A&M Faces Auburn in SEC Tournament Semifinal

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The No. 12 Aggies are looking to carry their conference tournament success over to the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M, who won five titles in its 16 years of competing at the Big 12 Championship, face Auburn in a semifinal match on Friday at 4 p.m., on the pitch at Orange Beach Sportsplex.

The Maroon and White won an SEC Western Division crown in their inaugural season in the league and finished as the No. 2 overall seed with a 10-2-1 conference ledger.

At 17-3-1, Texas A&M is also looking to bolster its resume for the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies entered the tournament ranked No. 14 in the NCAA RPI.

Texas A&M needed overtime to log a 1-0 win over South Carolina in their first-ever SEC Tournament game. It marked the third consecutive win for the Aggies, all OT victories.

Live stats for the match will be available on SECDigitalNetwork.com. Live video streaming will be available on ESPN3. Live audio from David Ellis and Curt Magnuson can be found at AggieAthletics.com

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A victory will pit Texas A&M against either Florida or Missouri in the SEC Tournament championship game at 4 p.m. on Friday. With a loss, the Aggies will head home and await their expected NCAA Tournament assignment which will be announced on Monday, Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Central.

In the ninth week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 13 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, No. 12 in the Soccer Times rankings and No. 16 in the Soccer America poll. Stanford moved into the top spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, followed by UCLA, Penn State, BYU and Florida State

The Aggies and Tigers have only met on one prior occasion and that came during the regular-season this year. Texas A&M registered a 2-0 win on September 23. The Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute when Catalina Clavijo finished off into an evacuated net after Bianca Brinson centered past the goalkeeper from the endline. After nursing a 1-0 lead for nearly 50 minutes, the Aggies put the game away when Jayne Eadie sent in a free kick from near midfield and Beth West finished it off for the 2-0 lead at the 85:02 mark. Jordan Day made four saves to record the shutout.

Auburn advanced to the semifinal contest with a penalty kick shootout decision over No. 18 Tennessee. After the game went through double overtime tied 0-0, the Tigers made all five of their penalty kicks while Tennessee only managed to make three of their first four. Texas A&M beat the Tigers, 2-0, during the regular season. Since that game, Auburn has been much improved, going 6-3-1 in the last 10 games after starting the year with a 5-6 mark. Tatiana Coleman leads the Tigers in scoring with 24 points on eight goals and eight assists. All three marks are team highs. Mary Coffed has 15 points on six goals and three assists. Tori Ball has five points. Amy Howard has played all 1939 minutes in goal, logging a 1.11 goals-against average, .811 save percentage and six shutouts.

Jayne Eadie scored in the 94th minute of action to give the Aggies their third consecutive win via the golden goal. A South Carolina defender tried to play the ball back to the netminder, but Bailey got a foot on the ball causing a fumble by the Gamecocks’ netminder. Eadie sent in the shot from 15 yards out give A&M a win in its first-ever SEC Tournament game. Jordan Day picked up the shutout in goal, her 12th of the season, moving her into fourth place on the SEC single-season list. It was the 13th shutout of the year for the Aggies who recorded their 17th win of the season, the most since logging 18 wins in 2008.

Texas A&M owns a 180-27-5 (.860) all-time record at Ellis Field (formerly Aggie Soccer Stadium). The Maroon and White have called the field home since the 1994 season, playing the inaugural 1993 season at Old Tiger Field. Since 2005, the Aggies have registered a 80-11-4 (.863) mark on the friendly pitch.

Each of the 14 schools in Southeastern Conference (SEC) sponsor women’s soccer. The conference is split into two divisions: Eastern and Western. The Aggies, LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Mississippi State comprise the SEC Western Division and Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt make up the SEC Eastern Division. The Aggies will play each of the other 13 schools in the conference this season, beginning with LSU on Sept. 14 in Baton Rouge, La.

In the 20-year history of the program, Texas A&M owns a 25-7-2 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 38-12-3 mark against current members of the SEC. The ledger includes a 14-5-1 mark against former Big 12 foe Missouri. The Aggies own winning records against Alabama (3-1), Arkansas (3-1), Auburn (1-0), Florida (4-3), Georgia (1-0), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (2-0-1), Mississippi State (1-0), Ole Miss (1-0), South Carolina (3-0) and Vanderbilt (4-0). The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-2).

Texas A&M, the reigning Big 12 champion, notched the second spot in the 2012 SEC Soccer Preseason Poll, after receiving 12 of the first-place votes for the SEC West and tallying 89 points overall. The Aggies were picked to win the Western Division and to finish behind Eastern Division favorite Florida, who earned 90 points in the poll. LSU received two first-place votes for the SEC West and was picked to finish second in the division, while Georgia was picked to finish second in the East.

The Aggies’ 23-player roster features nine upperclassmen, 10 sophomores and 4 freshmen. A&M’s squad is guided by seven seniors. The team returns eight starters and 19 letterwinners from a year ago.

The Aggies senior class owns a 60-20-9 record over the last four years. According to research done by CollegeSoccer360.com, Texas A&M’s senior class is tied for 10th for the most wins over the last four years.

