-loaded walk and McLendon followed with a sacrifice fly for the 9-0 margin.

White led the Farmers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs. Hinsley batted 1-for-3 with three RBI. Moss and McLendon each knocked in two runs.

Turner Larkins picked up the win for the Farmers, pitching 4.2 scoreless frames, scattering two hits and four walks while striking out three. Jason Freeman blanked the Plowboys over the last 2.1 innings, fanning three of the eight batters he faced.

Over the three-game series, the Farmers batted .385 (37-for-96) led by Boomer White (.700), JB Moss (.600), Logan Nottebrok (.556) and Blake Allemand (.500) who all hit .500 or higher.

The Aggies are slated to start the 2015 campaign on Friday, February 13 when they host the Holy Cross Crusaders in a 6:35 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

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A&M Soccer has Shot at SEC Title Tonight

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – As has become a custom, the SEC regular-season title will come down to the final day with Texas A&M’s 7 pm match against the Georgia Bulldogs at Ellis Field on Thursday playing a pivotal role in deciding the titleholders.

The Aggies enter the regular-season finale with a one-point lead over Florida in the SEC standings. Florida hosts Vanderbilt in a 6 pm contest on Thursday. 

If Florida loses, the Aggies would win an outright SEC regular-season title regardless of the outcome of their match. If Florida ties, the Aggies would win an outright title with a win or a tie and A&M would share the title with a loss. If Florida wins, the Aggies need a win to capture an outright title and an A&M loss or tie would give the Gators an outright title. If the squads are tied for first place, Florida would receive the No. 1 seed at the SEC Tournament due to their win in the face-to-face matchup.

The Aggies are guaranteed they will finish the season with a winning record. A&M has finished with a winning record in all of its previous 21 seasons. The closest the Aggies have finished to the .500 mark is the 14-8 (.636) record they posted in 1998.

The Aggies are guaranteed they will finish the conference slate with a winning record. A&M has finished with a winning record in league play in all 18 of the previous years it was aligned with a conference. The closest the Aggies have finished to the .500 mark in league play is the 5-3-2 (.600) record they posted in Big 12 play in 2003. In 18 previous seasons of league action, A&M has finished first or second in the conference standings on 16 occasions with the other finishes coming in 1998 (3rd Big 12 – 7-2) and 2003 (5th Big 12 – 5-3-2).

Live stats for Thursday’s matches will be on 12thMan.com. The match will also have video streaming available to SEC Network subscribers via SEC Network Plus as part of the WatchESPN app and ESPN3.com. The match will be aired on RadioAggieland and 12thMan.com.

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In week 10, A&M is ranked No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, down one spot from a week ago. The Aggies are No. 9 in the Soccer America Top 25, No. 6 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25 and No. 8 in the BennettRank poll.

The Aggies were one minute away from securing a share of the SEC regular-season title, but South Carolina’s Stevi Parker found the back of the net with a low driving shot from 20 yards to tie the match at 2-2 in the beginning of the 90th minute. Neither team was able to score in overtime and the match ended in a draw. A&M got goals from Janae Cousineau in the 44th minute to tie the game at 1-1 and a go-ahead goal 13 seconds into the second half by Kelley Monogue.

With their 2-1 win over Kentucky, the Aggies notched their 200th win at Ellis Field. Texas A&M owns a 201-30-6 (.861) all-time record at Ellis Field (formerly Aggie Soccer Stadium). The Maroon and White have called the field home since the 1994 season, playing the inaugural 1993 season at Old Tiger Field. Since 2005, the Aggies have registered a 101-14-6 (.860) mark on the friendly pitch. Texas A&M is 208-30-6 (.865) all-time in College Station, going 7-0-0 in their one season at Old Tiger Field.

Season and individual tickets for the 2014 home season are now for sale. To purchase tickets, please contact the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at tickets.12thManFoundation.com, 979-845-2311 or toll free at 1-888-99-AGGIE. Tickets are also available in person beginning one hour before the match at Ellis Field.

With their 18-5-2 mark last season, the Aggies posted their 10th consecutive 15-win season dating back to 2004. In their first 21 seasons, the only two years the Aggies have not reached the 15-win plateau are 1998 (14-8) and 2003 (13-6-3). The school record for victories stands at 20, set in 2002 with a 20-5-1 mark.

Kelley Monogue currently ranks fifth on the Aggies’ career points list with 113. Against LSU, Monogue scored a goal to pass Kristen Strutz (104 – 2000-03) for fifth place on the list. She has a bit of work to do to catch Nicky Thrasher (140 – 1997-2001) for fourth place on the list. Ashlee Pistorius (2004-07) owns the school record with 194 points followed by Bryn Blalack (1994-197) with 192. During her healthiest campaign, Monogue logged 47 points as a freshman in 2011. Recovering from a knee injury in 2012, the McKinney, Texas native logged 20 points. Last season, she registered 17 points as she still felt the effects of the earlier ailment.

