COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies host the LSU Tigers in the regular-season finale at 7 pm on Thursday. The Maroon and White enter Thursday with a chance to win share of their first-ever SEC regular-season title. A win against LSU guarantees a title for the Aggies. A tie or loss would require assistance from outside parties to claim a title. The two teams enter the match headed in opposite directions. A&M has won eight of its last nine matches. LSU, which was in first place in the league ledger just over two weeks ago, has lost its last four matches and has fallen back to sixth place.
If the Aggies win... A win would give the Aggies 27 points in the SEC standings. A&M would claim an outright title if Florida loses or ties at Georgia on Thursday. The Aggies and Gators would share the title if Florida wins and the Gators would claim the No. 1 seed at the SEC Tournament.
If the Aggies tie... A tie would give the Aggies 25 points in the SEC standings. A Florida win over Georgia would give the Gators an outright title. A Florida tie would make A&M and the Gators co-champions and South Carolina could win a share of the title with a win home win against Kentucky on Thursday. A three-way tie with Florida and South Carolina would give A&M the No. 1 seed at the SEC Tournament. The Aggies would have the No. 1 seed in a two-way tie with South Carolina and Florida would have the No. 1 seed if the Aggies and Gators shared the title at 25 points.
If the Aggies lose... A loss would keep A&M at 24 points in the SEC standings. A win or tie by Florida and/or a win by South Carolina in their home match against Kentucky on Thursday would leave the Aggies without a share of the title. If Florida loses and Kentucky defeats South Carolina, the Gators, Wildcats and Aggies would be co-champions with Florida claiming the No. 1 seed, A&M taking the No. 2 seed and the Wildcats seeded at No. 3. If Florida loses and Kentucky and South Carolina play to a draw, the Aggies and Gators would share the title and Florida would claim the No. 1 seed.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 - 7:00 PM
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The Aggies travel to Orange Beach, Alabama for the SEC Tournament. Texas A&M will open play in the quarterfinal on Wednesday, November 6 against a yet-to-be-determined foe.
HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE
Entering the weekend, the Aggies lead the SEC and rank 13th in the nation with 2.50 goals per match, with 45 goals on the year. A&M also ranks 14th the nation in points per game (7.06) with 127 in their 18 matches.
Individually, Karlie Mueller ranks second in the SEC and 11th NCAA Division I with 10 assists on the season. Her 0.56 assists per game ranks 22nd in the nation. Shea Groom ranks 34th in the nation with 0.69 goals per game with 11 goals in 16 matches. The mark also ranks fifth in the SEC.
After scoring 18 goals in the first nine matches of the season (2.00 gpm), the Aggies have erupted to tally 27 goals over the last nine (3.00 gpm), all in SEC play. The Aggies have scored at least three goals in five of the last nine matches, including eight against Mississippi State (8-0), four against Arkansas (4-3, ot) and three each against Vanderbilt (3-0), Auburn (3-1) and Alabama (3-0). Over the span, Allie Bailey leads the team in scoring with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Shea Groom has 13 points on five goals and three assists. Liz Keester has added four goals and one assist and Karlie Mueller has a team-high six assists during the run.
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 11 goals, followed by Liz Keester with seven goals and Allie Bailey and Kelley Monogue with six apiece. A&M is also the only SEC team with six players with at least 10 points on the season. Groom leads the Maroon and White with 25 points, followed by Keester (17), Bailey (16), Monogue (15), Bianca Brinson (12) and Karlie Mueller (10).
DAY CLIMBING CAREER WINS LIST
Jordan Day enters the weekend with a 45-15-4 record between the pipes and ranks fourth on A&M’s career win list. 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 followed by Kristin Arnold (2006-10) with 48. Day posted a 13-6-2 mark as a freshman and followed it up with a 19-5-1 mark last year.
