COLLEGE STATION, TX -- The No. 9 Aggies host Tennessee and Georgia for the final weekend homestand of the regular-season. A&M will look to improve on its two game winning streak. The Maroon and White clinched the SEC Western Division title this past weekend and will enter play Friday with a ten-point advantage over Auburn and Ole Miss.
The Aggies trail Florida by two points in the SEC overall standings. The Gators travel to Auburn and Vanderbilt this weekend. Texas A&M will need Florida to lose a game or post multiple ties in order to have a chance to secure an outright league title and No. 1 seed at the SEC Tournament.
Texas A&M is also looking to add to its 11 shutouts on the season. The school record stands at 12, set in 2006. With her shutout on Sunday, Jordan Day became the first player in school history to record 10 clean sheets in a single season.
On Friday, the No. 9 Aggies host Tennessee in a 7 p.m. match with two featured promotions on Senior Night.
• The Aggies will recognize the soccer Class of 2013 prior to the start of the match
• FREE admission with donation of a can to the annual Aggies CAN food drive
On Sunday, Texas A&M hosts Georgia in a 1:30 p.m. match with a three promotions.
• All kids will be admitted free with purchase of an adult ticket (limit four children per adult)
• Fans with a ticket from Saturday’s football game can purchase a $3 general admission ticket
• A “Family 4 Pack” is available - Fans can get 4 general admission tickets, four Aggie Dogs and 4 small sodas for just $36
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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The Aggies will host Missouri on Thursday, Oct. 25 for the final match of the regular-season.
WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In the eighth week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 9 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, No. 10 in the Soccer Times rankings and No. 10 in the Soccer America poll. Florida State stayed in the top spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, followed by Stanford, UCLA and Penn State.
LAST TIME OUT - VANDERBILT
Texas A&M clinched the SEC Western Division title with its 4-0 win over Vanderbilt. The Aggies drew first blood with a goal by Annie Kunz in the first minute. The Aggies never looked back as they applied offensive pressure early. Beth West added another goal in the sixth minute, followed by another set-piece goal by Annie Kunz in the 15th minute. Leigh Edwards finished the scoring with her goal in the 51st minute. Jordan Day went the distance between the pipes to earn her 10th shutout of the season.
The Aggies are 0-1 all-time against Tennessee and have never met Georgia on the soccer pitch. The lone meeting with the Volunteers came last season in Knoxville with the Aggies dropping a 1-0 thriller. The lone goal of the match came on a penalty kick by Caroline Brown in the 34th minute.
Tennessee enters the weekend in third place of the Eastern Division with a 6-3-1 conference mark and 19 points while earning a 11-4-2 overall record. The Lady Volunteers are currently ranked No. 18 in the NCAA RPI poll. Tennessee has scored 29 goals in 17 games this season, earning a 1.71 goals/game average. Kylie Bono and Caroline Brown lead the offense with 13 points. Bono has scored five goals and assisted on three while Brown has recorded three goals and seven assists. Julie Eckel has played 1,508 minutes in goal, amassing 46 saves, a .821 save percentage and a 0.60 goals-against average.
Georgia enters the weekend with a 2-6-2 mark, and are currently in last place in the Easter Division with eight points. Overall the Bulldogs are 6-9-2. Last weekend the Bulldogs went 0-2, losing to Auburn (1-0) and Kentucky (1-0). The offensive attack is led by Meghan Gibbons and Bella Hartley who both have four goals and eight points. Ashley Baker has played 1,503 minutes in goal, logging 91 saves, a .827 save percentage and a 1.14 goals-against average.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 178-26-5 (.864) 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 78-10-4 (.870) mark on the friendly pitch.
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 20-year history of the program, Texas A&M owns a 22-6-2 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 35-11-3 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 (3-1), Arkansas (3-1), Auburn (1-0), Florida (4-3), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (2-0-1), Mississippi State (1-0), Ole Miss (1-0), South Carolina (2-0) and Vanderbilt (4-0). The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-1). The Aggies have never faced Georgia.
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.
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.
NEAR THE HEAD OF THE CLASS
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DAY AMONG NATION’S LEADERS IN GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE
Sophomore Jordan Day ranks ninth in the nation in goals-against average with a 0.469 mark. She has allowed just eight goals in 1,550 minutes of action. Day has recorded shutouts in 11 of the Aggies’ last 17 games. She now has 19 career shutouts and is the only player in school history to record seven consecutive shutouts. Nationally, Kelsey Wys of Florida State ranks first in GAA at .248, allowing three goals in 1,265 minutes of action.
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.
SET PIECE MAGIC
The Aggies have scored on a set piece at least one time in all ten 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.
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 349-110-25 (.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. 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 face a difficult home slate, hosting 12 opponents at Ellis Field including seven SEC foes. The Aggies started the home slate by going 5-0 on a five-game homestand, including a pair of wins over nationally ranked opponents then-No. 16 Rutgers (4-1) and then-No. 16 Long Beach State (3-0). In conference play, the Aggies are 3-1 at home with the lone loss coming against then-No. 18 Florida (2-1).
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.
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.
No. First Win Last Win
13* 10-9-1994 9-8-1995
11 10-19-2001 11-23-2001
10 9-30-2007 11-2-2007
10 9-20-2006 10-22-2006
10 9-24-1995 10-22-1995
9 8-25-2012 9-23-2012....................
9 8-30-1997 9-26-1997
9 9-1-1996 9-27-96
* - denotes over two seasons
Annie Kunz enters the weekend ranked fourth in the SEC in points (21) and fifth in points per game (1.24)
Kelley Monogue is tied for sixth in points (18) and tied for seventh in points per game (1.12)
Kunz is tied for second in goals (10) and tied for second in goals per game (0.59)
Monogue is tied four fourth in goals (9) and ranks fifth in goals per game (0.56)
Jayne Eadie leads the league with eight assists and ranks second in assists per game (0.47)
Meghan Streight is tied for fifth with six assists and ranks ninth in assists per game (0.35)
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 .877 save percentage and 10 shutouts.
Texas A&M enters the weekend as one of 11 teams with double-digits in the shutout column and their 11 shutouts are tied for fifth among NCAA Division I schools. Florida State, Stephen F. Austin, Marquette and Georgetown are tied for first with 12 shutouts apiece. A&M ranks seventh in shutout percentage at .647 (11 shutouts in 17 games). Florida State leads the nation at .857 (12 shutouts in 14 games).
The eight goals by Aggie opponents through the first 17 games is the fewest in school history. The previous low was the 1996 season when Texas A&M yielded 13 goals through 17 games. Last season, the Maroon and White allowed 22 goals en route to a 12-5 start.
Texas A&M ranks fifth in NCAA Division I with a 0.465 goals-against average with eight goals in 1,550 minutes. The Aggies trail Florida State (0.213), Louisiana Tech (0.298), UCLA (.346) and Michigan (.363).
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.
DAY SETS A&M SINGLE-SEASON SHUTOUT MARK
With her shutout against Vanderbilt, Jordan Day claimed the school record for most shutouts in a season. She now owns 10 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 19 career shutouts rank third behind only Wilson (32.3) and Kati Jo Spisak (24.0).
Day currently ranks ninth in the nation in goals-against average (.469) and 18th in save percentage (.877).
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 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.