Texas A&M’s Ally Watt scored her team-leading 12th goal in the 60th minute and Asdi Halldorsdottir found the back of the net 17 minutes later to defeat Mississippi State 2-1 on Friday at Ellis Field.
The No. 5 Aggies are 14-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Southeastern Conference. No. 23 Mississippi State dropped to 9-4-1 and 2-4-1.
Watt slipped between two defenders to run onto a ball chipped into the penalty box for her goal. She then had an assist along with Tera Ziemer on Halldorsdottir’s fourth goal of the season.
Cosette Morché and the backline played a strong game with Mississippi State’s lone goal coming when chaos went unfettered on a throw-in scrum in the 90th minute.
Morché made seven saves in the contest and Briana Alston added a team save, clearing a ball off the goal line in the 89th minute.
The Aggies honored their seven seniors before the match – Emily Bates, Brittany Crabtree, Kate Hajdu, Claudette Lassandro, Morché, Kendall Ritchie and Margaret Schmidt.
“It is always great to win on Senior Night,” A&M coach G Guerrieri said. “We almost always win on senior night. We almost always win at home, which is nice. This is a big game, and it’s nice that a big game is on their big night. We are 11-0 right now at home, and the crowds have been awesome. It was a terrific crowd and it had great energy for our players.”
The game was tight statistically, with A&M outshooting MSU 26-22. Both goalkeepers had eight saves and the Aggies totaled seven corners to the Bulldogs five.
A&M returns to action on Thursday at Alabama.