COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M Aggies were able to strike the winning colors at Ellis Field for the 200th time thanks to a goal by Bianca Brinson in the last minute of regulation in a 2-1 victory against Kentucky on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies improved to 200-30-5 all-time at their current home pitch.
The first 20 minutes of the first half were real quiet until Meghan Streight sent in a free kick from the middleground, about 40 yards from goal, and it took one bounce to the feet of Janae Cousineau in the 6-yard box. She sent it to the back of the net to end the Sunday silence in the 23rd minute.
Coming out of the intermission, neither squad was bubbling over with offensive opportunities. Both squads had a couple of shots that required a save with A&M’s Allie Bailey providing the best shot-on-goal in the 63rd minute.
The Aggies looked like they would shut out the Wildcats until Kentucky was able take advantage of a defensive lapse in the 77th minute. Arin Gilliland dribbled the ball on the left flank and launched a cross from 10 yards off the endline just outside the penalty box. Renée McDermott was unable to punch it away and it deflected off the hip of an A&M defender to tie the match at 1 with 13:20 remaining.
Rather than play pensive following the Wildcats’ equalizer, the Aggies’ offense became unbridled behind the play of Brinson and Shea Groom in the final minutes.
With the game appearing headed to overtime after a pair of Groom shots went just inches high off the crossbar, Brinson took her turn. With a little less than a minute showing on the clock, Brinson unleashed a shot from 15 yards. The shot was stopped by Taylor Braun, but a clearance by the defender came back to Brinson and she said, “I’ll have another” and one-timed a shot from the right 10 yards out, putting it into the left netting with 52 seconds.
Although the Aggies’ once again controlled the flow of play for most of a match, the A&M victory was not affirmed until the final whistle. The Maroon and White provided most of the cannonade for the match, outshooting Kentucky 16-10 for the contest and posting a 7-4 edge in shots-on-goal. The corner kicks were even at 5-5.