Week 2

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The sun has come out in South Texas! So, all of us associated with the Texas A&M Soccer program are excited about the coming Labor Day weekend and our two home games at Ellis Field this Friday and Sunday! Below is an update of news and events surrounding Texas A&M Soccer and our players. I hope you enjoy and will forward to any friends you think would enjoy!

Our match last Saturday against the University of Oregon was cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey and the events surrounding that catastrophic weather event. We thank God that College Station has not been severely affected by the storm, and we are keeping our friends on the Texas coast in our prayers as they recover and rebound from the flooding and storm damage. As you know, the storm directly hit Rockport and Port Aransas (about a 4-hour drive from College Station) with 130+ mph winds , and then dumped a year’s worth of rain (50+ inches) on Houston and surrounding coastal areas over a three-day period! We have many friends and families of current and former Aggie soccer players directly impacted by the storm who are actively doing everything possible to recover and move forward.

If you would like to help Texas A&M with our relief efforts for people on the Texas Coast, please visit http://bthoharvey.org/

School’s In-Session!

Classes began at Texas A&M this week (on August 30th), and life is returning to a more normal level here in College Station. Our new Home Opener is now this Friday when our old friends from Oklahoma State come to Ellis Field for our annual “Fish Camp Reunion match.”

Fish Camp is an annual student orientation at Texas A&M, which includes seven different sessions held throughout August, where the new freshmen (Fish) are educated on the history, traditions, and unique culture of Texas A&M in a three-day camp setting about 90 miles to the northeast, near Palestine, Texas. Each Fish Camp is made up of about 700 Fish.

Once school begins, the first sporting event of the year is the big occasion where these students can re-unite as the 12th Man for the first time. That event is annually the first Aggie Soccer home match. In the past we’ve hosted crowds as large as 8,204 fans at Ellis Field for this match. So, we are against expecting a “standing room only” crowd at the stadium Friday night for the 8 pm kickoff vs. Oklahoma State!

Every home game at Ellis Field is electric, but this match is special. It’s the biggest crowd OSU will ever play in front of, and fans are all here in full voice for their Aggies.

This is a great opportunity for you to experience a fun night with your friends and family in a wholesome, fun environment. I suggest you get yourself a reserved ticket, since the Fish will occupy all the GA and Student Sections. Gates will open at 7 pm!

Special Features and Videos

Ways You Can help us help Hurricane Harvey Victims
http://bthoharvey.org/

A Field Like No Other!

Last week we received nearly 20 inches of rain at Ellis Field! But you wouldn’t know it from walking on the pitch today. It is a fact that our soccer field is among the very best playing surfaces in the world! Texas A&M is one of the world’s great Agricultural College’s on Earth, and our turf-grass specialists are second to none. Our head groundskeeper (Craig Potts) is one of the most knowledgeable and respected men in this field on Earth. And his assistant, Amanda (Folck), who is in charge of Ellis Field is also outstanding. Prior to starting her job at Texas A&M in 2017, the Ohio State graduate worked for Arsenal Football Club in London. Yes, that Arsenal! The club in England that is known to have the best football pitch in the land!

Aggie Soccer Family in Recovery

Our hearts go out to the family of freshman Aggie soccer player Sophie Salverino. Her family home in Katy (suburban Houston) backs up to the Buffalo Bayou and was hit hard by the flooding in Harris County. More than 15 inches of water filled the entire home, as well as other homes in their neighborhood.

Her parents, Nikki and Steve met while students at Texas A&M, and have done a wonderful job raising their family in Katy, Texas. When asked about their situation, Steve was quick to point out what great friends and neighbors they have in Katy and how the families were working together to look after each other and to get in and clean up homes from the storm.

Please keep them and the millions of other Harvey survivors along the Texas coast in your prayers!

Video – A Look Back to our last Big 12 game vs OK State

The Aggies hold a 16-1-2 record over Oklahoma State in soccer. But as dominant as that record looks, there weren’t many easy wins. The one time OSU did prevail was a 1-0 win in the Championship match of the 2009 Big 12 Tournament when they scored on a corner kick and withstood an onslaught of Aggie shots and near misses to lift the Big 12 trophy.

