Aggies Face Florida in Sunday’s SEC Tournament Championship

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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama - The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 5 Florida Gators meet in the SEC Tournament Championship at 1 pm Sunday at Orange Beach Sportsplex. Texas A&M is playing in its first SEC Tournament Championship and the 12th tournament title match in the 21-year history of the program. The Aggies played in 10 Big 12 Championship title matches, winning the crowns in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2011 and one SWC Tournament title match. Sunday’s match features the league’s two co-champions from the regular-season. Florida won the regular-season match, 2-0, in Gainesville.

Sunday’s match will be televised on ESPNU and streamed on the internet at ESPN3. Live stats may be found at Every match this season will feature free live audio on RadioAggieland and The match can also be heard on satellite radio on XM 199 or Sirius 112.

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The Aggies are 3-1 all-time in the SEC Tournament, including their 1-0 win over Auburn on Wednesday afternoon and Friday’s 2-1 victory over South Carolina.

In 2012, A&M advanced to the semifinal with a 1-0 overtime win against South Carolina. In the 94th minute, Jayne Eadie scored on a rebound off a Allie Bailey shot. Jordan Day made two saves in the shutout. In the semifinal match last year, the Maroon and White bowed out with a 2-0 loss to Auburn, despite holding a 19-6 advantage in shots. The Tigers scored both goals in the second half with tallies by Maddie Barnes and Tatiana Coleman. It took a heroic effort by Amy Howard who made nine saves in goal and the Tigers added a pair of team saves by the defense to preserve the shutout.

At 16-4-1, the Aggies secured their 10th consecutive 15-win season dating back to 2004. In their 21 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.

· Rachel Lenz leads active Aggies in conference tournament matches with nine appearances, including two in 2010, three in 2011, two in 2012 and one this season.
· Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue lead active Aggies in scoring with five points each on two goals and one assist. Allie Bailey has four points on one goal and two assists and Keester has four points on two goals.
· Jordan Day has recorded four shutouts in seven conference tournament matches, including a 1-0 shutout against Oklahoma State in the 2011 Big 12 Championship game.

The Aggies feature the most balanced offensive attack in the SEC. A&M is the only team in the league with four players to log at least six goals on the season. The Aggies are headlined by Shea Groom with 12 goals, followed by Liz Keester with nine goals, Allie Bailey with eight goals and Kelley Monogue with six. A&M and Arkansas are the only SEC teams with six players with at least 10 points on the year. Groom leads the Maroon and White with 30 points, followed by Keester (22), Bailey (20), Monogue (16), Bianca Brinson (13) and Karlie Mueller (10).

Rachel Lenz is one of the most experienced players in NCAA Division I. Entering the SEC Tournament, Lenz ranked 20th in the nation and fourth in the SEC with 88 matches. She trails only Florida’s Taylor Travis (91), South Carolina’s Danielle Au (90) and Gabrielle Gilbert (89).

The Aggies are playing in their 12th conference tournament championship match and their first as a member of the SEC. A&M played in the Big 12 Championship title game on 10 occasions, winning the title in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2011 and finishing as runner-up in 1996, 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2009. The Aggies also played in the lone SWC Tournament Championship in 1995, losing to SMU in overtime, 4-2.

1995 SWC SMU 4, Texas A&M 2 (ot)
1996 Big 12 Nebraska 1, Texas A&M 0 (2ot)
1997 Big 12 Texas A&M 3, Nebraska 1
2000 Big 12 Nebraska 4, Texas A&M 1
2001 Big 12 Texas A&M 1, Texas 0
2002 Big 12 Nebraska 1, Texas A&M 0
2004 Big 12 Texas A&M 3, Texas 0
2005 Big 12 Texas A&M 2, Colorado 1 (2ot)
2007 Big 12 Texas 2, Texas A&M 1
2009 Big 12 Oklahoma State 1, Texas A&M 0
2011 Big 12 Texas A&M 1, Oklahoma State 0

With A&M’s 2-1 win against South Carolina, Jordan Day moved into third place on the Aggies’ career list for goalkeeper victories with 48. Jordan Day enters Sunday with a 48-15-4 record. Kati Jo Spisak owns the school record with her 69-21-6 mark from 2002-05. Melanie Wilson (1996-99) ranks second with 66 wins. Day posted a 13-6-2 mark as a freshman and followed it up with a 19-5-1 mark last year.

