No. 9 Texas A&M blanked No. 17 Kentucky, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon to become the first team since Florida in 2001 to repeat the SEC championship
double, winning the regular-season and tournament crowns in back-to-back seasons. The double should bolster the Aggies' case for a No. 1 regional seed when the NCAA Women's tournament committee meets
“We came in as the No. 3 team in the RPI," said A&M coach G Guerrieri
. "We’re hoping now that winning the double will
give us a little bit more on our resume to maybe be one of those No. 1 seeds for the NCAA. We’ve never had that at Texas A&M and it would be a big achievement for us.”
A&M defense, led by goalkeeper Jordan Day
with six saves, logged its third consecutive shutout of the tournament. Day earned her 32nd shutout of her career
and the third of the season for the senior who missed 12 matches and 18 starts due to an injury suffered in the season-opener.
Shuffling the lineup with various players grinding
through ailments, A&M’s defense proved stout throughout the week with Ashlynn Harryman also seeing time on the backline and midfield. Janae Cousineau, who sat out Sunday’s match but
was available to play, also proved big during the first two shutouts.
The game's lone goal came in the 30th minute when Haley Pounds
corner kick that found Shea Groom
eight yards out, and the senior midfielder's header ricocheted off a Kentucky defender into the goal. Bianca Brinson
, who had the game-winning goals against Georgia and South Carolina, was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player.