Illinois 2, Texas A&M 1

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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS -- No. 19 Illinois upset No. 7 Texas A&M, 2-1, in second round action of the NCAA Tournament in front of 1,098 fans at the Aggie Soccer Complex.

It was a tough game today, A&M head coach G Guerrieri stated. We got an early goal but were unable to capitalize on several other opportunitites and Illinois made the most of their chances in the second half.

Big 12 Rookie of the Year, Ashlee Pistorius (Normal, Ill.) scored her league-leading 19th goal of the season in the 19th minute when Amanda Burke (Spring, Texas) fed the ball to Madison Klovstad (Orange, Calif.), 30 yards out, who found Pistorius with a through ball in the top of the box. Pistorius put a touch on the ball before tucking it inside the left post giving the Aggies the early lead.

Illinois play in the second half made the difference in the game as Natasha Karniski and Andrea Ridgeway scored goals within 90 seconds of each other in the 67th and 69th minutes.

All totaled on the season, Texas A&M brought home two Big 12 Titles, five All-Big 12 honors, including Big 12 Rookie of the Year, six Big 12 All-Tournament team members and a national attendance record.

According to NCAA record books, the record for total annual home attendance for a womens soccer program was 38,350, set by North Carolina in 1999. However, UNC lists their attendance for that season at 18,995.

The Aggies surpassed both those marks as 39,069 fans came through the turnstiles in 2004 to set the national attendance marks. The Aggies also led the nation in average attendance throughout the season.

-- Courtesy Texas A&M