With her goal against Illinois State, Kelley Monogue became the fifth player in school history to log 40 career goals. She is now up to 46 goals at Texas A&M. The McKinney native trails only Ashlee Pistorius (81 – 2004-07), Bryn Blalack (79 – 1994-97), Nicky Thrasher (57 – 1997-2001) and Kristen Koop (55 – 1993-96). Monogue was A&M’s leading goal scorer as a freshman with 19 tallies in 2011. She added 10 in 2012 and six in 2013.

Shea Groom and Annie Kunz enter play with 37 career goals apiece, tied with Heather Ragsdale for seventh place on A&M’s all-time list. The next target on the list for the duo is Melissa Garey (2004-07) in sixth place with 39 goals. Kunz tallied 14 goals as a freshman and 13 as a sophomore. Hampered by an injury that held her out of four games and limited her to a reserve role most of the 2013 campaign, Kunz managed just five goals in 2013. Groom was limited by injury in her freshman campaign, with six goals in just 10 matches and added five as a sophomore, but she’s come on strong the last two seasons with 14 goals in 2013 and eight this year.

The Aggies are 2-0-0 all-time against the Bulldogs with both matches coming since A&M joined the SEC in 2012.

Both wins were narrow for the Aggies, winning a home match, in overtime, 1-0, in 2012 and posting a 2-1 win in Athens last season. Last year, Allie Bailey and Liz Keester took turn assisting the others scoring a goal with Keester scoring in the sixth minute and Bailey notching a goal in the 64th minute. 

Georgia enters Friday’s match with a 10-5-1 overall mark and sit in fifth place in the SEC with a 5-4-1 mark. The Bulldogs started the season 9-2-0, but Georgia has lost three of their last four matches, getting shutout in all three losses.

The Bulldogs non-conference wins came against UNC Greensboro (3-0), Cal State Fullerton (2-1 – ot), Houston (4-0), UCF (1-0) and Furman (4-0) and the loss came against Long Beach State (3-2). Georgia’s SEC wins came against Vanderbilt (3-1), South Carolina (1-0), Tennessee (2-1), Mississippi State (3-1) and LSU (2-0) with a draw against Ole Miss (1-1) and losses to Missouri (2-0), Alabama (2-0) and Kentucky (2-0).

Georgia has four players with double digits in the points column. Gabby Seiler leads the team with 26 points on nine goals and eight assists. Rachel Garcia has 14 points with four goals and six assists. Marion Crowder has tallied 13 with six goals and one assist. Kelsey Killean has 11 points with three goals and five assists.

Georgia has eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including three in the last six seasons. There best showing came in 1998 when the Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet 16. 

Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri ranks among the leaders in winning percentage and victories among active Division I coaches. With a career record of 386-120-29 (.749), he ranks fifth in victories and sixth in winning percentage (minimum five years as a Division I head coach). Guerrieri ranks sixth all-time among NCAA Division I coaches in victories, trailing North Carolina’s Anson Dorrance (775), Connecticut’s Len Tsantiris (521), Florida’s Becky Burleigh (430), Santa Clara’s Jerry Smith (420) and Randy Waldrum (400), who left Notre Dame in the off-season to become head coach of the Houston Dash of the NWSL.

The non-conference slate was one of the toughest on record for the Aggies. All eight opponents finished in the Top 100 in the final RPI last season, with Arizona being the lowest rated team at 83. Marquette (6), UCF (13), Stephen F Austin (51), Arizona State (60), Illinois State (66), Florida Gulf Coast (67), Dayton (70) and Arizona finished last season with an average RPI of 52 compared to last year’s eight non-conference opponents owning an average RPI of 101.

Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule was challenging with six of the eight opponents having won their league’s regular-season title in 2013. The Aggies went 6-0 against the champions, outscoring the crop, 17-5. The defending league champions on the non-conference slate included Dayton (Atlantic 10), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), UCF (The American), Illinois State (Missouri Valley), FGCU (Atlantic Sun) and Marquette (Big East). All six teams were selected to repeat as 2014 champions in their league’s respective preseason coaches’ polls. The two non-conference opponents who did not win conference titles last year are Arizona and Arizona State, who both finished in the middle of the powerhouse Pac 12 Conference that produced national champion UCLA.

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Royals Force Game 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals have stretched the World Series to the limit.

The Royals have forced a seventh game by erupting for seven runs in the second inning of a 10-0 rout of the San Francisco Giants. Eight Royals scored a run or drove in a run _ or did both _ during the rally. Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run single and Eric Hosmer added a two-run double before Billy Butler capped the barrage with an RBI double.

Cain went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Mike Moustakas was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Winning pitcher Yordano Ventura was outstanding over seven innings, giving up three hits and five walks with four strikeouts. Jason Frasor and Tim Collins each threw one inning of relief to complete the six-hitter.

