The No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, topping the No. 18 Texas Tech Red Raiders in a exciting penalty kick shootout, 4-3, after the two squads played to a 2-2 standoff through two overtime periods at Fetzer Field in North Carolina. The two teams were held to a 0-0 tie going into the first half of play. Coming out of the locker room, Tech quickly took their momentum to strike quickly.
Alli Murphy served a beautiful ball down the center of the field and found fellow Raider forward Briana Rohmer who spilt a pair of Aggie defenders. She had a one-on-one opportunity with goalie Jordan Day to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead with only 1:15 into the second half of play. The Aggies didn’t give up there. Annie Kunz knotted the tie in the 61st minute of play from a corner kick being knocked around in the penalty box area.
The Raiders then reclaimed the lead in the 75th minute of play with a goal by Janine Beckie, who took the ball around Day to blast into the back of the net. The Aggies season was being to diminish, when they took advantage of a set piece in the 84th minute. Allie Bailey served up the free kick that found Rachel Lenz’s head, which deflected off the crossbar. Shea Groom deflected the ball and sent into the back of the net for the equalizer. They finished in regular time with a 2-2 draw.
After 2 exhausting OT periods, the Aggies and Raiders took to penalty kicks to decide the game. The shooters for both sides were perfect in the first 2 rounds. Jordan Day stepped up in the third round to get a shot block from Jade Dapaah of the Red Raiders. Kristi Leonard of the Aggies followed with a successful attempt to give the Aggies a 3-2 advantage. In the fourth round, Tech’s Janine Beckie and A&M’s Rachel Lenz both made their shots in the 4th round. This set up Day to be the hero of the game. Day once again guessed the correct way and made a diving save of Alli Murphy’s shot to send the Aggies to their 12th Sweet Sixteen appearance.