Aug. 30, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Alyssa Mautz scored in the second half to give No. 9 Texas A&M a 1-0 victory over No. 21 Washington State in women's soccer at the Aggieland Invitational, Sunday.
Mautz's goal came in the 63rd minute on a one touch inside the far post from the six-yard box.
Washington State (1-3-0) controlled the run of play early, firing four shots in the first 15 minutes, including strike on frame each for freshmen Katie Turney and Micaela Castain. The Cougars also generated a corner kick early in the 16th minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ariana Byrd helped Washington State keep the match at 0-0 with three first half saves.
Early in the 56th minute, Washington State had a good chance for the first goal of the match, but sophomore Brandi Vega's shot from the six-yard box was stopped on a fine save by Aggies' goalkeeper Kristin Arnold.
COUGAR NOTES Sophomore goalkeeper Ariana Byrd made her first-collegiate start and recorded a career-high six saves.
COUGAR HEAD COACH Matt Potter QUOTES
"In an extremely difficult environment I was very pleased with the team response to the performance Friday (a loss to Long Beach State). To lose a player, let alone your starting goalkeeper (Meghan Berlingo) in the warm-up is a huge emotional challenge. Not only did Ariana respond, but the team did as well. All bodes well for the future. Texas A&M is a premier college team and the atmosphere, coupled with the heat is incredible, a lot of fun as a coach and player to experience yet very challenging. We fully expected the game to ebb and flow and knew we had to be smart in our play as Texas A&M is aggressive, which you would expect, them being at home. We created chances which the team felt we should have capitalized on, but credit Texas A&M, they executed the decisive moment in the game and came out winners.
"We found out a lot about ourselves both on and off the field. If we apply the lessons we will continue to make progress this season and fulfill the potential of this group. We move on to the next challenge."