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Texas A&M Notches Fifth Big 12 Championship Title
November 06, 2011
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SAN ANTONIO -- Megan Majewski fired in a rebound goal with nine seconds left to give the Texas A&M Aggies a thrilling end to their run in the Big 12 Conference with a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Soccer Championship on Sunday at Blossom Soccer Stadium. Majeswki's shot came after Kelley Monogue, the Big 12 Newcomer and Offensive Player of the Year, split defenders and fired in a shot that hit off the crossbar.

"I knew that (Monogue) was going to have a chance," Majewski said. "If she didn't we all had to be there behind her, and get it if she didn't. It came pretty much right to me. I trapped it and got a good hit on it."

It also ended OSU's 21-game unbeaten streak. The Cowgirls are ranked second in the nation. A&M defeated top-ranked North Carolina earlier in the season.

"It should give us confidence for the postseason, shouldn't it?," A&M coach G Guerrieri said. "Our defense was solid all night. But it was an extraordinary effort to get it done; Kelley to keep it going and Megan to keep her head and finish it to the back post."

Second-seeded Texas A&M (15-5-2) gets the automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma State (19-1-2) will get an at-large bid. It's the first time in four championship appearances that the Cowgirls have lost in a conference final, and they had won the last two years. Texas A&M has split its 10 games in the final.

In the final 15 minutes, despite the wind being in the face, the Cowgirls started applying noticeable pressure. There was a glaring opportunity for the Cowgirls in the 78th minute when Aggies freshman goalkeeper Jordan Day got caught outside her own goal box and, after she fell trying to get out to cover a ball, watched as the ball was centered.

Kristen Kelley, who scored the game-winner in the double-overtime semifinal victory over Texas on Friday, was looking at an open goal from 15 yards out. But as quickly as she drew her leg back, Aggies center defender Rachel Lenz put both legs in the way and blocked the try.

The Cowgirls had argued a hand ball in the A&M penalty area with two minutes remaining. They argued it so much that OSU coach Colin Carmichael got a yellow card.

"I can't comment on the officials, but from our perspective there was possibly a handball in the box, which would have been the penalty kick," Carmichael said. " We got upset on our bench. We got cautioned for it.

"A penalty kick in that situation is probably a 95-percent chance of scoring. But credit to A&M because they fought to the end and found a way to score."

In the first half Oklahoma State had a wind of close to 20 mph -- though it gusted more than that at times -- at the back. But the play was as equal as the tie score indicated, even though OSU had a pair of free kicks in close to the penalty area.

The best of those two came in the 27th minute after a foul was whistled on A&M's Rachael Balaguer not two feet past the 18-yard box. Matthews, who scored the goal in the final three minutes of a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, bended one over the five-player A&M wall, but Day rushed out and got a fist on it to send it away.

It was the only one of just three Oklahoma State shots to find the goal compared to five shots attempted by the Aggies. The best of the two in on Adrianna Franch came in the 39th minute. Annie Kunz circled around her defender and lined one in to the goal from past 15 yards. It was a solid shot, but Franch was right there falling to her right to swallow the attempt.


All-Tournament Team
GK Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State
D Melinda Mercado, Oklahoma State
D Carson Michalowski, Oklahoma State
D Meghan Streight, Texas A&M
MF Kyndall Treadwell, Oklahoma State
MF Merritt Mathias, Texas A&M
MF Kristin Cummins, Texas
F Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M
F Kristin Lopez, Oklahoma State
F Annie Kunz, Texas A&M
F Megan Marchesano, Oklahoma State

Offensive Most Outstanding Player
Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M, F

Defensive Most Outstanding Player
Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State, GK

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