Giants starter and loser Jake Peavy (PEE’-vee) was chased in the second, charged with five runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Jeremy Guthrie starts Wednesday night for Kansas City against Tim Hudson in a rematch of Game 3, won by Kansas City 3-2. The 39-year-old Hudson will become the oldest Game 7 starter in Series history.

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Texas A&M, Adidas Unveil 1939 Throwback Uniforms

Texas A&M University and adidas today unveil 1939 throwback uniforms the Aggies will wear for their home game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe on November 1 at Kyle Field.

The vintage-style uniform, helmet and cleats pay homage to the Aggies’ look during the 1939 National Championship season.  Texas A&M’s helmet, produced in concert with Hydro Graphics Inc. and Riddell, is dark maroon with a hydro film leather-like texture featuring wing and cross graphics created using high-resolution photographs of an actual helmet worn by the 1939 team. The helmet also features simulated stitching, wear-and-tear and raised ear protection painted by hand via HGI artists on each shell to further enhance the appearance of a vintage helmet.

Each helmet shell carries a stenciled AMC brand, referencing the “Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas” as Texas A&M was known in 1939, on the rear portion of the helmet just as the original version did 75 years ago. This brand signifies each helmet was custom-made for Texas A&M. More than six staff hours went in to create the unique appearance of each individual helmet.

The maroon TECHFIT jersey features a commemorative patch and that were inspired by those on the original 1939 Aggies’ uniform and feature individual rips and tears to signify wear and to enhance authenticity.  To complete the head-to-toe look, the Aggies will wear adidas cleats designed in a dark brown throwback style with a premium tumbled leather upper and metal eyelets.

Texas A&M’s new uniform incorporates TECHFIT Shockweb technology. The adidas TECHFIT Shockweb uniform is the only true compression uniform system in the industry. Shockweb fits tighter to the body, making players more difficult to tackle. TECHFIT Shockweb is lighter, helping to make the player fast and increasing his range of motion to support the athlete’s performance at the highest levels.

For more info on Texas A&M’s 1939 throwback uniform, please visit@AggieFootball, @adidasFballUS, www.facebook.com/AggieFootball andwww.facebook.com/adidasfootballUS. You can also follow the uniform conversation on Twitter at #teamadidas and #12thMan.

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Cowboys Fall to Redskins in OT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys have suffered their first loss since the season opener.

Kai Forbath hit a 40-yard field goal with 5:17 gone in overtime before Washington stopped the Cowboys on downs to complete a 20-17 victory at Dallas. Colt McCoy had another impressive showing since becoming the Redskins’ quarterback, completing 25 of 30 for 299 yards. He’s now 36 of 42 for 427 yards in six quarters since taking over for Kirk Cousins.

McCoy also ran for a seven-yard touchdown to cap an 80-yard drive that put Washington ahead 17-10 in the fourth quarter. But the Cowboys forced overtime with their own 80-yard drive as Branden Weeden hit Jason Witten for a 25-yard score with 9:27 left in regulation.

Weeden was 4 of 6 while filling in for Tony Romo, who was injured during a third-quarter sack and didn’t return until the final drive of regulation.

Romo was 17 of 28 for 209 yards and a touchdown.

Dallas scored just 17 points despite DeMarco Murray, who rolled up 221 total yards. Murray had 141 yards on 19 carries and also caught four passes for 80 yards.

Washington is 3-5 following its second straight win. The Cowboys are 6-2.

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A&M’s Nettles Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M freshman libero Amy Nettles has been named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for volleyball, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

It is the first conference honor for the San Antonio Churchill product, who posted back-to-back career highs and garnered match-high honors in digs in both matches last week while leading Texas A&M to victories against both Georgia and No. 16 Kentucky. Nettles also becomes the first A&M player to receive the weekly conference defensive accolade this season.

Against Georgia on Friday, Nettles made her fourth career start as a defensive specialist. After A&M dropped the first set, Nettles switched to the libero position for the remainder of the match and finished with a then-career-high 18 digs as the Aggies came back to defeat the Bulldogs, 3-2.

The performance led to her earning the starting libero role for the first time in her career in the following match against No. 16 Kentucky on Sunday. Nettles responded with a career-high 26 digs, the most digs by an A&M player in a four-set match this season, as the Aggies upset the Wildcats, 3-1. It marked the third consecutive match in which Nettles recorded double figures in digs and also set a career high.

Nettles tallied the most serve receptions on the team in both matches, and her pin-point passing and solid defensive play helped the Aggies to a .295 to .189 hitting percentage advantage in the upset over the Wildcats.

For the week, Nettles led A&M with 4.89 digs per set,  and she now leads the Aggies with 3.10 digs per set in SEC matches only.

