COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s soccer team (2-1) rewarded 4,334 fans at the annual Fish Camp Match with a 2-0 win over the UTSA Roadrunners at Ellis Field on Saturday evening.
The Aggies capitalized on goals by Annie Kunz and Meghan Streight and a shutout in goal by Jordan Day to triumph in their home opener.
Texas A&M (2-1) owned a 24-8 edge in shots and a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks on the evening. The margin may have been wider in favor of the Aggies if four of their shots had not found the crossbars.
The Aggies looked as though they would come away empty-handed in the first half despite owning wide margins in shots (14-2) and corner kicks (3-0), but lightning struck with 18 seconds left until the intermission to give Texas A&M a 1-0 advantage.
Kunz collected a feed inside the penalty box and took a shot from eight yards out. UTSA netminder Katarina Pus thwarted the shot, but the ball trickled back to Kunz who had continued her charge and put the carom into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
The first 12 minutes of action was uneventful with both squads feeling each other out. Both teams sent long balls into the box, but they were collected by the respective keepers to no avail.
Texas A&M had the first two threats of the game. In the 13th and 15th minutes of action, Jayne Eadie and Allie Bailey sent shots goalward, but Pus made a pair of saves to keep the Aggies off the board.
The Aggies added three more shots, all wide, before UTSA made its first serious threat of the game.
In the 25th minute Maria Jose Rojas took a shot in the goal area which was deflected by Texas A&M netminder Jordan Day. The ricochet was headed towards the mouth of the goal, but hustling Aggie defender Lyndsey Gnatzig sent the ball to safety with a bicycle kick.
The defensive save by Gnatzig appeared to focus the Aggies for the rest of the first half as Texas A&M outshot UTSA 8-1 in the 20 minutes heading into the intermission with the final shot of the stanza breaking the scoring seal.
The Maroon and White capitalized on a set piece early in the second half to inflate the cushion to 2-0. Chelsea Jones took a corner kick from the left corner arc. She sent the ball to the near post where it found the head of a crashing Streight and rebounded to the back of the net for the insurance goal.
Texas A&M kept the offensive pressure going down the stretch but blasts by Kunz and Kelley Monogue found the posts leaving the Aggies lead at 2-0.
Eadie launched five shots for the Aggies with two on goal. Kunz, Streight and Bianca Brinson tallied four goals apiece with Kunz putting three on frame.
Maria Jose Rojas was the lone Roadrunner to manage more than one shot. She registered three with two shots on goal.
Day (2-1) registered her first shutout of the season with four saves. She was aggressive in the box squelching a handful of Roadrunner attacks by pouncing on long balls into the box.
Pus (0-3) went the distance in goal for UTSA with seven saves.
The Aggies return to action on Friday, Aug. 31 as they host Rutgers in a 7 p.m. contest at Ellis Field.