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A&M soccer team's season ended by Minnesota

A&M soccer team's season ended by Minnesota

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The ninth-ranked Texas A&M soccer team's season ended at the hands of Minnesota in a 2-0 loss Sunday in a frigid NCAA tournament second-round match at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

Minnesota's Tamara Strahota scored the first goal of the match, heading Kylie Kallman's corner kick into the right-side netting, and Katie Bethke struck off her own rebound from 6 yards out in the 76th minute to cap the scoring.

After snow fell all day Saturday, the grounds crew cleared 82,000 cubic feet of the white stuff in preparation for Sunday's match, which was played with the temperature in the mid-30s.

"I thought Minnesota did great," A&M head coach G. Guerrieri said. "They played great with a great opportunity to play at home and they turned their chances into goals. Unfortunately we didn't. We were clearly fish out of water in this environment."

The Aggies got their first offensive opportunity in the 17th minute when senior Rachel Shipley sent a corner into the top of the 6-yard box, where fellow senior Alyssa Mautz headed it just over the crossbar.

In the 55th minute, senior Whitney Hooper dribbled toward the Minnesota goal on a dead sprint in the 55th minute before slipping on the wet field. Later, junior Megan Majewski hit a free kick from the central third that went just wide of the near post.

The Aggies were outshot 21-14, including 11-1 in the first half. The Golden Gophers also held the advantage in corner kicks, 4-3.

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