Two teams that had to go all the way to a shootout on Wednesday met in the second semi-final and it was Texas A&M defeating Missouri 3-0 and winning the right to play OSU in the championship game.
Missouri again lined up in their 3-4-3 formation, ensuring that this would be an exciting match, as both teams went for it in the early going, as the match started out as a real end-to-end affair.
Nora Skelton was dangerous for the Aggies early, her touch impecable and opening up plenty of space for herself, but Missouri’s defense stood up well.
The Aggies did well to create opportunties, Skelton constantly a threat as the Aggies played some nice one-touch crisp passing soccer.
Texas A&M opened the scoring in the 16th minute as MeRritt Mathias unleashed a shot from the edge of the area, sending it beautifully in to the bottom corner of the net. Good reward for Texas A&M after they controlled the early going.
Missouri puished hard for a goal, which opened up space for A&M who nearly had a goal with the keeper off the line sending a strike from their own half but the keeper got back quick enough to deny the goal.
Skelton nearly made it two in the 23rd minute after a fantastic corner, was curled towards her but her header went accross the face of goal. Just one minute later Mathias made a great run, with Skelton open she continued to run as the Tigers allowed her space her powerful shot going just wide.
Monogue was released well by a great through ball, only to be denied well by a rushing McKenzie Sauerwein. The Aggies then just missed again as Annie Kunz’s shot went just wide as the Aggies continued to dominate proceedings.
Missouri had a good chance in the 37th minute after a good free-kick from a tight angle from Taiwo Adeshigbin really pressuring the Aggies on the goal line, which was proving to be the main outlet for the Tigers, but it wasn’t successful as the half ended 1-0 to Texas A&M.
Missouri came out from the break attacking, but they lacked that final ball and had to be careful to avoid a Texas A&M counter attack that would kill off their chances.
The Aggies really should have had a second after West’s shot was blocked by the defense, only to see the ball fall to Skelton with an open net, her shot not good enough, drifting wide.
Missouri looked to attack well and controlled the early stages but were vulnerable on the counter, Texas A&M nearly having a second again, Mathias sending a good shot in that was well blocked by Sauerwein, Skelton’s follow up went wide, allowing Missouri a relieving goalkick.
Texas A&M continued to be dangerous on the counter, breaking fast, and had another chance as Skelton but a neat through ball for Monogue, whose shot was well saved by Sauerwein.
Texas A&M scored a wonderful goal in the 54th minute as Monogue shot powerfully from 30 yards, so powerfully that even though Sauerwein got her hands to it the ball just parried off the keeper’s hands and in to the back of the net. Monogue scoring her 18th goal of the season, the Freshman leads the nation on goals scored.
The match started getting physical in the final 20 minutes as Missouri’s desperation increased so did the fouls, interestingly A&M also flew into the challenges as well, giving Missouri crucial possession.
Sauerwein continued to prove her worth as a nice ball sat up just outside the box forcing the keeper to rush out and clear, rescuing Missouri.
A&M continued as Annie Kunz came running into the box and sending in a powerful shot, that Missouri bravely blocked for a corner.
Texas A&M made it 3-0 in the 83rd minute as Kunz crossed in for Skelton whose shot went across the face of goal allowing Kunz to finish off her own cross for the 3-0 lead, winning the match for the Aggies.
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