MONOGUE CLIMBING THE CAREER POINTS LIST
With her assist on a Shea Groom goal in the first half against Alabama last Friday, Kelley Monogue moved into ninth place on A&M’s career points list with 82. Next on the list is Melissa Garey with 91 points between 2004-07.
MONOGUE CLIMBING THE CAREER GOALS LIST
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.
Monogue scored 19 goals as a freshman and added 10 more in her sophomore campaign when she was hindered by injury.
KUNZ REACHES THE 30-GOAL PLATEAU
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 seven points on the year with three goals and one assist. For her career, Kunz has notched 69 points on 30 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.
MONOGUE CHECKS IN WITH 11 MULTIPLE-GOAL MATCHES
Kelley Monogue has two multi-goal matches on the season, with two-goal efforts against both 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.
CONFERENCE WIN STREAK
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.
AGGIE HAT TRICKS
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.
DAY SETS A&M SINGLE-SEASON SHUTOUT MARK, APPROACHING CAREER SHUTOUT MARK
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 27 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.
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.
INAUGURAL SEC CAMPAIGN RESULTS
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).
MULTIPLE-GOAL GAMES IN 2013
The Aggies have had players record multiple-goal games on seven occasions in 2013. Shea Groom leads the team with three multiple-goal matches and Kelley Monogue has registered a pair. Meghan Streight and Liz Keester have both added one. Groom logged a hat trick against UMass and two goals versus Mississippi State and Alabama. Monogue notched two goals in games against San Diego and Cal Poly. Streight recorded two goals against Mississippi State. Keester notched two goals against Arkansas, including a golden goal in overtime.
GUERRIERI RANKS AMONG THE NATION’S WINNINGEST COACHES
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 367-117-26 (.745), he ranks seventh in winning percentage (minimum five years as a Division I head coach) and eighth in victories, passing SMU’s Chris Petrucelli during the 2012 campaign. Guerrieri is looking to make up ground on James Madison’s David Lombardo (370) and John Daly (369) who stand in sixth and seventh place, respectively, on the victories list.
LAST TIME OUT - FLORIDA
The Aggies dropped a 2-0 decision to Florida despite outshooting the Gators 15-11. Texas A&M had a perfect game plan for the Gators in the first half, holding Florida to just three shots, but the Aggies were unable to put any of their five shots in net. In the second half, Savannah Jordan slipped through A&M’s defense for a pair of goals. The Aggies were unable to put any of their 10 shots in goal.
The Tigers enter the contest licking their wounds after a four-match losing streak. Before the skid, LSU stood in first place in the SEC standings. The Tigers now find themselves tied for Georgia in sixth place. LSU is 9-7-2 overall and 5-4-1 in the SEC. LSU won league matches against Vanderbilt (2-1), Mississippi State (3-2), Arkansas (5-3), Alabama (2-1) and Missouri (1-0) and earned a tie against Tennessee (1-1). The current four-match losing streak includes losses to then-No. 24 Ole Miss (1-0), then-No. 9 Florida (3-0), Georgia (2-1) and then-No. 25 Kentucky (3-1). LSU won non-conference contests against Louisiana Tech (1-0), Louisiana-Monroe (6-0), then-No. 13 USC (1-0) and Rice (1-0). Non-conference league blemishes came against TCU (T, 0-0), then-No. 6 BYU (L, 4-2), Minnesota (L, 2-1) and Stephen F. Austin (L, 4-0). Summer Clarke leads the squad with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Emma Fletcher has a team-high 11 assists and has one goal for 13 points. Megan Kinneman has played 1,682 of the 1,688 minutes in goal for the Tigers and boast a 1.44 goals-gainst average, 27 saves and six shutouts on the year.