The Aggies welcome four freshmen this season, in Janae Cousineau (San Clemente, Calif.), Kristi Leonard (League City, Texas), Karlie Mueller (Sioux Falls, S.D.), and Jackie Tondl (Omaha, Neb.).

Sophomores Kelley Monogue, Meghan Streight and Katie Perry and senior Beth West were named to the SEC Preseason Watch List on Aug. 8.

Sophomore Annie Kunz was ranked No. 23 and listed as the No. 10 forward. Sophomore midfielder Meghan Streight was ranked No. 39 on the list as a defender and Kelley Monogue, who was slowed early by injury, was ranked No. 92 on the list as a forward.

The Aggies ranked No. 5 in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Preseason Rankings and placed three players on the publication’s SEC Top 20 List. Monogue landed at the top of the list with a No. 1 ranking and was joined in the top 10 by No. 5 Perry and No. 9 West. The Aggies were the only team in the SEC to have three honorees on the list and one of only two schools with multiple players in the top 10.

Monogue was placed on the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List. The award is the highest honor in collegiate soccer and will be given to a winner on Jan. 11. The field will be narrowed to 15 semifinalists in late November, and three finalists will be named on Dec. 6.

The Aggies won their 12th-and-final Big 12 Championship during the 2011 conference tournament. With just 15 seconds left in the Championship match, Tournament MVP and then-freshman Kelley Monogue weaved through three defenders and ricocheted a shot off of the left post that found then-senior Megan Majewski at 18 yards from goal. Majewski fired with nine seconds on the clock and netted the 1-0 goal against Oklahoma State to win the tournament. The Aggies were the only school in the conference to earn a Big 12 Tournament berth in the 16 years of its existence.

Since the 2008 season, the Aggies own a 17-0-3 mark against in-state rivals, including an 11-0-3 record against their former Big 12 Conference colleagues. A&M went a perfect 3-0 against in-state foes in 2011, winning the three games by a combined 7-1 margin. This season, the Aggies won their lone scheduled match against a Lone Star opponent, 2-0 against UTSA.

Sophomore Jordan Day ranks seventh in the nation in goals-against average with a 0.469 mark. She has allowed just 10 goals in 1,916minutes of action. Day has recorded shutouts in 12 of the Aggies’ 20 games. She now has 21 career shutouts and is the only player in school history to record seven consecutive shutouts. Nationally, Maggie Cropp of Mercer ranks first in GAA at 0.256, allowing three goals in 1,056 minutes of action. Day also ranks seventh in goal minutes played with 1,822.

With the 2012 No. 14 preseason ranking, A&M has been in the preseason national top 15 every year for 17 consecutive seasons. The Aggies have also consistently appeared in top 25 polls for the past 16 years.

The Aggies have scored on a set piece at least one time in 10 of their 13 conference games this season. In SEC action, A&M has 14 set piece goals, including four corner kicks, nine free kicks and one penalty kick. The Aggies added a goal on a set piece (a free kick) in their 4-0 win against Vanderbilt.

The Aggies’ recent nine-game win streak ranks sixth in school annals tied with runs made in both 1996 and 1997. The school record is 13 consecutive wins encompassing the last 10 games of the 1994 season and the first three games of the 1995 campaign. Texas A&M won 11 consecutive games in 2001 and strung together 10-game win streaks in 1995, 2006 and 2007.

Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri ranks among the Top 10 in both winning percentage and victories among active Division I coaches. With a career record of 352-110-25 (.747), he ranks seventh in winning percentage (minimum five years as a Division I head coach) and eighth in victories, recently passing SMU’s Chris Petrucelli. With James Madison’s season over, Guerrieri has an opportunity to make up ground on David Lombardo who stands in seventh on the victories list with 356. Among all coaches to ever coach Division I women’ soccer, Guerrieri ranks eighth in winning percentage (minimum 10 years as a Division I head coach) and ninth in victories.

Texas A&M are one of 10 teams with at least a dozen shutouts on the season. The Aggies 13 shutouts are tied for second among NCAA Division I schools. Florida State leads the nation with 14 shtouts on the year. A&M ranks ninth in shutout percentage at .619 (13 shutouts in 21 games). Florida State leads the nation at .778 (14 shutouts in 18 games).

The 10 goals by Aggie opponents through the first 21 games is the fewest in school history. The previous low was the 1997 season when Texas A&M yielded 13 goals through 21 games. Last season, the Maroon and White allowed 25 goals en route to a 14-5-2 start.

Texas A&M ranks fifth in NCAA Division I with a 0.466 goals-against average with nine goals in 1,932 minutes. The Aggies trail Florida State (0.388), UCLA (0.434) and Baylor (.445).

A&M faced a tough non-conference schedule. The Aggies’ seven games against non-SEC opponents include UC Irvine, San Diego (RV), UTSA, No. 16 Rutgers, Saint Mary’s (Calif.), No. 16 Long Beach State and Central Michigan. A&M went 6-1-0 in non-conference action with the lone blemish coming in a 1-0 loss at San Diego.

