The No. 16 Texas A&M soccer team’s 25th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament will have an added significance.
The Aggies will host rival Texas in the first round of the tournament at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
It will be the first meeting between the teams since Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference after the 2011 season. The last time the two teams met Texas A&M won 3-0 at Texas in its final Big 12 game. The Aggies own a 20-5-2 record vs. the Longhorns.
The Aggies are one of four teams to make it to every NCAA tournament since 1995. The other schools include North Carolina (1982-2019), Virginia (1994-2019) and Penn State (1995-2019). Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri and North Carolina’s Anson Dorrance are the only two head coaches to appear in every NCAA tournament since 1995.
The winner of the Texas A&M-Texas match will face the winner of Southern Cal-Cal State Fullerton in a second round match slated for Nov. 22. If Southern Cal wins it will host the second round match. If Cal State Fullerton wins it will be at a site to be determined.
Texas A&M is 13-4-3 overall and finished third at 7-2-1 in the SEC. Texas is 11-7-1, including a 6-3-0 mark in the Big 12. The Longhorns are making their 14th straight tournament appearance.Texas went 3-5-1 against teams in the tournament, with wins against Washington (2-0), TCU (1-0) and Kansas (1-0) and losses vs. Colorado (2-1), Monmouth (4-0), West Virginia (2-1), Oklahoma State (2-0) and Texas Tech (2-1).
The Aggies own a 13-match NCAA championship unbeaten streak at Ellis Field, with the last postseason home loss coming in 2007. Last season, Texas A&M beat North Texas, 1-0, in the opening round.
A&M is 31-0-5 (.931) against in-state rivals since 2008, including an 11-0-4 record against Texas teams in the Big 12.