The Maroon-and-White saw their season come to an end with a 2-0 loss to the 5th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. The third round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship was on Sunday at Fetzer Field. North Carolina has always been a powerhouse in women’s soccer and they showed their strength against a very talented and exciting A&M squad.
The Tar Heels drew the first cut in only the third minute of the match. Summer Green of UNC drilled a bomb from 20 yards out, that deflected off an Aggie defender past Jordan Day to give Green her 8th goal of the season. The Aggies had multiple chances to get the tie, but were unable to get the ball into the back of the goal. North Carolina had a huge offensive advantage in first half stats, which included 10-4 in shots, 3-1 on shots-on-goal and 6-2 corner kicks.
After halftime, the Tar Heels took advantage of a penalty kick opportunity as Green drove a shot that bounced off an Aggie defender’s hand. The referee called for a hand-ball and Green was given the penalty kick. She made it look easy, putting it in the corner past Day to make the score 2-0. The Aggies most promising attempt of the match was when Shea Groom had a one-on-one with the Tar Heel goalie, Anna Sieloff. With Sieloff charging outside of her box, Groom chipped the ball towards the goal but was taken out by Sieloff before she could continue her run. After a conversational call by the referee, Sieloff only received a yellow card.
Time ran out for the Lady Aggies to get back into the game resulting in their loss and end of their season. The final overall record for the Aggies was 18-5-2. They fought a hard battle and their season is nowhere near being unfulfilled. They claimed a share of the SEC regular-season title and won the SEC Tournament crown in Orange Beach. The success of the Lady Aggie soccer program continued as they made their 19th consecutive appearance, moved on to the second round for the 16th consecutive time and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the 12th time in the school’s history. I look forward to seeing what the Aggies have up their sleeves next year. Gig ‘Em!