• Annie Kunz enters the game ranked fifth in the SEC in points (23) and eighth in points per game (1.10)
• Kelley Monogue is tied for 10th in points (18)
• Kunz ranks fourth in goals (11) and sixth in goals per game (0.52)
• Monogue ranks fifth in goals (9) and ranks seventh in goals per game (0.45)
• Jayne Eadie is tied for second with eight assists and ranks fifth in assists per game (0.38)
• Meghan Streight is tied for eighth with six assists
• Kunz is tied for the league lead with four game-winning goals
• Jordan Day leads the conference with a 0.47 goals-against average, a .880 save percentage and 12 shutouts.

With her shutout against Vanderbilt, Jordan Day claimed the school record for most shutouts in a season. She now owns 12 on the year, passing Ester Thompson who is listed as having 9.5 in 2001 and Melanie Wilson who is credited with 9.3 in 1999. Day also registered nine shutouts last season and her 21 career shutouts rank third behind only Wilson (32.3) and Kati Jo Spisak (24.0).

Entering the tournament, Day ranked seventh in the nation in goals-against average (.494), 12th in save percentage (.877) and 14th in goalie minutes (1822:55).

The Aggies rank third in the nation in average goal scoring margin against opponents in the RPI Top 80 with a scoring margin of +1.50. A&M trails only Stanford (+2.07) and UCLA (+2.00) in the category.

1 Stanford +2.07
2 UCLA +2.00
t-3 Texas A&M +1.50
t-3 Penn State +1.50
5 BYU +1.22
6 North Carolina +1.07
7 Baylor +1.00
t-8 Duke +0.92
t-8 Florida State +0.92
10 San Diego State +0.78

At 17-3-1, the Aggies have their ninth consecutive 15-win season dating back to 2004. In their 20 seasons, the only two years the Aggies have not reached the 15-win plateau are 1998 (14-8) and 2003 (13-6-3). The school record for victories stands at 20, set in 2002 with a 20-5-1 mark.

The Aggies currently rank 10th in the nation in average goal scoring margin. A&M is outscoring opponents by an average of 1.62 goals per game. The Maroon and White trail only Marquette (+2.17), Penn State (+2.16), Stanford (+2.00), BYU (+1.89), UCF (+1.89), UCLA (+1.83), Baylor (+1.79), Virginia (+1.74) and Florida State (+1.72).

The Aggies’ recent 12-game unbeaten string (11-0-1) trails only a 16-game string in 2002 when the Maroon and White went 15-0-1. The Aggies also registered a 12-game string in 2007 when A&M went 11-0-1.

This year the Aggie Soccer Hour, Texas A&M soccer’s weekly radio talk show, is broadcast live from Rudy’s Bar-B-Que on Harvey Rd. in College Station every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. Come and be a part of the show each week, listen locally on KZNE 1150 AM or worldwide on RadioAggieland.com. Each week, Aggie soccer play-by-play announcer David Ellis will be joined by head coach G Guerrieri, associate head coach Phil Stephenson, and Aggie players.

The Aggie soccer team will be on the tube four times during the regular-season. Thus far, the Maroon and White are 2-1 on television. A&M beat Long Beach State, 3-0, in a Sept. 7 match featured as a NSCAA College Game of the Week on the FOX Soccer Channel. Texas A&M topped Mississippi State, 2-0, in a match on Cox Sports TV. The Aggies were edged out by No. 18 Florida, 2-1, in an ESPNU game on Oct. 7. The Missouri game on Oct. 25 will be on SportSouth/ESPN3.

The Aggies have a tradition of success at conference tournaments. A&M posted a 23-10-4 record at the Big 12 Championship and won the title in five of the tournament’s first 16 years. The Aggies won titles in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2011.

Current A&M standouts Annie Kunz, Kelley Monogue and Meghan Streight were all named to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team last season as the Maroon and White captured their fifth tournament title in 2011.

The Aggies needed PKs to advance in the first round against Kansas. The Jayhawks took a 2-0 lead at the 73:36 mark. A&M turned on the lights and tied the game less than two minutes later. Allie Bailey assisted on a Merritt Mathias goal at 74:23 and Nora Skelton and Beth West assisted on a Kunz goal at 75:35. The Aggies took the lead at 79:16 when Mathias and Kunz assisted on a Monogue goal for the 3-2 advantage. A&M appeared headed to the win, when Kansas’ Caroline Kastor scored an improbable goal with three second left to knot the game at 3-3. After two scoreless overtime time periods the game went to a penalty kick shootout. Bailey, Kunz, Streight, Lenz and Mathias all made their PKs to send the Aggies to a 5-3 PK win.

The second round was a little easier as Texas A&M toppled Missouri, 3-0. Mathias, Monogue and Kunz scored goals and Day made two saves for the shutout.

The Aggies scored a dramatic victory in the title game. Megan Majewski scored on an assist from Monogue with nine seconds remaining in the second half to send Texas A&M to a 1-0 win over regular-season champion Oklahoma State. Day made three saves in goal for the shutout.

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