Nettles and the Aggies (14-6, 6-3 SEC) hit the road this weekend, taking on Alabama on Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and facing Missouri on Sunday in Columbia, Mo. The match against the Crimson Tide begins at 7 p.m. at Foster Auditorium and will be broadcast on the SEC Network +. First serve against the Tigers is slated for 3 p.m. at the Hearnes Center, and the contest will be televised on the SEC Network.

Visit 12thMan.com for more information on Texas A&M volleyball. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M volleyball team on Facebook and on Twitter by following @AggieVolleyball.

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A&M/Aubunr to Kick at 2:30 p.m.

Texas A&M’s Nov. 8 game against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium will air nationally on CBS and kick at 2:30 p.m.

Full TV schedule for Saturday, Nov. 8:


Saturday, November 8:

SEC NETWORK                               11:00 CT              Presbyterian at Ole Miss        

ESPN                                                11:00 CT              Georgia at Kentucky

CBS                                           2:30 CT              Texas A&M at Auburn

SEC NETWORK                      3:00 CT              UT Martin at Miss. State

SEC NETWORK                     6:30 CT              Florida at Vanderbilt                                 

CBS                                            7:00 CT             Alabama at LSU

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Balanced Attack Lifts Aggies Past Kentucky

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 24 Texas A&M used a balanced offensive attack and solid defensive play in a stunning 25-22, 26-24, 17-25 25-16 victory over 16th-ranked Kentucky today at Reed Arena.A&M, which snapped a seven-match losing skid against the Wildcats, improves to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in Southeastern Conference matches with its third consecutive victory. Kentucky drops to 18-4, including 8-2 in SEC play.

Freshman opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor had a career-high 15 kills to lead a contingent of four Aggies who posted double-figure kills. A&M had five players reach double figures in digs, including freshman libero Amy Nettles who scooped up 26 digs, the most by an A&M player in a four-match set this season. Sophomore middle blocker Jazzmin Babers, who contributed 10 kills without an error, had a match-high seven blocks to lead the Aggies to a 12-6 advantage in blocking, and freshman setter Stephanie Aiple, who set A&M to a .295 to .189 advantage in hitting percentage, had her team-leading fifth double-double of the season, dishing out 50 assists and tallying 11 digs.

There were 10 ties in the opening set, and neither team held more than a two-point lead before A&M went on a 6-1 run to build a 20-17 cushion and take its first lead since 4-3. The Wildcats later got within 22-21, and A&M called a timeout. Reasor recorded her fifth kill of the set coming out of the timeout, but Kentucky countered with a kill to stay within a point. The Wildcats were whistled for reaching over the net on the ensuing play, putting A&M up 23-21. Aiple and junior middle blocker Shelby Sullivan then posted back-to back kills to close out the frame and snap a 10-set losing skid against the Wildcats. Nettles, the opening-set libero for the first time this season, finished with seven digs, and her passing was instrumental in leading the Aggies to a .500 to .255 advantage in hitting percentage in the set.

Kentucky was positioned to even the match at a set apiece as the Wildcats used a 4-0 run to equal their largest lead of the second set and were serving for the set at 24-21. Sullivan kept the Aggies alive with a kill and then teamed with junior outside hitter Angela Lowak for a block to put the Aggies within 24-23. Following a Kentucky timeout, the Wildcats thought they had clinched the set on an attack by Anni Thomasson, but the there was no touch called on the block and the ball sailed long, tying the score for the 15th time. After A&M had fought off three set points, the lead changed hands for the 10th time as Aggie sophomore outside hitter Emily Hardesty served an ace to put the Maroon and White at set point, 25-24. Sullivan then stuff blocked the Wildcats’ next attack, clinching the come-from-behind win that gave A&M a 2-0 lead in the match.

A&M spotted Kentucky a 4-0 lead to start the third set but came back to twice tie the score before the Wildcats exploded with a 13-2 run to take a 21-10 lead. A&M, which was outhit, .244 to .116 in the frame, later trailed 24-14 and fought off three set points before a kill by Shelby Workman secured the win for the Wildcats.  

Lowak and Company quickly put the third set behind them, and A&M would never trail for the remainder of the match after Lowak pounded down a Kentucky overpass to give the Aggies a 2-1 lead in the fourth set. A&M used an 8-2 run, which included two kills apiece by Reasor, Hardesty and Sullivan as well as an ace by Katelyn Labhart, to build a 14-6 lead. Kentucky was unable to get closer than seven points and trailed 22-14 when Lowak got a kill down the block. Kentucky answered with a kill, but Lowak came back with another kill to put A&M at match point. A&M had a service error on the next play, but Lowak was not to be denied, putting down her sixth kill of the set and her 14th kill of the match – one shy of her season high — to clinch the victory for the Aggies.

Labhart, a sophomore defensive specialist who drew the first start of her career, had 13 digs for the second consecutive match to tie her career high and help the Aggies to an 82-67 advantage in team digs. Lowak added 11 digs to complete her second double-double of the year, and Hardesty pitched in 14 digs.  

