The undefeated Aggie Soccer team moved into the National Top 10 Rankings this week. Did you know… The Aggie soccer program has been ranked in the TOP 10 EVERY YEAR for the past 22 years in a row!
We are home this Friday night in our annual game to benefit the fight against juvenile cancer, and then head on the road for a big game in Kansas on Sunday. Below is my weekly blog for news surrounding Texas A&M soccer program. I hope you enjoy!
Entering a Tough Stretch of Games
The next few weeks of games are very important in this young NCAA soccer season for the Aggies. We will be playing some very talented and successful programs, providing us an excellent opportunity for some big-time wins!
This Friday night we host a very talented and disciplined Butler Bulldog team which has already gone on the road and tied Notre Dame 0-0 and then went to East Lansing and beat Michigan State. So, I don’t anticipate them being intimidated by playing the Aggies on a perfect pitch in an electric Ellis Field environment. I imagine they’re looking forward to it!
On Saturday morning, we will do a regeneration session at Ellis and turn our attention toward our next tough opponent – the Kansas Jayhawks. Our charter flight departs College Station after lunch, getting us into Kansas in the early afternoon, where we will check into our hotel and do a walk through at KU’s new soccer stadium Rock Chalk Park. The Jayhawks are coming off a 2-1 win over defending national champions USC this past Sunday night in Lawrence.
Then next week we open SEC play by going on the road to play Auburn on the Alabama Plains, followed by SEC games against No. 7 Florida (at Ellis Field) and at Mizzou the following Thursday and Sunday.
Aggie Soccer Turning it Gold this Friday!
Gold is the official color of the fight against juvenile cancer. September is Juvenile Cancer Awareness Month. As you may know, Aggie Soccer has been supporting the fight against cancer in kids for many years, so we will again be flying Turn it Gold flags around Ellis Field this weekend and throughout the month.
It breaks my heart to see these brave kids taking on this terrible monster. It is so inspiring to see them and their loved ones show all of us what it really means to be really tough and strong as they battle cancer and how incredible it is when they win their fight!
Turn it Gold is an organization that raises awareness and money for juvenile cancer research. The organization was started by mothers of children who fought cancer, and they continue the fight on behalf of kids everywhere. All of my players support the fight and will again be wearing gold highlights in this special night at Ellis Field.
This Friday Night, the first 500 fans into Ellis Field receive a limited edition GOLD 12th Man Towel! We will be selling special gold T-shirts inside the stadium, and all proceeds from T-shirt sales will benefit cancer patients at Texas Children’s Hospital who have also been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Aggie Soccer Update (September 7, 2017):
- Texas A&M in National Top 10
- Aggies Shutout DePaul 2-0
- Watch Video Highlights of Aggie win over DePaul
- OK State hangs on to tie A&M 2-2
- Watch Video Highlights of Texas A&M v OSU
- A&M Soccer “Turns it Gold” this Friday Night to Fight Juvenile Cancer
Sophomore forward Ally Watt is one of the many crowd favorites at Ellis Field!
This is the 25th Year – The Silver Season – of Aggie Soccer. Click to view special video features!
- Silver Season Series: The Rock of Stability
- Silver Season Series: Best in Texas
- Silver Season Series: The 22 year NCAA Tournament Run!
- Silver Season Series Moment: 2011 Big 12 Tournament Championship
- Silver Series moment: 2011 Come-From-Behind Victory over #1 UNC
- Silver Season Series: Sowing the Seeds of Success
Below is the schedule of events for us this weekend. I hope you can join us in person, or watch on TV, or listen via our radio broadcasts!
Friday September 8, 2017
- #10 Texas A&M vs Butler
- 1st ever meeting between the programs
- 7 p.m. at Ellis Field in College Station, TX
- TURN IT GOLD NIGHT to support kids in their fight against cancer
- Watch HERE and on the SEC Network+ online or via the watch ESPN app
- Listen via www.12thMan.com/Listen around the world
Sunday September 10, 2017
- #10 Texas A&M at #19 Kansas
- Aggies lead all-time series
- 1 p.m. at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas
- Watch HERE via the watch ESPN app
- Listen on Willy 1550 AM in Aggieland or via www.12thMan.com/Listen around the world
Start you Aggie Football Weekend at Ellis Field this Friday!
I love how we get to play the NCAA soccer season in the fall, at the same time our football team is in season! The school spirit at Texas A&M is legendary. It’s one of the reasons why Texas A&M has lead the nation in home attendance in many sports, including women’s soccer. But whenever we get the opportunity to play a home game on a Friday night that precedes a home football game at Kyle Field, well it’s just that much more special.
Our community, which includes Texas A&M and the cities of Bryan and College Station, Texas has approximately 250,000 people on any given weekday in the fall. But on those Aggie football weekends, you can add another 100,000 to the mix. Kyle Field holds 104,000+ and then there are as many as another 20,000 tailgaters who don’t even have tickets into the Saturday game. The maroon, the smells of BBQ, and sounds, and the combined spirit and friendly folks all around is something to behold! But, it doesn’t just happen on Saturday.
In Aggieland, the football weekend often starts with us – The Other Football – at Ellis Field. Friday night soccer games at Ellis are special. Last week we had over 4,600 in the stadium (which only seats 2,800)! The soccer game typically is over by 10 pm, and then folks head over to Kyle Field for Midnight Yell Practice.
This Saturday’s football game against Nicholls State doesn’t kick off until 6 pm, so Ags will have plenty of time to sleep in and rest up following Yell Practice, to stand and help our football team win again. I invite you to join us this Friday/Saturday in Aggieland, or any Soccer/Football weekend to truly experience the Aggie Spirit.
Thanks and Gig ‘em!