Texas A&M has logged three or more goals in a half on five occasions this season. The Aggies scored five goals in a half on two occasions, including the second half against San Diego and the first half against Mississippi State. The Maroon and White notched four goals in the second half against Cal Poly. A&M scored three goals in the second half against Mississippi State and the first half against Vanderbilt.

After scoring 18 goals in the first nine matches of the season (2.00 gpm), the Aggies have erupted to tally 33 goals over the last 12 (2.75 gpm), all against SEC opposition. The Aggies have scored at least three goals in six of the last 12 matches, including eight against Mississippi State (8-0), four against Arkansas (4-3, ot) and three each against Vanderbilt (3-0), Auburn (3-1), Alabama (3-0) and LSU (3-2). Over the span, Shea Groom leads the team in scoring with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. Allie Bailey has 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Liz Keester has added 14 points on six goals and two assists.

The Aggies have a tradition of success at conference tournaments with an overall mark of 26-11-4 in league tournaments, including a 3-1 mark in SEC Tournament play.

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 in 2011 as the Maroon and White captured their fifth tournament title. The run included a tie against Kansas, 3-3, advancing on PKs, and wins against Missouri (3-0) and Oklahoma State (1-0) in the championship match.

The Aggies’ 2005 championship run opened with a win against Missouri (3-1) followed by victories over Nebraska (4-2) and Colorado (2-1).

In 2004, A&M outscored Oklahoma State, Colorado and Texas by a combined 9-1 margin including a 3-0 win over the Longhorns in the championship match.

The Aggies won the 2001 title with three one-goal wins, including an OT win over Oklahoma in the quarterfinal (1-0), followed by wins over Nebraska (3-2) and Texas (1-0).

In 1997, the Maroon and White needed just two wins to capture the crown, posting 3-1 wins over both Texas and Nebraska.

With her two goals against Cal Poly, Kelley Monogue passed Kristen Strutz (34 - 2000-03) for seventh place on A&M’s career goals list with 35. The next targets on the list will be No. 6 Heather Ragsdale (37 - 1999-2002) and No. 5 Melissa Garey (39 - 2004-07). Ashlee Pistorius owns the school career record with 81 goals from 2004-07.

The McKinney native ranks 23rd among all active NCAA Division I players with her 35 goals and sixth among non-seniors. Monogue scored 19 goals as a freshman and added 10 more in her sophomore campaign when she was hindered by injury.

With her assist on a Shea Groom goal in the first half against Alabama, Kelley Monogue moved into ninth place on A&M’s career points. She now owns 83 career points and next on the list is Melissa Garey with 91 points between 2004-07.

With her goal in the Aggies’ 3-1 win against Auburn, Annie Kunz became the 11th player in school history to reach the 30-goal plateau for their career. The junior forward has nine points on the year with four goals and one assist. For her career, Kunz has notched 71 points on 31 goals and nine assists. As a freshman, Kunz logged 35 points on 14 goals and seven assists. Last season, the Golden, Colorado native notched 27 points on 13 goals and one assist.

Kelley Monogue has two multiple goal matches on the season, with two-goal efforts against San Diego and Cal Poly. For her career, Monogue has logged multiple goals in 11 matches. Last season, she did the deed on three occasions with two goals apiece against Rutgers, Kentucky and Arkansas. As a freshman, Monogue rattled off six multi-goal efforts, including a hat trick against Fordham and two-goal matches against McNeese State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Drake and Oklahoma. The Texas Tech, Drake and Oklahoma efforts were in consecutive matches.

The Aggies had an eight-match conference win streak snapped by the Florida Gators. It marked their longest as a member of the SEC. Last season, A&M won its first four games to start SEC play. The streak also marked their longest conference win streak since winning eight matches in a row in Big 12 play from Sept 26 to Oct 24, 2010. The school record is a 14-game win streak in Big 12 action between Oct 4, 1996 and Oct 10, 1997. A&M also boasts a 12-match Big 12 win streak between Oct 21 2005 and Oct 22 2006, a nine-match Big 12 win streak between Oct 11, 1998 and Aug 29, 1999 and an eight-match Big 12 win streak from Oct 19, 2001 and Oct 6, 2002.

Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri ranks among the Top 10 in both winning percentage and victories among Division I coaches. With a career record of 370-117-26 (.747), he ranks sixth in winning percentage (minimum five years as a Division I head coach) and seventh in victories, passing SMU’s Chris Petrucelli during the 2012 campaign and William & Mary’s John Daly this season (369). Guerrieri is looking to make up ground on James Madison’s David Lombardo (371) who stands in sixth place on the victories list.

