COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 9 Aggies trek to Arkansas and Vanderbilt for their final regular-season road games of the year. A&M will look to bounce back from its first conference loss of the season (2-1 vs. Florida). A handful of scenarios would clinch an SEC Western Division title for the Aggies this weekend. The Maroon and White enter play on Friday with a seven-point lead over Auburn with five games left.
The Aggies trail both Florida and Missouri by two points in the SEC overall standings. The Gators and Tigers face-off on Friday evening and a win by Missouri would put Texas A&M back in control of its own destiny in a quest for its first-ever SEC crown.
Texas A&M is also looking to add to its 10 shutouts on the season. The school record stands at 12, set in 2006. With nine shutouts, Jordan Day will become the first player in school history to record 10 clean sheets with her next blanking.
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The Aggies return home for a three-game homestand to wrap up regular-season action. The trifecta begins next Friday with a 7 p.m. contest against Tennessee. On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Aggies host the Georgia Bulldogs in a 1:30 p.m. contest. A&M wraps up the regular-season with a 7 p.m. match against Missouri on Thursday, Oct. 25.
WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In the seventh week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 9 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, No. 9 in the Soccer Times rankings and No. 11 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 - FLORIDA
Texas A&M suffered its first conference loss of the season, falling 2-1 to the Gators in a nationally televised game. The Aggies drew first blood with a goal off a header by Shea Groom in the 22nd minute, but Florida responded with two goals before the intermission to take claim the 2-1 advantage. Shots were equal at 19-19 and Texas A&M owned a 9-7 advantage in corner kicks in the closely contest game.
Arkansas enters the weekend in third place of the Western Division with a 3-4-1 mark and 10 points. The Razorbacks have mustered only 15 goals in their 14 games to date. Allie Chandler and Lindsey Mayo each have three goals and one assist to lead the squad with seven points. Jeriann Okoro has added three goals. Kelly Roliard has played 1,114 minutes in goal, amassing 49 saves, a .710 save percentage and a 1.61 goals-against average.
Vanderbilt enters the weekend with an unusual 5-4-5 overall mark with an even more unusual 2-1-4 SEC ledger. With 10 points, the Commodores are tied with Kentucky for fourth place in the SEC Eastern Division. Vanderbilt has played six double-overtime games on the season, including the last three matches, in which the ‘Dores have ties against Alabama (3-3) and South Carolina (1-1) and a win against Arkansas (3-2). Cheyna Williams is the catalyst of the Vandy defense, leading the squad with six goals, six assists and 18 points. Kelsey Tillman (5 g, 1 a) and Dana Schwartz (4 g, 3 a) also have double-digits in the points column with 11 each. Alexa Levick has played 1,449 minutes in goal, logging 85 saves, a .810 save percentage and a 1.24 goals-against average.
The Aggies are 2-1 all-time against Arkansas and 3-0 all-time against Vanderbilt. Texas A&M’s very first game as a varsity intercollegiate sport came against Arkansas on Sept. 6, 1993. The Aggies dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Razorbacks in Plano that day. The Maroon and White scored a 3-1 win vs. Arkansas in Dallas in 1994 and an 8-3 victory in their most recent meeting in Plano in 1995. Texas A&M’s first meeting against Vanderbilt came in 1995 with the Aggies registering a 4-2 win in College Station. A&M was also triumphant in 1996 with a 4-1 victory in Nashville. The Maroon and White added a 5-1 win in Klein in 1999
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 20-6-2 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 33-11-3 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 (2-1), 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 (3-0). 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.
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 10th in the nation in goals-against average with a 0.465 mark. She has allowed just seven goals in 1370 minutes of action. Day has recorded shutouts in nine of the Aggies’ last 13 games. She now has 18 career shutouts and is the only player in school history to record seven consecutive shutouts. Nationally, Lacey Lee of Stephen F. Austin ranks first in GAA at .282, allowing three goals in 1,246 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 eight conference games this season. In SEC action, A&M has 11 set piece goals, including three corner kicks, seven free kicks and one penalty kick. The Aggies tallied three goals on set pieces in their 5-0 win against Alabama, including one free kick, one corner kick and one penalty kick.
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 347-110-25 (.746), 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
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.
Annie Kunz enters the weekend ranked third in the league with eight goals and fourth with 0.53 goals per game.
Kunz is also tied for fourth with 17 points and tied for sixth 1.13 points per game.
Kelley Monogue enters the weekend tied for fourth in the league with seven goals and tied for fifth with 0.50 goals per game.
Monogue and Shea Groom are tied for eighth with 14 points.
Monogue is tied for ninth with 1.00 points per game.
Meghan Streight and Jayne Eadie are tied for third with six assists and fifth with 0.40 assists per game.
Groom is tied for 10th with four assists.
Jordan Day leads the conference with a 0.47 goals-against average, a .881 save percentage and nine shutouts.
Texas A&M enters the weekend as one of seven teams with double-digits in the shutout column. Stephen F. Austin leads the nation with 11 shutouts. The Aggies, Florida State, Michigan, Marquette, Georgetown and Iowa are all tied for second place with 10 shutouts. A&M is tied for fifth in shutout percentage at .667 (10 shutouts in 15 games). Florida State leads the nation at .833 (10 shutouts in 12 games).
The seven goals by Aggie opponents through the first 15 games is the fewest in school history. The previous low was the 1996 season when Texas A&M yielded 10 goals through 15 games. Last season, the Maroon and White allowed 21 goals en route to a 10-5 start.
Texas A&M ranks seventh in NCAA Division I with a 0.460 goals-against average with seven goals in 1,370 minutes. The Aggies trail Florida State (0.250), Louisiana Tech (0.340), Michigan (0.347), UCLA (0.372), Tennessee (.446) and Iowa (0.448).
DAY APPROACHES A&M SINGLE-SEASON SHUTOUT MARK
With her next shutout, Jordan Day would claim the school record for most shutouts in a season. She currently owns nine on the year, trailing only 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 18 career shutouts rank third behind only Wilson (32.3) and Kati Jo Spisak (24.0).
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.