Sullivan finished with 11 kills, marking the fourth consecutive match she has reached double figures in kills.

Senior outside hitter Lauren O’Conner led the Wildcats with 19 kills, and libero Jackie Napper led the team in digs with 20.

A&M is on the road next weekend, taking on Alabama on Friday, Oct. 31 in Tuscaloosa and facing Missouri on Sunday, Nov. 2 in Columbia.

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Texas A&M post-match quotes:

Texas A&M Head Coach Laurie Corbelli


On the big win…

“This was a really important win for us. Not just for the volleyball world of rankings and position in the country, but for us as a team.  What we really wanted to achieve just never seemed to come together at the right time. I feel like the Arkansas loss really helped us. It’s too bad that it has to happen like that. But I truly believe losses, especially in the middle of the season, are a wake-up call. Not just losses but poor performances or squeaking by. I totally credit the team for this. They have worked so hard to identify what they needed to change. None of this has to do with volleyball, like passing, digging, blocking. They identified what they needed to change, they talked about how they could change it, and then they decided to put that into action. And that’s exactly what they did. I’m really proud to be their coach. The leadership the captains have shown. The composure and the maturity that they showed today was a huge step forward to us. The volleyball was a product of the things they’ve changed as a team.”

On going more to the outside this match…

“I think it was a combination of knowing that we have to trust everybody on our court. Our opponents know that we like to go to our middles. I just think everybody took it upon themselves to take their jobs and do what they know how to do and feel freedom to be able to do that. It was maturity; the team grew. They just knew they could execute. They know what they’re capable of, and they challenged themselves to get it done. I guess that’s as simple as I could put it.”

On transitioning from the third set to the fourth set…

“I liked the way we were going into this next set. It’s a momentum shift, set three after you are up 2-0. At this level it can be challenging. Subconsciously, you’re letting up and you don’t even realize it. It’s a crazy aspect of this kind of sport, and you play in sets. It was really important that we started to get rolling more with our offense. We started to get some tough serving at the end of set three. But with losing a set, it was so easy for them to just shrug it off. I almost looked forward to set four. ‘Let’s get this started. Let’s go!’ I can tell you I wasn’t worried at all. I think they knew what they were missing. We lost a little bit of that swagger, confidence and maturity. We kind of went backwards just for a moment, and they realized it. And then they jumped back into the mode they were in previously.”

On Kentucky senior Lauren O’Conner…

“She does an awesome job. It’s the last time we play her, not that I’m counting down. She does a beautiful job. For all the tools that she has, she’s been consistent throughout her career. She’s been a really mature, strong and compassionate competitor. I’ve really had nightmares coaching against her, so I’m glad her graduation is approaching. “



Texas A&M Angela Lowak

On her turnaround from Friday against Georgia…

“When I think about this win, I just think about what the coaches say. It was just an Aggie win. Everyone was involved off the court, on the court, our coaches. The communication was just so open and free, and that just allowed all of our players to perform to their potential. We really just enjoyed being out there.”

On Stephanie Aiple’s fast-tracked enthusiasm…

“We had talked about a lot of things we needed to change and improve upon on our team. We all knew that we wanted to execute those plans. This match wasn’t just about beating Kentucky. It was a huge win for our team, and I think Stephanie’s excitement came from that- just the desire to execute.”

On confidence in blocking coverage…

“Even if they don’t necessarily get it up, the effort and knowing that your team is behind back gives us a lot more confidence.  It’s instrumental to our success.”

Texas A&M Ashlie Reasor

On her high-kill performance this match…

“Honestly I wasn’t t even thinking about the block when I was hitting. I was just hitting and I knew that I could trust my teammates to cover me. The trust between me and Stephanie was good- always trusting the setter. You could tell we’ve done a 180 from Arkansas to this game. We’re just more of a team now. We love each other. It was a good win for us today.”

On her previous not-so-good performance against Kentucky…

“I know that I didn’t play my best, but that pumped me up a lot more for this game. I think I talk for all hitters: If you don’t have a good game and you play the same team again, you’re going to come back fighting. You’re going to come back even harder. That was my mindset for this game.”

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Aggies Pull Away in Fifth to Beat Georgia

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M middle blocker Jazzmin Babers had a career-high 17 kills while hitting .419 to lead the 24th-ranked Aggies to a 22-25, 25-21, 29-27, 22-25, 15-8 victory over Georgia tonight at Reed Arena.

Aggie junior middle blocker Shelby Sullivan, the SEC leader in hitting percentage in conference matches, pitched in 15 kills while hitting at a .324 clip as A&M improved to 13-6 overall and 5-3 in Southeastern Conference play. Freshman opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor also reached double figures in kills with 12. Freshman Stephanie Aiple set up the majority of the kills, tying her career high with 56 assists and also posting her fourth double-double of the season with 13 digs.