With her three-goal performance in the Aggies’ 3-1 win over UMass, Shea Groom posted the first hat trick of her career and the 33rd in the history of the program. She logged the Aggies’ first hat trick since Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue both did the deed in a 13-1 win over Fordham. Groom, Kunz and Monogue are the only active Aggies to own a hat trick, with Kunz having two of them, including three-goal efforts against both Fordham and McNeese State in 2011. The school record for goals in a game are Ashlee Pistorius, who logged four goals on two occasions against Baylor (10/28/05 & 11/2/07), and Yvette Okler, who notched four goals against Texas (10/31/93). Bryn Blalack has the most hat tricks in school history with six and Pistorius ranks second with five.

The Aggies have had a player record multiple-goal games on eight occasions in 2013. Shea Groom leads the team with three multiple-goal matches while Liz Keester and Kelley Monogue have each registered a pair. Meghan Streight has added one. Groom logged a hat trick against UMass and two goals versus Mississippi State and Alabama. Keester notched two goals in an SEC Tournament semifinal win over South Carolina and tallied two goals against Arkansas, including a golden goal in overtime. Monogue notched two goals in games against San Diego and Cal Poly. Streight recorded two goals against Mississippi State.

Last season Jordan Day set the A&M single-season shutout mark with 14, 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 in 2011 and her 28 career shutouts currently ranks second behind only Wilson (32). In 2012, Day ranked third in the nation in goalie minutes (2271:13) and led the country with 14 shutouts. She tied the SEC school record with seven consecutive shutouts.

Liz Keester scored two goals in the first 12 minutes of action and A&M held on for the 2-1 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks in an SEC Tournament semifinal game. It marked Keester’s second career multi-goal match. The Gamecocks’ scored their lone goal in the 25th minute, but neither team could muster a goal in the second stanza. The Aggies owned a 16-9 advantage shots and a 7-4 edge in corner kicks for the match. Jordan Day picked up her 48th career victory to move into third place on A&M’s list for career goalkeeper wins.

The Gators enter Sunday’s Championship with a nine-match win streak. Florida is currently 17-3-1 on the year and the Gators shared the SEC regular-season title with Texas A&M, posting a 9-2-0 league ledger. UF won their SEC Tournament quarterfinal match against Arkansas, 1-0, and toppled Ole Miss in the semifinal match, 2-1. Florida’s SEC regular-season victories came against Alabama (3-0), Ole Miss (4-1), Auburn (3-0), Mississippi State (1-0 - 2ot), Kentucky (3-0), LSU (3-0), Tennessee (3-0), Texas A&M (2-0) and Georgia (5-1). The Gators dropped SEC matches to Missouri (1-0) and South Carolina (2-1 ot). In non-conference action, Florida has wins over Florida Gulf Coast (3-1), Oregon State (3-1), Florida International (4-0), Oklahoma (3-0), Oklahoma State (2-0) and Minnesota (2-0). The Gators non-conference blemishes came against Florida State (L, 3-0) and South Florida (1-1 - 2ot). Florida currently leads the league with a 0.55 goals-against average, allowing 12 goals in 1947 minutes, and ranks third in scoring with 49 goals in 21 matches (2.33 gpm). Savannah Jordan was voted the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches and she leads the league in goals (22) and points (45). Havana Solaun has 25 points on eight goals and nine assists. Taylor Burke has played 1,389 minutes in goal for Florida, leads the SEC with a 0.45 goals-against average and boasts eight shutouts.

The Aggies and Gators are tied at 4-4-0 in their all-time series. Florida has won the last three matchups, including 3-2 in Knoxville in 2011, 2-1 in College Station last season and 2-0 earlier this season in Gainesville. The Maroon and White won the first two matches of the series with a 3-2 victory in Gainesville in 1995 and a 2-1 win in College Station in 1996. A&M was also victorious in Gainesville in 2000 (3-1) and 2008 (2-1 - NCAA Tournament). Florida triumphed in College Station, 1-0, in overtime during the 1998 campaign.

In the 20-year history of the program, Texas A&M owns a 34-9-3 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 49-15-3 mark against current members of the SEC. The ledger includes a 15-5-1 mark against former Big 12 foe Missouri. The Aggies own winning records against Alabama (4-1), Arkansas (4-1), Auburn (3-1), Georgia (2-0), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (3-0-1), Mississippi State (2-0), Ole Miss (2-0), South Carolina (4-0) and Vanderbilt (5-0). The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-3). The Aggies are 4-4 all-time against Florida.

