Women's Soccer Falls To Texas A&M
Nov. 14, 1999
LEXINGTON, Kty. - The 13th-ranked University of Kentucky women's soccer team fell 3-2 in overtime to No. 11 Texas A&M in the second round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon at the UK Soccer Complex.
UK (16-3-2), seeking its first NCAA Tournament victory, held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before falling to the Aggies. Sophomore forward Annie Gage had a goal and an assist for the Cats who lost for the first time since Sept. 10 when UK lost to Florida 2-1.
The Cats struck first when Gage converted on a penalty kick at the 25:13. A&M defender Amber Reynolds was called for a handball directly in front of Aggie goalkeeper Melanie Wilson and UK was awarded the PK.
For the next forty minutes, UK held a 1-0 advantage before Nicky Thrasher got A&M on the board at the 65:45 mark. From 35 yards out, Thrasher fired a shot over the outstretched-arms of UK goalkeeper Jo Fletcher and high into the upper right-hand corner of the net, tying the score at 1-1.
Freshman Christal Mattingly gave UK a 2-1 lead when she fired a header in off Gage's corner kick at the 78:30 mark. Mattingly's shot hit just underneath the crossbar and went straight down but bounced over the line as a flurry of A&M defenders tried to knock it away.
Texas A&M (17-4-1) tied the game when the Aggies were awarded a penalty kick after UK defender Emily Oetjen was called for a foul inside the Cats' box when she tripped Heather Ragsdale. Heather Wiebe, taking the A&M penalty kick, fired a shot to the left corner of the goal that Fletcher was unable to get to, tying the game at 2-2.
Thrasher was the hero in overtime for the Aggies when she fired a 20-yard shot high over Fletcher's hands, advancing A&M into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.
"It's almost fitting to have that kind of competition and it end in overtime," UK coach Warren Lipka said. "Both teams could have won it at any point, but once it gets past overtime, the game is up for grabs. My hat's off to Texas A&M because they fought back twice and to win it in overtime is a great effort. It is disappointing, but we had a great season and we have a lot to look forward to in the future."
A&M outshot the Cats nine to six and out-cornered UK five to one. Wilson recorded two saves for the Aggies, while Fletcher posted three saves for the Cats.
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