MATCH FORECAST: no. 9 Clemson – Texas A&M Athletics

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies begins a four-game championship while hosting the No. 9 Clemson Tigers on Saturday night at Ellis Field for the annual Fish Camp Game.

The Fish Camp Game is annually one of the most attended women’s soccer matches in the country. Of the 15 most attended NCAA women’s regular season games in history, five have been Fish Camp Games. The match includes FREE FORTA entry for all fish campers wearing the camp shirt.

The night will be closed with fireworks after the game as Texas A&M Athletics begins celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 12th men’s tradition.

The match airs on SEC Network + with David Ellis and Jeff Dati at the call. Fans can listen to the match in the Brazos Valley on 97.3 FM and worldwide on the 12th Man Mobile app and at 12thMan.com/live with Casey Atnip commenting.

The Maroon & Whites face one-goal losses to a pair of top 10 opponents, including the 1-0 at No. 1 Florida State last Thursday and the 2-1 at No. 8 TCU Sunday. The Aggies are the only team in the country to open the season with three consecutive games against the top 10 opponents.

The Aggies and Tigers draw 1-1 in the all-time series. Both meetings came at Ellis Field, while the Aggies won 4-1 in 1995 and suffered a 4-1 defeat in the first season in 2004. The 1995 victory came in the first game of Texas A&M NCAA Tournament. Kristen Koop scored a goal in the 5th minute and Clemson responded with a goal in the 28th minute. Yvette Okler put Aggies ahead again in the 34th minute and added an assurance goal two minutes into the second half. Nicole Shook faced a new Texas A&M account in the 89th minute.

The Aggies have the best Texas football team by all tangible measures. Texas A&M has 468 historic wins, 40 ahead of SMU (428), the only other squad with more than 400 wins. Texas A&M’s .753 winning percentage only joins North Texas (.713) when it surpasses the .700 mark. The 26 appearances of the Aggies in the NCAA tournament almost coincide with the combined total of teams no. 2 and no. 3 from the Lone Star list: Texas (14) and SMU (13).

Last season, Texas A&M freshmen accounted for 18 of the team’s 33 goals in 17 games. Olivieri, twice first of the SEC week, led the team with eight goals. Laney Carroll, Geczik i Taylor Pounds he scored three goals per game. Kate Colvin he got his first score in the SEC Tournament semifinal match against Vanderbilt. Those newcomers also accounted for 10 of the team’s 26 assists.

Texas A&M has a return to the American team Karlina Sample and two performers from across the southeast region in Sample and Olivieri. Other key players among the 19 returnees are the defenders Katie Smith (1,560) and Kolb (1,549) who stepped on the team in minutes played in 2020-21.