In their first season in the SEC, the Aggies went 10-2-1 and won the SEC Western Division crown, in the last season the league will recognize divisional champions, in 2012. Texas A&M posted shutouts in eight of its 13 league matches, including the first four of the season. The Maroon and White outscored league opponents 29-7 and went unbeaten on the road with a 5-0-1 ledger. The blemishes to the Aggies’ record were provided by Kentucky (T, 2-2), Florida (L, 2-1) and Tennessee (L, 1-0).

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 19-0-4 mark against in-state rivals, including an 11-0-3 record against their former Big 12 Conference colleagues. A&M went a perfect 2-0 against in-state foes in 2012, winning the two games by a combined 3-0 margin with a 2-0 win vs. UTSA in the regular-season and a 1-0 win over Stephen F Austin in the opening round of the NCAA Championship. This season, Texas A&M is 1-0-1 against Lone Star foe, topping UTSA 1-0 in the second game of the season and tying Baylor 0-0 in the sixth game of the year.

Texas A&M owns a 198-29-6 (.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 81-11-7 mark on the friendly pitch.

Junior Meghan Streight 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. 10. The field will be narrowed to 15 semifinalists in late November, and three finalists will be named in December.

The Aggies ranked No. 12 in’s Preseason Rankings and placed five players on the publication’s SEC Top 20 List. Juniors Meghan Streight (No. 2), Annie Kunz (No. 3), Jordan Day (No. 5), Shea Groom (No. 17) and senior Rachel Lenz were named to the Top 20 Players to Watch list in the SEC according to The Aggies led the way with four players in the top-six and led all teams with five players named to the top-20 list.

Texas A&M finished the 2012 campaign tied with UCF for third in NCAA Division I with 15 shutouts on the season. Marquette and Florida State led the nation with 17 shutouts on the year. A&M finished tied for seventh in shutout percentage at .600 (15 shutouts in 25 games). Marquette led the nation at .739 (16 shutouts in 23 games). This season, the Aggies have seven shutouts in 20 matches.

Texas A&M junior goalkeeper Jordan Day was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on September 9. The Gilbert, Arizona native was recognized for her efforts in a week in which she allowed just one goal in 200 minutes of action as the Aggies defeated San Diego, 6-1, on Friday and played No. 9 Baylor to a double-overtime, 0-0, draw on Sunday.

On Friday night, she registered the 35th victory of her career to move into a tie with Kelly Dyer (2007-10) for fifth place on A&M’s career list for goalkeeper wins. Day earned her second shutout of the season and the 25th of her career on Sunday, making six saves against the Bears and winning all four of Baylor’s corner kicks in the air. This marks Day’s second career SEC Defensive Player of the Week honor as she also earned the award on September, 24 2012.

On September 30, Karlie Mueller was recognized for her efforts in a week in which the Aggies were the only SEC team to record multiple shutouts, with an 8-0 win over Mississippi State and a 3-0 victory over Vanderbilt. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota native also provided a spark for the A&M offense with five assists on the weekend, including four on set pieces. All five of her well-placed services found the head of an Aggie.

In Friday night’s drubbing of Mississippi State, Mueller spearheaded a defense that held the Bulldogs without a shot-on-goal for the entire match and held All-SEC forward Elisabeth Sullivan to just one shot. She also served up three assists, including one on a corner kick and two on free kicks. On Sunday, Mueller offered up two more assists, including her third of the weekend on a free kick. The Aggie defense held Vanderbilt to four shots-on-goal for the match.

On October 14, Liz Keester was named the SEC Freshman of the Week, becoming the first Aggie to ever earn the honor. Keester earned the recognition following a two-goal performance in A&M’s only match of the week, a 4-3 overtime win over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Keester opened the scoring in the third minute of action with a goal from 15 yards out and capped of the win with a golden goal from 20 yards out to extend the Aggies’ win streak to five matches.

Texas A&M’s G Guerrieri was named the SEC Coach of the Year according to a vote by the league’s head coaches. It marked the first-ever SEC Coach of the Year honor for Guerrieri who garnered Coach of the Year accolades on two occasions in the Big 12. The Aggies finished the regular-season with a 14-4-1 overall mark and they claimed an SEC regular-season crown with 27 points, on a 9-2-0 league ledger, to tie the Florida Gators for the top spot. After dropping the league opener at Tennessee, the Aggies’ went on a conference-best eight match win streak before losing to the Gators in Gainesville. The Maroon and White clinched a share of the title last Thursday with a 3-2 win over LSU at Ellis field. On October 20, Guerrieri recorded his 350th victory at Texas A&M with the Aggies’ 2-1 win at Georgia. He owns a 352-105-25 (.756) mark leading the Maroon and White charges. During his 22 years in College Station, he has led the Aggies to 18 NCAA Tournaments, 11 NCAA Sweet Sixteens, four NCAA Quarterfinals, eight conference regular-season titles and five conference tournament crowns.