SERIES VS. LSU
The Aggies are 2-0-1 all-time against the Tigers. A&M first met LSU in Baton Rouge in the 2009 NCAA Championship. The squads played to a 1-1 tie through two overtimes, but A&M advanced to the next round winning the PKs 4-2. They met again in the NCAA Championship in 2011, with A&M hosting the match. The Aggies won that contest 4-0 with current Aggies Kelley Monogue, Meghan Streight and Annie Kunz all scoring goals in the win. Jordan Day only needed to make one save in the shutout. In 2012, the Aggies played their first-ever SEC league game against LSU in Baton Rouge. The Aggies won 1-0, with the lone goal coming from Rachel Lenz on a header off a corner kick. Day recorded another shutout, this time making three saves.
MEET THE SEC
Each of the 14 schools in Southeastern Conference (SEC) sponsor women’s soccer. The Aggies will play 11 of the 13 schools in the conference this season, beginning with Tennessee on Sept. 20 in Knoxville, Tenn. A&M plays five home SEC contests and six road SEC matches. Texas A&M will not play Kentucky or South Carolina during the 2013 regular-season.
AGAINST THE SEC
In the 20-year history of the program, Texas A&M owns a 31-9-3 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 46-15-3 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 (2-1), Georgia (2-0), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (2-0-1), Mississippi State (2-0), Ole Miss (2-0), South Carolina (3-0) and Vanderbilt (5-0). The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-3).
WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
The Aggies enter the weekend ranked No. 24 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire coaches poll, their first time back in the Top 25 since Sept 17. A&M opened the season ranked No. 12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire coaches poll, but fell seven spots to No. 19 after a weekend in which A&M lost to No. 7 Duke (1-0) and beat UTSA (1-0) and another five spots after the second weekend’s action. The Aggies were No. 20 before dropping out following their loss at Tennessee on September 20. The Maroon and White are ranked No. 8 by Bennett Ranking, No. 23 by Soccer Times and Soccer America and No. 24 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
BIG 12 ERA
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.
LONE STAR DOMINANCE
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.
AT THE TOP AGAIN
With the 2013 No. 12 preseason ranking, A&M has been in the preseason national top 15 every year for 18 consecutive seasons. The Aggies have also consistently appeared in top 25 polls for the past 17 years.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 197-29-6 (.862) 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.
SEC PRESEASON POLL
Texas A&M, the reigning SEC Western Division champion, was named the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference after edging out Florida (6) with eight first-place votes. The Aggies were almost a unanimous selection to again claim the Western Division throne, receiving 91 total points and 13 first-place votes. LSU came in second in points for the Western Division with 67 points and one first-place vote.
SIX AGGIES ON SEC PRESEASON WATCH LIST
Senior Rachel Lenz and five of her junior teammates in Jordan Day, Shea Groom, Annie Kunz, Kelley Monogue and Meghan Streight were named to the SEC preseason watch list the conference announced in early August.
MAC HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
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.
TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM SEC TOP 20 PLAYERS
The Aggies ranked No. 12 in TopDrawerSoccer.com’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 TopDrawerSoccer.com. 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 six shutouts in 18 matches.
DAY EARNS SECOND CAREER SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
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.
MUELLER TABBED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
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.
KEESTER EARNS AGGIES FIRST-EVER SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONOR
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.
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 returns 72.4 percent of their point production from 2012 (97 of 134), including 38 of their 48 goals and 21 of their 38 points. The biggest loss from the offense is Jayne Eadie who elected to forgo her final year of eligibility. Eadie tallied 12 points on two goals and a team-high eight assists. 2013 graduates Chelsea Jones and Beth West added seven and six points, respectively.
The leading scorers returning from last year are headlined by five juniors in double digits. Annie Kunz logged 13 goals, one assist and 27 points. Kelley Monogue tallied 10 goals for 20 points. Shea Groom logged five goals, seven assists and 17 points. Meghan Streight notched 12 points on three goals and six assists. Allie Bailey booked 10 points on four goals and two assists.
The Aggies return 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).
TENNIS STANDOUT JOINS THE SQUAD
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.
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 6-7 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.
Individual tickets for the 2013 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.