A total of five A&M players posted double-digit digs, and the Aggies tallied a season-high 92 as a team. Freshman Amy Nettles, who donned the libero jersey for the final four sets, led all players with a career-high 18 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Emily Hardesty scooped up 15 digs, and sophomore defensive specialist Katelyn Labhart added a career-high 13. Senior outside hitter Sydney Wilhelm came off the bench in the second set and finished the match with 11 digs.

Georgia got off to a quick start in the opening set, using a 9-0 run to jump out to a 10-3 lead. A&M, which was outhit .227 to .163 in the frame, chipped away and used a 7-1 surge to get within 15-13 but could get no closer. The Bulldogs held a 23-19 cushion when Sullivan posted a kill and Labhart followed with an ace, but Tirah Le’au countered with a kill to put Georgia at set point. Le’au hit long on the next play, but teammates Megan Spencer and Jasmine Eaton blocked an A&M attack to close out the set.

A&M, which entered the match 2-5 when dropping the first set, got its middles going in the second set, with Babers and Sullivan combining for 15 of A&M’s 19 kills and a .667 hitting percentage in the frame. The score was knotted at 8-8 when the Aggies used a 4-0 run to break away. A&M, which outhit the Bulldogs .410 to .256 in the set, later got back-to-back kills by Babers, and Nettles had a phenomenal play-saving dig during a long rally that ended with Georgia hitting long, giving the Aggies their largest lead at 17-12. Georgia later used a 3-0 run to get within 19-17 before Sullivan had four kills during a 5-1 A&M run that put the Aggies up, 24-18. Georgia fought off three set points before Babers clinched the win with her eighth kill of the set.

A&M came back from a six-point deficit in the third set and took its first lead at 22-21 as Reasor attacked the second ball for a kill. The Aggies went up 23-21 on a Georgia miscue, but the Bulldogs rallied for three unanswered point to be serving for the set. Reasor tooled the block to even the score, but Desiree McCray put Georgia at set point for the second time with a kill. Reasor countered with a kill and Georgia had another attack error which returned the lead to A&M and put the Aggies at set point. A&M, however, committed consecutive attack errors to put the Bulldogs at set point for the third time. Georgia hit out and then was whistled for being in the net to put A&M up 28-27. Georgia then committed another attack error as A&M escaped with the 29-27 win despite hitting .000 in the set.

There were 10 ties and five lead changes in the fourth set. Georgia equaled its largest lead at 13-9 before A&M scored five straight points, four courtesy of Bulldog attack errors. A&M then committed two attack errors during a 3-0 Georgia run that put the Bulldogs back in the lead, 16-14. A&M won five of the next six points to regain the lead 19-17, but Georgia had back-to-back kills to tie the score again. The teams then traded sideouts and were tied for the 10th time, 22-22, when A&M committed three consecutive errors to end the set.

A&M, which was playing its second consecutive five-setter, having defeated South Carolina, 3-2, on Sunday, never trailed in the final set. Leading 8-6, Reasor put down a Georgia overpass for a kill, and Labhart’s serve hit the tape and rolled over for an ace. Sullivan and Aiple then teamed for a block to put the Aggies up, 11-6. A&M served long on the next play but got the serve back on a kill by Sullivan. McCray swiped the net on the ensuing play while trying to attack a ball that Sullivan had popped up on a block attempt, giving the Aggies a 13-7 lead and forcing a Georgia timeout. A&M served wide coming out of the timeout before Wilhelm blasted a kill through the block to put the Aggies at match point. Aiple and Babers then teamed for a block to give the Aggies their sixth consecutive win against the Bulldogs.

It was a fitting end for Babers who not only was making the 50th consecutive start of her career, but also was for the first time playing in front of her father, Bowling Green head football coach Dino Babers, who made a surprise visit to College Station to see his daughter play in person for the first time in her collegiate career.

Le’au finished with 16 kills to lead Georgia, which falls to 10-10 overall, 2-6 in SEC matches and 0-4 against the Aggies in SEC matches.

The Aggies return to Reed Arena on Sunday for an early 11 a.m. meeting against 16th-ranked Kentucky. It is an “Aggies CAN” event, and fans who donate two canned food items will be admitted free. Sunday also is the “Take a Kid to the Match” promotion in which four kids get in free with the purchase of one regular-priced adult ticket.

The match will be televised on the SEC Network with Paul Sunderland and Nell Fortner calling the action.

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Texas A&M post-match quotes:

Texas A&M Head Coach Laurie Corbelli


On the team’s performance in the third set…

“We were battling point for point. We couldn’t slow down the right side. I don’t think teams have come with the right side at us as much as this team did. It took us a while to really get adjusted to that. To win that third set was absolutely critical. I thought we had opportunities to win that fourth set as well. We were up 21-19 and gave up a three or four-point run. They came out and took that fourth set from us. They really executed and we did not. I was excited the team got back out there in set five. It was a tight match-up, and then we scored a run of points. The team really got confidence and more determined. That’s what we’ve been working on in practice: finishing the game.”