A&M forward Liz Keester was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. In her first season in the Maroon and White, she ranks second on the team in both points (18) and goals (7). Having played in 19 games, including four starts, Keester has the game-winning goal on three occasions, including a dramatic golden goal in the Aggies’ 4-3 overtime win against Arkansas. She was named the SEC Rookie of the Week on October 14.

Texas A&M led the SEC with five players on the 27-player all-league squad. The Aggies had two players named All-SEC First Team, including midfielder Shea Groom and defender Meghan Streight. Goalkeeper Jordan Day, defender Leigh Edwards and midfielder Kelley Monogue garnered All-SEC Second Team. This marks the second honor for Groom, who last season was named an All-SEC Second Team performer at forward. Streight has earned all-conference recognition on three occasions, including All-SEC First Team status each of the last two years. Day earned her second All-SEC honor, gracing the First Team in 2012 when she was also a NSCAA All-South Region First Team performer. It was the first all-conference selection for Edwards. Nagged by a knee injury in 2012, Monogue missed out on All-SEC honors as a sophomore, but she dominated the awards circuit in 2011 as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Big 12 Rookie of the Year, All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 Tournament Most Valuable Player, NSCAA All-Central Region First Team and Soccer America All-Freshman First Team.

A&M is the first team to register five All-SEC players in a year since Florida in 2010 and the only team to accomplish the feat in the 14-team era. They are only the sixth team to register at least five All-SEC players in a year. Vanderbilt set the mark with seven in 1995 when the league had 11 soccer-playing members. In the 12-team era, Florida registered five All-SEC players in 1996, 1999 and 2010 and Tennessee tallied five in 2004. After the Aggies’ five All-SEC honorees, Florida, Kentucky and LSU were the only other schools with more than two, checking in with three apiece. A&M, Florida, Ole Miss and South Carolina were the only schools to have multiple first-teamers with the Gators boasting three to lead the way.

The Aggies’ 21-player roster features 11 upperclassmen, four sophomores and six freshmen. A&M’s squad is guided by two seniors. The team returns seven starters and 14 letterwinners from a year ago.

The Aggies returned 188 of their 275 starts on the pitch from 2012 (68.4 percent). The bulk of lost starts were from graduated senior Lyndsey Gnatzig (25 starts) and Jayne Eadie (22). Other starts lost include Lindsey Witz (16), Beth West (13), Katie Perry (8) and Chelsea Jones (3). Returnees Jordan Day, Rachel Lenz and Meghan Streight started all 25 matches in 2012. Other returnees to log 20 or more starts, include Allie Bailey (23) and Shea Groom (23).

The Aggies welcome six freshmen and one senior transfer this season, in Taylor Saucier (Omaha, Neb.), Liz Keester (Tulsa, Okla.), Ashlynn Harryman (Dana Point, Calif.), Ana Cruz (San Diego, Calif.), Grace Wright (College Station, Texas), Sarah Shaw (Keller, Texas) and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Campo de Criptana, Spain).

Spanish native and former Aggie tennis standout Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar joined the squad for the 2013 season. She concluded her tennis eligibility by becoming A&M’s first two-time All-American. Sanchez-Quintanar was ranked as high as No. 3 during her senior campaign. She was also the first player in A&M history to win 40 or matches twice during a career. She went 81-15 with the Aggies and her .765 all-time winning percentage set a school record. In 2012-13, she went 41-9 overall and 27-7 against ranked opponents. As a junior, Sanchez-Quintanar went 40-6 overall, setting an A&M record for highest winning percentage in a season (.870). She transferred to A&M from Maryland where in her lone season she became the first Terp to ever advance to the NCAA round of 32.

Sanchez-Quintanar played in seven matches as a member of the Maryland Terrapins squad in 2010. She played 71 minutes of action as Maryland reached the finals of the ACC Championship, earned the NCAA No. 1 seed and finished 18-2-3.

This season, Sanchez-Quintanar has appeared in 10 matches, logging 210 minutes. She recorded her first career goal capping off the scoring in an 8-0 win over Mississippi State.

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