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Aggies bounce back, shut out UTSA

Aggies bounce back, shut out UTSA

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Following a frustrating loss Friday, the Texas A&M soccer team needed a convincing performance to get back on track.

The Aggies got it in Sunday's match against Texas-San Antonio.

Three players scored their first goals of the season as A&M beat UTSA 3-0 at the Aggie Soccer Complex. Junior Rachel Shipley and freshmen Kim Castleberry and Catalina Clavijo each found the back of the net in the Aggies' second shutout victory of the season.

In front of 2,752 fans, the Aggies (2-1-0) put that 3-2 loss to Purdue behind them by thoroughly dominating the Roadrunners. A&M produced 44 shots -- the third most in program history -- and the Aggie defense held the Roadrunners (1-3-0) to just four shots. Junior goalkeeper Kelly Dyer had two saves, turning the few serious chances away while splitting time with Kristin Arnold.

"Today was a little more business-like for us and it's nice to be back on the winning side again," A&M coach G Guerrieri said. "We're a young team, so every day is a new learning experience. To be able to create and take 44 shots is terrific, and it was also nice to see the scoring accounts open up for three new players. All three [goals] were well struck and really well taken."

A&M controlled possession throughout the first half, firing off 22 shots and holding UTSA to just one.

The Aggies struck first in the 20th minute when Amber Gnatzig slid a pass to Shipley on the right corner of the penalty box. Shipley rifled a shot into the upper-left corner of the net to put A&M in front.

Seven minutes into the second half, junior Whitney Hooper sent a through ball to Castleberry, who finished from close range for a 2-0 lead.

In the 84th minute, a UTSA foul led to a free kick on the left side by Bri Young. The initial ball was knocked out by the UTSA defense, but Clavijo picked it up at the top of the box and sent a one-timer into the top of the net to close the scoring.

The score could have been much more lopsided. A&M had seven corner kicks to UTSA's one, and Roadrunner goalkeeper Dacia Webb made 10 saves.

Texas A&M returns to action Friday at California, the first of three straight road matches.

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