On the momentum of the match…

“It definitely was who executed more persistently at the right time. I loved our fifth set. Our execution on side-out was perfect and really pretty. I think we found some players that were really on tonight. I am really proud of Amy Nettles coming in and doing some awesome things on defense and on her passing. That’s really what we needed a steady out. I thought it was very difficult for them to figure out how to stop Jazzmin Babers. I was really proud of the night that she had as well.”

On Amy Nettles playing libero…

“I needed to try different things and to study our passing. Amy’s passing numbers have been really high in practice, very consistent. I just decided that is what the team needed. We needed to find some way to steady it out.”

On going five sets…

They have some key returners and some senior leadership. The outside hitter is a senior, one of their middles in a senior, I think, and their right side. I kind of knew that they developed some teamness or team trust. It’s the group that they always play with, and they play with a 6-2. I knew they were going to be tough, because they are relativity consistent with what they do. I knew that their middles were also potentially dangerous. I really wasn’t sure what to expect tonight. I felt like our last time out at home, we struggled with kind of a slow start. When I saw the slow start happening again, I was kind of concerned and puzzled. Not sure what we need to change in preparation. I was pretty confused. I do know that we have a lot of new players in our program that are on the court. I looked out there at one point and four of them are brand new to our court as of August. Things are going to happen that are maybe just still getting to know each other. Still getting to know each other’s moves and each other’s tendencies, each other’s emotions on the court; everything. I understand that to an extent, I would just like to see it smooth out sooner than later.

On the substitutions…

I was trying to find a spark, tried to find execution, tried to find someone that looked like their normal selves, other than Jazzmin Babers. I just didn’t see our team out there. I saw hesitation and questioning. It was just something I had to do…and get to look for someone that was going to go in fearless and execute. We have been waiting for opportunities to get some of these kids on the floor. Lately we have been seeing those opportunities that have been perfect and they have gone in and done super jobs.

On Sunday’s match up against Kentucky…

“I’m really looking forward to it. The last three times every set has been a two-point win by them. It’s another opportunity for us to get that off our backs and search ahead. We really need it. We’re really ready for it. I’m excited to have them be here and see how the team responds.”


Texas A&M redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jazzmin Babers:


On getting off to a slow start

“I don’t think we had a major problem the first set; it’s just us getting into the rhythm. Once we played one set we are all hot and ready to go. Amy [Nettles] brought great passes, which definitely helped for setting middles. I think it’s more getting ready and deciding we actually want to play.

On the blocking…

“We talked about blocking in the intermission, but they just had really good coverage. We were blocking them on their side of the net, but they were just picking them up, so we just had to press a little bit farther and get there a little bit sooner so it would actually go down harder.”

Texas A&M freshman defensive specialist/libero Amy Nettles:


On bringing energy to the court…

“I just brought energy. Everyone knew what they had to do. I didn’t have to do anything extra. Everybody just executed their job better and it just worked out for everyone else.”

On Sydney Wilhelm’s play…

“Sydney is small, she knows that and she is fearless. It’s contagious. If she goes up digging balls all over the place, and hitting balls, just being aggressive, it transforms everyone. Everyone just wants to give that little extra thing that she is doing.”

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A&M Brings Home Bacon with 2-1 Win at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – The Texas A&M Aggies put the Razorbacks through the meat grinder to earn a hard-fought 2-1 win against Arkansas on Friday, maintaining their three-point advantage in the SEC standings.

Texas A&M improved to 14-2-1 overall and 8-1-0 in the SEC. The victory gave A&M 24 points and the Aggies lead Florida (21 pts – 7-2-0) with two matches remaining every squad in the league. The only other team in the hunt is Kentucky who is six points back (18 pts – 6-3-0).

After 60 minutes of hard work on the offensive end, the Aggies were finally able to blow the Razorbacks’ house down with a goal by Janae Cousineau. It marked the fifth consecutive contest for Cousineau putting the biscuit in the basket.

Bianca Brinson did most of the work setting up the goal. First she outran an Arkansas defender to get the ball on the right flank and sprinted to the endline where she used brilliant footwork to elude the defensive web and get into the penalty box. Brinson found Cousineau 25 yards out in the middle of the pitch and the junior thumped a shot over the top of a leaping Razorback goalkeeper, Cameron Carter, to give A&M the 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute.

Annie Kunz put the pigs in the blanket in the 71st minute. The senior worked her way across the top of the box from right to left and beat a defender to get a clear shot from 18 yards. Kunz sent a hard roller that went through Carter’s wickets for the insurance goal.

