COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies received first-half goals from Ally Watt and Emily Bates to topple the TCU Horned Frogs, 2-0, Saturday night at Ellis Field in the final exhibition match leading into the 2018 season.
Texas A&M brought intensity in the first half and the hard work paid off with Watt’s ice breaker in the 29th minute and Bates’ tally in the 38th minute. The Aggies owned a wide margin in shots (10-2) and shots-on-goal (4-0) in the opening act with TCU holding a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Cosette Morché was outstanding in goal, making two saves. More impressively, she snatched the ball off the foot of a charging McKenzie Oliver before she could unleash a shot in a 1-on-1 situation in the waning moments of the second half to preserve the shutout. Morché marshalled a defense that did not allow the Horned Frogs to capitalize on an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.
Shots (6-6) and shots-on-goal (2-2) were even in the second half and the Horned Frogs took the only three corner kicks of the stanza. The match finished with A&M owning a 16-8 edge in shots and a 6-2 margin in shots-on-goal.
The squads played a similar style of match in the spring, but the Aggies were unable to finish on any of their 19 shots and six shots-on-goal and dropped a 1-0 decision to TCU.
Texas A&M opens the regular-season on Friday, August 17 with an 11:55 p.m. CT match in Honolulu against the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine.