Sophomore trio leads No. 17 Texas A&M past No. 16 Rutgers 4-1
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- With a blue moon in the sky and the Scarlet Knights on the pitch, the Maroon and White prevailed as No. 17 Texas A&M posted a 4-1 win against No. 16 Rutgers at Ellis Field on Friday evening.
Rutgers (4-1) drew first blood with their initial shot of the contest in 24th minute of action. With Texas A&M taking the first nine shots of the game the Scarlet Knights finally threatened with a corner kick. Rutgers sent an offering into the penalty box but the Aggies were unsuccessful in an attempt to clear the ball allowing Amanda Devolk to put the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
The Aggies responded quickly with an equalizer in the 28th minute. Rachel Lenz fired a shot on goal and the save trickled away from Rutgers' starting netminder Emmy Simpkins. Kelley Monogue collected the loose ball and knocked it into the goal to tie the game at 1-1.
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Texas A&M (3-1) took its first lead of the game in the 31st minute. Meghan Streight took a short-range shot in the goal area that was saved, but bounced away. Once again Monogue benefited off the carom for the goal and the 2-1 lead.
The Aggies tacked on an insurance goal in the 51st minute. After a collision on the end line, the referee granted a penalty kick for Texas A&M. Allie Bailey stymied Scarlet Knights' reserve goalkeeper Jessica Janosz on the penalty kick to give the Aggies a 3-1 advantage.
Texas A&M capped off the scoring in the 78th minute. Annie Kunz collected the ball near the right corner of the penalty box and unleashed a laser to the side netting on the far post for the 4-1 advantage.
The Aggies owned a 20-10 advantage in shots, including 12-3 in the first half. Kunz, Monogue and Shea Groom each had four shots. All four of Monogue's shots were on goal.
Jordan Day registered two saves to improve to 3-1 on the year.