The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Advertisement
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Advertisement
Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) robs a home run from Florida infielder Cade Kurland (4) in the top of the ninth inning during Texas A&M’s game against Florida at the NCAA Men’s College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, June 15, 2024. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Saves and a robbery
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 16, 2024

Texas A&M baseball sophomore RF Jace LaViolette is known for his bat — and for good reason. LaViolette ranks sixth in the country in home...

Advertisement
The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Advertisement
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) robs a home run from Florida infielder Cade Kurland (4) in the top of the ninth inning during Texas A&M’s game against Florida at the NCAA Men’s College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, June 15, 2024. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Saves and a robbery
June 16, 2024

Virginia first up for Aggies in College Cup

Tanner Garza — THE BATTALION
Tanner Garza — THE BATTALION

Boca Raton, Fla., plays host to the last weekend of the 2014 season for the No. 5 Texas A&M soccer team as it takes on the Virginia Cavaliers at FAU Stadium with a trip to the national championship match hanging in the balance.
While the Aggies are participating in their first College Cup, the semifinals are a familiar setting for Virginia, the Florida State Seminoles and the Stanford Cardinal.
Stanford is participating in its sixth cup in seven years, with seniors on the squad attempting to bookend their careers with a second national championship. Their final four opponent, Florida State, has seen head coach Mark Krikorian utilize talent from seven different countries on the roster this season. It is the squad’s fourth consecutive college cup appearance.
Virginia is making its second consecutive final four appearance. After losing to UCLA in the national championship last year, the Cavaliers have compiled a 22-2-0 record in 2014, including a 2-1 victory over UCLA in the third round of the tournament to earn a trip to Boca Raton.
Since the tournament’s start, only two teams have won the College Cup in their first appearance. The University of South Carolina was the most recent team to do so in 2007, but A&M (22-2-2) will look to re-write that page of the record books when it kicks off against Virginia at 4 p.m. Friday.
“They came here to make history, and they have so far,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said of his team. “We have proven this is the best team Texas A&M has had of all the great teams. Let’s go out and show we can be the very best in the country.”
Guerrieri said the Cavaliers are “widely regarded as the most talented team in the country” and called head coach Steve Swanson “one of the brightest soccer minds in the country.”
Both teams come to the final four with record-setting performers on their rosters.
Virginia senior Danielle Colaprico set the Cavaliers single-season record with 18 assists this year on her way to being named ACC Midfielder of the Year. Junior Makenzy Doniak’s 19 goals spearheaded Virginia’s march to becoming the top-scoring offense in the nation. And last year’s Hermann Trophy winner Morgan Brian has split time between Virginia and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team this season, converting 10 goals on 12 shots for the year.
On the A&M side, senior Shea Groom has been named as a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy after posting 16 goals and seven assists this season. Kelley Monogue leads the team in points scored with 44 and goals with 17. She is just two shots short of 100 on the year and consistently finds herself close to the goal with a chance to attack.
Allie Bailey provided two goals in the Aggies’ previous matchup against Penn State that led to a 2-1 victory, punching the ticket to Florida for the A&M squad.
Jordan Day recorded seven saves in the matchup with the Nittany Lions, including two back-to-back saves requiring a dive that protected the lead for the Aggies. In just more than 1,800 minutes of action, Cavalier goalkeeper Morgan Stearns has conceded only 12 goals while recording 34 saves as a sophomore.
Virginia is the only second-seed remaining in the tournament. If victorious, the Aggies will take on the winner of Stanford and Florida State on Sunday — the winner will return home as national champions.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *