COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The 17th-ranked Aggies host the Texas A&M Invitational, featuring the No. 17 Aggies, No. 16 Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) Gaels and Sam Houston State Bearkats, over the weekend.
On Friday, the Maroon and White play Rutgers in a 7 p.m. contest at Ellis Field. The match follows the tournament opener between Sam Houston State and Saint Mary’s at 4 p.m.
On Sunday, Texas A&M hosts Saint Mary’s in a 1:30 p.m. match. The contest will follow a 10:30 meeting between Rutgers and Sam Houston State.
The Aggies are in the middle of a five-game homestand. They opened the stretch with a 2-0 win against the UTSA Roadrunners last Saturday evening.
For Sunday’s match, children 12-and-under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Up to four children may be admitted free per adult. All who attended Impact Camp or T-Camp and wear their t-shirt to the game will gain free admission.
Season and individual tickets for the 2012 home season are now for sale. To purchase tickets, please contact the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at tickets.12thmanfoundation.com, 979-845-2311 or toll free at 1-888-99-AGGIE. Tickets are also available in person beginning one hour before the match at Ellis Field.
The Aggies continue their five-game homestand with a non-conference slate against the No. 11 Long Beach State 49ers at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 7. The game is slated for television as a Fox Soccer Channel NSCAA College Game of the Week.
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WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In the second week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 17 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, No. 15 in the Soccer Times rankings and No. 23 in the CollegeSoccer360.com composite poll. Florida State claimed the top spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, followed by UCLA, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Pepperdine.
LAST TIME OUT - UTSA
The Aggies improved to 19-1 all-time in home openers with a 2-0 win against the Roadrunners. Annie Kunz collected a loose ball off her own shot and put it past the keeper with 18 seconds left in the first half to give Texas A&M a 1-0 lead at the intermission. Meghan Streight added a second goal, putting her head on a corner kick offering by Chelsea Jones nine minutes into the second half. Jordan Day posted the shutout in goal for the Aggies in front of 4,334 fans in attendance for the annual Fish Camp Match.
AT THE TOP AGAIN
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.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 171-25-5 (.863) 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 66-8-6 mark on the friendly pitch.
LONE STAR DOMINANCE
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.
Rutgers is 4-0 for the first time since the 207 season. The Scarlet Knights opened the season with a 3-0 win at Monmouth and continued their run of success with home victories against Ohio State, Bucknell and Siena. Jonelle Filigno has earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors in each of the first two weeks. She has registered five goals on the season. Rutgers has been platooning netminders this season with Emily Simpkins playing the first half of every match and Jessica Janosz playing the second half and overtime periods. Janosz owns a 0.00 GAA and has earned all four victories on the year. Simpkins has a 0.50 GAA with five saves.
SCOUTING SAINT MARY’S
Saint Mary’s enters Friday afternoon’s match versus Sam Houston State with a 1-2 record on the season. The Gaels opened the year with a 2-0 win at Portland State before dropping decisions at Seattle and USC. Katy Roby is Saint Mary’s leading scorer with one goal and two assists. Saint Mary’s has been outshot 70-22 on the year.
The Aggies will be facing Rutgers for the first time on the pitch. Texas A&M is 1-0 all-time against Saint Mary’s. The Aggies and Gaels squared off in 2009 as part of the California Invitational in Berkeley. Tenth-ranked Texas A&M posted a 2-1 win with goals by Bri Young and Amber Gnatzig.
MEET THE SEC
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.
AGAINST THE SEC
In the 19-year history of the program, Texas A&M owns a 14-5-1 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 27-10-2 mark against current members of the SEC. The ledger includes a 13-5-1 mark against former Big 12 foe Missouri. The Aggies own winning records against Alabama (2-1), Arkansas (2-1), Florida (4-2), Kentucky (1-0), LSU (1-0-1), South Carolina (1-0) and Vanderbilt (3-0). The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-1). The Aggies have never faced Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State or Ole Miss.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONS
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.
SEC PRESEASON POLL
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.
FOUR AGGIES ON SEC PRESEASON WATCH LIST
Sophomores Kelley Monogue, Meghan Streight and Katie Perry and senior Beth West were named to the SEC Preseason Watch List on Aug. 8.
MAC HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
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.
TOP DRAWER SOCCER HONORS
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.
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 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.).
A&M will play a difficult home slate, hosting 12 opponents at Ellis Field including seven SEC foes. The Aggies’ are in the middle of a five-game homestand, the longest on this year’s schedule.
A&M faces 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. 11 Long Beach State and Central Michigan.
A&M IN HOME OPENERS
With its 2-0 win over UTSA on Aug. 25, Texas A&M is 19-1 all-time in home openers. Fifteen of the Aggies 20 home openers also doubled as season openers with A&M going posting a 14-1 mark in those games. In the five years that the Aggies did not open the season at home (1993-94, ‘96, 2001 and ‘12), they outscored their opponents by a combined 28-3 margin when finally debuting in College Station. In 1993, A&M did not appear at home until the eighth game of the season when the Aggies handed Oral Roberts an 11-0 defeat.
THE AGGIE SOCCER HOUR
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.
AGGIE SOCCER ON TV
The Aggie soccer team will be on the tube four times this season. The team’s Sept. 7 match vs. Long Beach State will be the NSCAA College Game of the Week and will be aired on the FOX Soccer Channel. The Sept. 30 match at Mississippi State will be on Cox Sports TV, the Oct. 7 Florida game will be on ESPNU and the Missouri game on Oct. 25 will be on SportSouth/ESPN3. The CST and SportSouth matches will also be on ESPN3.com and the ESPNU match will be streamed on WatchESPN.