In a matchup of two nationally ranked men’s collegiate club teams, 14th-ranked Texas A&M ‘A’ got the better of 10th-ranked University of Texas ‘A’ in a physical match by a score of 6-5 on Saturday. The big win by the Aggies marked the first CWPA regular season loss for the Longhorns since October 2009 ending a 74 game regular season win streak that lasted almost 10 years. The game was the featured pairing at the CWPA Texas Division crossover tournament this weekend in College Station.
The back-and-forth match featured strong defense and physical play by both sides. Goalie Paul Lang stood out as the defensive anchor for the Aggies who were able to limit scoring by the potent Longhorn offense. With first-half goals by Michael Lewandowski, Tyler Thames and Axl Rodriguez, the Aggies took a 3-1 lead at the halftime break.
The Longhorns stayed close throughout the game and closed the gap to 5-4 in the third quarter on goals by Alex Raterink and Nathan Craig. Despite the Longhorn rally, the Aggies were able to hold the lead deep into the fourth quarter.
The ‘horns had a chance to tie the match after an Agggie exclusion gave UT an extra man for the remaining 17 seconds. But A&M were able to fend off the extra-man attack as time expired.
Crossover games will continue in College Staion through Sunday with matches also featuring Rice, Baylor, University of Houston, LSU, Texas State, and Texas Tech. Games this weekend will help determine tournament seeding for the CWPA Texas Division Championships which will be held on October 19-20 at Rice University in Houston.