Skip forward two years. In 2011 we were in our final season as members of the Big 12 conference prior to our Big Move to the SEC. The Aggies had been the most dominant soccer program in that league since its inception back in 1996. But we had one more game to play… against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls met in the Big 12 Championship game. The Cowgirls were having a banner season, and had earlier tied the Aggies in College Station 0-0.

But this game would mark the 12th and Final Big 12 Championship for Aggie Soccer, when senior midfielder Megan Majewski scored for A&M with nine seconds remaining in the match. It was a final Big Moment in a run off dominance that had seen the Aggies win more Big 12 trophies than all the other league teams, combined.

Watch That Great Moment Here

In 2012, the Aggies made a triumphant move into the Southeastern Conference and won the Western Division title the first year. The Maroon and White then won both the SEC regular season championships and the SEC Tournament crowns in 2013 and 2014. This year, A&M is again among the favorites to lift SEC trophies in the regular season and at the annual conference tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The Aggie Soccer Hour

Please join us each Tuesday evening from 7-8 pm at Rudy’s BBQ and Country Store in College Station for our live radio show, Aggie Soccer Hour. This is the eighth season for our show, which is co-hosted by Dr. David Ellis and me. Each week we review the prior week’s match(es), interview current Aggie soccer players and sports figures, answer questions from the live audience, and preview the coming week’s games

The show is carried live each week in Aggieland on Willy 1550AM, the same radio channel that broadcasts all Aggie soccer games throughout the season.

Promotions-a-Plenty for the 2 Home Games this weekend!

The No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies have a myriad of promotions set for this weekend’s matches at Ellis Field. Highlights include Fish Camp Night Friday as the Maroon and White host the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowgirls and 4H/FFA Day for Sunday’s showdown with the DePaul Blue Demons.

Annually one of the most attended collegiate soccer matches in the country, Fish Camp Night features a bevy of promotions. All students with a Sports Pass receive free admission and non-Sports Pass buyers may purchase tickets for just $3. 500 American Campus shirts and sunglasses will be given away to students and Fish Camps have an opportunity to win $200 Visa gift cards.

Sunday’s 4H/FFA Day features an appearance by Sully the world famous mini horse as well as members of the Aggies’ NCEA National Champion equestrian team. 4H and FFA members may purchase tickets for just $3.

Sundays are always Bring a Kid to the Game Day. With the purchase of one full price adult ticket, up to four children receive free admission.

Friday, September 1 at 8 pm vs. Oklahoma State

  • Fish Camp Night
    o FREE admission with Sports Pass
    o $3 admission for students wearing their fish camp shirt (non-Sport Pass buyers)
    o 500 American Campus shirts & sunglasses given away to students
    o Five $200 visa gift cards given away to five different fish camps as part of the halftime contest sponsored by American Campus Communities.
    o Every time Aggie Soccer shuts out their opponent, fans in attendance will receive a FREE Pepsi Zero as they exit Ellis Field (while supplies last)
    o Purchase a soccer 9/1 ticket vs. Oklahoma State and bring it to the volleyball 9/2 match vs. Penn State to receive free admission.

Sunday, September 3 at 1:30 pm vs. DePaul

  • 4H/FFA Day
    o Special appearance at Kidz Zone by the mini horse Sully of our NCEA National Champion Equestrian team
    o $3 admission via online offer in advance and on game day for 4H or FFA members.
    o Purchase a volleyball 9/3 match ticket vs. Stanford and bring it to the soccer 9/3 game vs. DePaul to received Free Admission.
    o Purchase 1 full price adult ticket & bring up to 4 kids for FREE.
    Only available as a walk up sale on the day of the event. No advance purchases.
    o Stop by the Kidz Zone at the north side of the field for kid friendly activities including, arts + crafts, mini soccer, face painting, balloon animals, inflatables & more.
    o Every time Aggie Soccer shuts out their opponent, fans in attendance will receive a FREE Pepsi Zero as they exit Ellis Field (while supplies last)

How to Watch/Listen to Aggie Soccer Games This Weekend

Both of our games can be seen on the SEC Network+ – the online broadcasts can be seen on your TV, telephone, tablet, or computer using the watchESPN app if you are a SEC network Subscriber. If you’re not a subscriber, you’re missing out, and need to contact your satellite/Cable company to join.

You can listen to the match live on Willy 1550Am radio in Aggieland, or via our website www.12thMan.com