The 14th-ranked Aggies host a pair of teams on the rise this weekend, including hosting the 16th-ranked team in the nation for the second consecutive Friday.
One week after dismissing then-No. 16 Rutgers, Texas A&M hosts No. 16 Long Beach State in a 6 p.m. contest at Ellis Field. The game will be televised in tape delay by Fox Soccer Channel as an NSCAA College Game of the Week. It will air at 10 p.m. on Friday night.
On Sunday, the Aggies host Central Michigan in a 1:30 p.m. contest. The Chippewas are coming off a 0-0 double overtime draw against No. 12 Marquette.
Texas A&M is capping off a season-long five-game homestand. The Aggies are 3-0 during the stretch, including a 4-1 win over nationally ranked Rutgers.
On Friday, the No. 14 Aggies host No. 16 Long Beach State in a 6 p.m. match with three featured promotions.
• The first 100 students into the stadium will be given Scarves courtesy of Aggieland Outfitters.
• Family Four Packs will be available with the package including four general admission tickets, four Aggie Dogs and four small sodas for a price of $36.
• A First Yell promotion is available with a $3 general admission ticket with the purchase of a First Yell Ticket.
• The Long Beach State game is also the first leg of the Futbol Fridays Package. The package includes games versus Long Beach State, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri priced at $36 for Goal Line Reserved and $24 for General Admission.
On Sunday, Texas A&M hosts Central Michigan in a 1:30 p.m. match with a pair of promotions.
• “Kids Get In Free” with the purchase of an adult ticket. Limit four kids (aged 12-and-under) per adult.
• Fans with a ticket from Saturday’s football game can purchase a $3 general admission ticket.
The Aggies make their SEC soccer debut next weekend as they hit the road for a pair of games. On Friday, Texas A&M travels to Baton Rouge for a 7 p.m. contest against the Tigers. On Sunday, the Aggies face Ole Miss in a 1 p.m. contest in Oxford.
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.
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WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In the third week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 14 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, No. 11 in the Soccer Times rankings, No. 23 in the Soccer America poll and No. 14 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.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 173-25-5 (.865) 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 73-9-4 (.873) mark on the friendly pitch.
LAST TIME OUT - SAINT MARY’S
The Aggies captured the championship of the Texas A&M Invitational with a 1-0 win over the Saint Mary’s Gaels last Sunday. The game appeared headed to overtime until Allie Bailey scored the game-winning goal with 7:330 remaining in regulation. Jayne Eadie was the catalyst of the goal as she sent the ball netward and Bailey was standing three yards from the post and redirected it into the goal for her second tally of the weekend. The Aggies defense held Saint Mary’s without a shot for the first 60:52 of action and A&M outshot the Gaels 28-5.
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.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE
Long Beach State is 4-1 on the season with the lone loss coming in a road game at BYU (1-0) last Thursday. The 49ers have won three of their games by 2-1 margins, including overtime wins against Arizona and Baylor. The last 2-1 victory came last Sunday against Michigan. Long Beach State has had seven different players account for their eight goals on the year with senior Alex Balcer the only player with multiple goals on the year with two. Marrina Meyers has played every minute in goal for the 49ers with a 0.79 goals-against average and one shutout.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
The Chippewas enter the weekend with a 3-1-1 mark. They play the Texas State Bobcats in San Marcos on Friday night. Central Michigan has yet to play a home match on the season, with their lone attempt against Evansville getting canceled due to inclement weather. The Chippewas have played two ranked teams with mixed results. They dropped a 5-0 decision to No. 6 Penn State on Aug. 26, but rebounded to post a 0-0 draw against No. 12 Marquette last Monday. Central Michigan has posted wins against Detroit (1-0), West Virginia (2-0) and Dayton (4-2). Junior Kaely Schlosser and senior Laura Twidle each have two goals on the year for the Chippewas.
The two games will mark Texas A&M’s first-ever meetings against both Long Beach State and Central Michigan. This marks Long Beach State’s second trip to College Station. In 2010, the 49ers defeated both Virginia Tech and Washington State as part of the Aggieland Invitational.
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.
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.
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.).
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 active Division I coaches. With a career record of 339-109-24 (.744), he ranks seventh in winning percentage (minimum five years as a Division I head coach) and ninth in victories. 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.
A&M will play a difficult home slate, hosting 12 opponents at Ellis Field including seven SEC foes. The Aggies’ are at 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. 16 Long Beach State and Central Michigan.
The Aggies are off to a 4-1 start for the sixth time in the history of the program. Texas A&M also started 4-1 in 1998, 2003, ‘07, ‘06 and ‘10. Texas A&M’s best starts came in 1996, ‘97 and ‘99 when the Aggies started 5-0. With a pair of wins on the weekend, Texas A&M would start 6-1 for the fifth time, joining the 1999, 2003, ‘08 and ‘10 campaigns. The Aggies started a perfect 7-0 in both 1996 and ‘97.
The three goals by Aggie opponents through the first five games is the fewest since the 2006 season when Texas A&M also yielded three goals in the span. Last season, the Maroon and White allowed seven goals en route to a 2-3 start.
A&M IN HOME OPENERS
Since 1993, 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 presented by Monograms & More, 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.