Lindsey Mayo went to the market for the Razorbacks, as Arkansas, who scored on three corner kicks against A&M in 2013, converted on another in the 85th minute. Tyler sent the ball in from the left arc to Ashleigh Ellenwood who knocked the ball to Mayo in the 6-yard box and Mayo sent it into the top netting to cut the lead to 2-1.

A&M successfully kept the Razorbacks from building a meaningful attack in the last 5:37 to secure the victory.

The Maroon and White owned margins in shots (19-11) and shots-on-goal (10-6) for the match, but the Razorbacks held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.

The Aggies were unable to put the sausage in the casing in the first half despite owning the advantages in shots (10-6) and shots-on-goal (5-3). Allie Bailey had a pair of shots at point blank range snuffed out by Carter after the keeper was unable to secure a cross by Brinson. Kelley Monogue and Shea Groom also sent in solid first half shots that sent Carter to the deck for saves.

Making her first start of the season, Jordan Day made five saves to pick up the win, coming up minutes shy of her 30th career shutout.

The Aggies return to action on Sunday when they host the South Carolina Gamecocks in a 4 pm contest at Ellis Field.


Head Coach G Guerrieri
On a key road win…
“Winning on the road is always a big part of winning any championship. To go into places that are hard to play in against teams that are difficult to play against, especially here in Fayetteville, makes this a win that we’re very pleased to get.”

On getting offense from Janae Cousineau…
“When people see us, they initially think ‘They have three big-time scorers in Shea (Groom), Kelley (Monogue) and Annie (Kunz). Kunz gets the game-winner again tonight, but we have much more than that. We have Allie (Bailey) and B.B. (Bianca Brinson) who score with regularity. And Meghan (Streight), Karlie (Mueller), Leigh (Edwards) can all give us offensive production and tonight Janae scored again. That’s five in matches in a row. It couldn’t happen to a better player for how hard she plays and all the mileage she puts in for every match.”

On having a chance to win the conference title on Sunday…
“We haven’t really been thinking about the South Carolina game. Now that we have this out of the way we can turn our attention to them. Last year, we were able to win the title at home and that was a great experience to be surrounded by the 12th Man. But we know South Carolina is going to come in with a great game plan and they certainly aren’t going to make it easy on us.

On Jordan Day making her first start of the season…
“We are 17 games into the season and finally Jordan is in in a big way. I think she made a couple of nice saves. I don’t think you can put the goal on her. It was just the chaos that Arkansas creates on set pieces and corner kicks. Renée (McDermott) has been playing great all season, but this was a match that was built for Jordan’s play with all of the way Arkansas plays with kicking the ball long and trying to create corner kick chances.”

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No. 8 Aggie Soccer Tonight on Zone HD 95.1-3.

The 8th ranked Texas A&M Women’s Soccer team hosts Arkansas tonight at 7 o’clock at Ellis Field. Coverage will be on The Zone HD 95.1-3.

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A&M Clemson Agree to Home-And-Home Football Series

COLLEGE STATION—Texas A&M University and Clemson University have agreed to a home-and-home football series in 2018 and 2019.

Texas A&M will host Clemson Sept. 8, 2018 before playing the Tigers at Clemson, South Carolina, Sept. 7, 2019.

“We are excited to play the Clemson Tigers, who have been on Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule previously,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said. “As a fellow land-grant institution, Clemson is very similar to Texas A&M with a great football tradition and passionate fans. This will be a great non-conference series for both schools.”

“We are looking forward to playing Texas A&M as the two schools share a rich military heritage and of course passionate fan bases,” said Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich.  “We know our fans make Clemson a great game day experience and the Aggie fans make Kyle field also one of the great venues in all of college football.”

The previously announced home-and-home series between Texas A&M and Oregon is not going to be played at this time.

“Our goal is to play seven home games at Kyle Field each season,” Hyman explained. “Playing at Oregon in 2018, combined with the Arkansas game in Arlington, would leave us with only six home games that season. In even numbered years such as 2018, we only have three SEC home dates as long as we continue to play Arkansas in Arlington.”

Texas A&M and Arkansas agreed to play a non-conference series at AT&T Stadium in Arlington when the Aggies were in the Big 12 and the Razorbacks were in the SEC. Now that Texas A&M and Arkansas both play in the SEC and that game is a conference contest, Texas A&M is the designated home team in even years and the road team in odd years.

Texas A&M offered to switch the home-and-home dates with Oregon on the original contract, but Oregon faces the same situation with only four Pac-12 home games in even years with five on the road.

The Aggies lead the all-time series with Clemson, 3-1, but the Tigers won the last meeting in 2005, a 25-24 decision played at Clemson. The Aggies defeated Clemson, 27-6, in the last meeting at Kyle Field in 2004.

This continues the non-conference scheduling philosophy at Texas A&M. The Aggies will face Arizona State in 2015 to open the season in Houston followed by a home-and-home series with UCLA in 2016 and 2017. A home-and-home series with Notre Dame in 2024 and 2025 has also been announced.

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