When the NCAA’s soccer tournament gets underway this week, a rivalry will be renewed in College Station.
Texas (11-7-1) is set to open its 2019 postseason run on Friday with a match at Texas A&M (13-4-3). Texas and Texas A&M’s soccer programs have played 25 times before, and the Aggies hold a 18-5-2 lead in the all-time series. These two teams, however, have not played since Texas A&M left the Big 12 Conference following the 2011-12 school year.
Since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference, teams from Texas and Texas A&M have occasionally reunited for non-conference skirmishes and postseason battles. Here is a look at 15 times that Texas and Texas A&M have met in the postseason over the past eight years.
- Texas A&M 4, Texas 1 (women’s tennis): In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 9 Texas was upset at home by the No. 18 Aggies. Texas got its only point from Fernanda Labraña’s 6-4, 6-2 win over Renee McBryde. The Longhorns ended their season with a 19-5 record.
- Texas 3, Texas A&M 2 (softball): The Longhorns needed extra innings to stave off elimination at an NCAA regional it was hosting. Texas A&M rallied to tie the game in the seventh inning, but Janae Jefferson scored the game-winning run on an Aggie error in the eighth inning. After striking out 10 Aggies, Texas pitcher Miranda Elish would throw a one-hitter against Sam Houston State later in the day.
- Texas 4, Texas A&M 0 (women’s tennis): In this second-round meeting, Texas snagged the doubles point and then wrapped up the sweep with wins in the No. 3 (Petra Granic), No. 5 (Marta Perez-Mur) and No. 6 (Dani Wagland) singles spots. While the Longhorns upended one rival, another rival (Texas Tech) would best them in the next round.
- Texas 8, Texas A&M 3 (baseball): The Austin regional in 2018 also featured Indiana and Texas Southern, but a showdown in the winner’s bracket between the Longhorns and Aggies was the featured attraction. In the victory, Kody Clemens hit two home runs and Nolan Kingham struck out eight batters. The victory helped Texas avenge a 6-5 loss that they had suffered two months earlier in College Station.
- Texas A&M 3, Texas 1 (softball): The 12th-ranked Aggies ended UT’s 2017 season at a regional in College Station. Needing to beat the hosts twice in order to survive, Texas struck first with a second-inning run. Texas A&M countered with a homer from Tori Vidales, and Vidales later drove in two more runs with a double. Texas finished the year with 33 wins, its lowest total since it went 29-23-2 during the 2008 season.
- Texas 4, Texas A&M 3 (men’s tennis): In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the No. 18 Longhorns earned a dramatic win in College Station over the No. 12 Aggies. The competition’s decisive point was earned by UT junior George Goldhoff, who bested Arthur Rinderknech with a third-set tiebreaker in the No. 1 singles match. Due to weather, this duel spanned two days.
- Texas 5, Texas A&M 0 (softball): Having not seen each other since Texas A&M left the Big 12, the Longhorns and Aggies’ softball players reintroduced themselves at a regional hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette. In what was the opener for both teams, Texas hit five home runs. UT pitcher Tiarra Davis needed only one of those solo shots as she registered 11 strikeouts while allowing five hits.
- Texas A&M 9, Texas 3 (softball): Texas A&M got its revenge a day later as it took out the Longhorns in an elimination game. The Longhorns hit another homer at Lamson Park, but Holly Kern’s two-run blast would ended up being one of only four hits mustered by the UT offense. Davis was once again the pitcher of record, but she was tagged for six runs over a four-inning relief appearance.
- Texas A&M 4, Texas (women’s tennis): Playing at home, Texas A&M won the doubles point and then coasted into the third round of the NCAA Tournament. In defeat, Texas did earn singles wins from Elizabeth and Neda Koprcina. The Longhorns were the nation’s No. 23 team while Texas A&M was ranked ninth.
- Texas 8, Texas A&M 1 (baseball): Brooks Marlow hit a leadoff homer, and Texas never looked back in the opener of a regional on Rice’s campus. The first seven bats in UT’s line-up that day all collected a hit. On the mound, Nathan Thornhill worked around a second-inning run and threw seven innings of six-hit baseball.
- Texas A&M 3, Texas 2 (baseball): Following an 11-inning win over the host Owls, the Longhorns were brought back to Earth by their friends from College Station. Freshman left-hander Tyler Stubblefied went the distance for Texas A&M, and nine of his 134 pitches were used to strikeout Longhorns. UT’s four hits were split among four players.
- Texas 4, Texas A&M 1 (baseball): Texas advanced to the super regionals with a three-run triumph against Texas A&M. UT committed two errors and allowed an unearned run in the first inning’s top half, but Chad Hollingsworth escaped a bases-loaded jam. Over the next eight innings, Hollingsworth gave up one more hit.
- Texas 3, Texas A&M 1 (volleyball): The Longhorns (vs. Texas State) and Aggies (vs. UTSA) both took care of business in their openers of an Austin-based regional, so that set up a battle for a trip to the super regionals. After Texas took the first two sets, Texas A&M fought back with a 25-15 rout. UT, however, put away their rivals with a 25-19 knockout punch. Haley Eckerman and Bailey Webster combined for 38 kills for a top-ranked Texas team that eventually reached the Final Four.
- Texas A&M 4, Texas 3 (men’s tennis): Texas A&M’s 12th-ranked tennis team earned bragging rights against its in-state rival during the second round of the NCAA’s tournament. The match was decided when A&M’s Junior Ore bested Texas’ Lloyd Glasspool in the No. 2 singles match. Texas A&M’s season ended in the next round.
- Texas 3, Texas A&M 1 (volleyball): En route to securing a national championship, Texas banished its top foe to the offseason. Texas and Texas A&M split the first two sets of this second-round match, but UT claimed a regional title with 25-19 and 25-18 victories in Gregory Gym. Eckerman and Webster both contributed 17 kills to the cause, while Khat Bell chipped in 11 kills and a .421 hitting percentage. Texas A&M ended up being one of two teams to win a set against the Longhorns during the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
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