COLLEGE STATION, TX -- The No. 13 Aggies take on a familiar foe in their regular-season finale. This will be the 20th meeting between Texas A&M and Missouri, with the Aggies owning a 13-5-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 5-2-1 edge in College Station.
A win over Missouri and a loss by Florida at South Carolina would give Texas A&M an outright SEC overall championship and the No. 1 seed at next week’s SEC Tournament. A win by A&M and a tie by Florida would give both teams 31 points, but the Gators would be awarded the championship and No. 1 seed due to head-to-head results.
Texas A&M is guaranteed one of the top three seeds in the SEC Tournament. The Aggies would fall to the No. 3 seed with a loss against Missouri and a win by Tennessee against Georgia.
On Thursday, Texas A&M hosts Missouri in a 7 p.m. match with a three promotions.
• Class of 2013 gets in free. Wear your 2013 class shirt
• You can purchase a $3 pink ticket, and $1 of every ticket will be donated to the Brazos Valley Pink Alliance. http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/ticket-center/soccer/pink.aspx
• Corps March-In (rescheduled from last Friday)
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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Live stats for the match will be available on AggieAthletics.com. The game will be televised on Fox SportsSouth and streamed on ESPN3. Thursday’s game can also be heard via live audio streaming at AggieAthletics.com.
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The Aggies are guaranteed one of the top three seeds in the SEC Tournament, so they will bypass opening round action on Monday, Oct. 29. Texas A&M will next play on Wednesday, Oct. 31 with potential opponents including Kentucky, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Vanderbilt.
WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In the eighth week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 13 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, No. 12 in the Soccer Times rankings and No. 17 in the Soccer America poll. Stanford moved into the top spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, followed by UCLA, Florida State, Penn State and BYU.
LAST TIME OUT - GEORGIA
Texas A&M took 33 shots in the first 103 minutes of action, but it took an own goal to break the scoring seal as the Aggies posted a 1-0 double-overtime victory over the Bulldogs. Leigh Edwards got around the corner of the defense on the right side and launched a cross from just outside the penalty box to Shea Groom who was crashing towards the mouth of the goal accompanied by a ‘Dogs defender. The defender got to the offering first but had nowhere to put the ball besides the back of the net. Texas A&M posted its 12th save of the season, matching the school record set in 2006. Jordan Day made five saves for her 11th shutout of the year.
The Aggies own a 13-5-1 advantage in the all-time series which dates back to 1996. The Aggies won the first seven contests in the series, but it’s tighted with A&M holding a 6-5-1 edge since 2003. The Maroon and White own a 5-2-1 edge in games played in College Station. The teams met at the Big 12 Championship on three occasions, with the Aggies winning all three contests by a combined 10-2 margin. The series usually produces plenty of goals with just four shutouts being recorded in the prior 19 meetings, including Texas A&M’s 3-0 shutout of Missouri at the Big 12 Championship semifinal.
Missouri enters the contest in third place in the SEC Eastern Division and fourth place overall with 24 points. The Tigers are 13-5-0 overall with an 8-4-0 mark in league action. Missouri are guaranteed a third, fourth or fifth seed in next week’s SEC Tournament and will bypass first-round action on Monday. After a 10-1 start on the year, the Tigers have cooled off losing four of their last seven and three of the last four. Abi Raymer (7 g/ 2 a) leads the squad with 16 points. Taiwo Adeshgibin has 15 points on seven goals and one assists. Despite missing five games, Alyssa Diggs has netted 15 points on seven goals and one assist. Haley Krentz owns a team-high eight assists. McKenzie Sauerwein is the only goalkeeper to see action for Missouri and she owns a 0.94 goals-against average and .802 save percentage.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 179-27-5 (.860) 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 79-11-4 (.862) 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 23-7-2 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), Georgia (1-0), 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 (0-2).
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 seventh in the nation in goals-against average with a 0.469 mark. She has allowed just nine goals in 1,743 minutes of action. Day has recorded shutouts in 11 of the Aggies’ last 19 games. She now has 20 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 0.293, allowing four goals in 1,228 minutes of action. Day also ranks seventh in goal minutes played with 1,727.
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 10 of their 12 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 350-110-25 (.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. With James Madison’s season over, Guerrieri has an opportunity to make up ground on David Lombardo who stands in seventh on the victories list with 356. 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 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.
· Annie Kunz enters the game anked fourth in the SEC in points (21) and sixth in points per game (1.11)
· Kelley Monogue is tied for ninth in points (18)
· Kunz is tied for third in goals (10) and tied for fifth in goals per game (0.53)
· Monogue ranks fifth in goals (9) and ranks fifth in goals per game (0.50)
· Jayne Eadie is tied for the league lead with eight assists and ranks third in assists per game (0.42)
· Meghan Streight is tied for sixth with six assists and ranks 10th in assists per game (0.32)
· 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 .878 save percentage and 11 shutouts.
Texas A&M enters the weekend as one of 21 teams with double-digits in the shutout column and the Aggies 12 shutouts are tied for fourth among NCAA Division I schools. Florida State, Stephen F. Austin and Marquette are tied for first with 13 shutouts apiece. A&M ranks sixth in shutout percentage at .632 (12 shutouts in 19 games). Florida State leads the nation at .813 (13 shutouts in 16 games).
The nine goals by Aggie opponents through the first 19 games is the fewest in school history. The previous low was the 1996 season when Texas A&M yielded 13 goals through 19 games. Last season, the Maroon and White allowed 22 goals en route to a 13-5-1 start.
Texas A&M ranks fourth in NCAA Division I with a 0.465 goals-against average with nine goals in 1,743 minutes. The Aggies trail UCLA (0.365), Louisiana Tech (0.368) and Florida State (0.374).
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 11 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 20 career shutouts rank third behind only Wilson (32.3) and Kati Jo Spisak (24.0).
Day currently ranks seventh in the nation in goals-against average (.469) and 15th in save percentage (.878).
AGGIES RECORD NINTH-CONSECUTIVE 15-WIN SEASONS
At 15-3-1, the Aggies have their ninth consecutive 15-win season dating back to 2004. In their 20 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.
AMONG THE BEST VS. THE BEST
The Aggies rank fifth in the nation in average goal scoring margin against opponents in the RPI Top 40 with a scoring margin of +1.00. A&M trails only Stanford (+2.38), UCLA (+2.17), BYU (+1.17) and Penn State (+1.13) in the category.
SCORING MARGIN VS. RPI TOP 40
1 Stanford +2.38
2 UCLA +2.17
3 BYU +1.17
4 Penn State +1.13
t-5 Texas A&M +1.00
t-5 Baylor +1.00
7 Florida State +0.78
8 North Carolina +0.54
t-9 Wake Forest +0.33
t-9 UCF +0.33
MORE OF AMONG THE BEST VS. THE BEST
The Aggies rank third in the nation in average goal scoring margin against opponents in the RPI Top 80 with a scoring margin of +1.54. A&M trails only Stanford (+2.14) and UCLA (+2.00) in the category.
SCORING MARGIN VS. RPI TOP 80
1 Stanford +2.14
2 UCLA +2.00
3 Texas A&M +1.54
4 BYU +1.50
5 Penn State +1.36
6 North Carolina +1.21
7 Duke +1.08
t-8 Florida State +0.82
t-8 Baylor +0.82
10 San Diego State +0.72
OUTSCORING OPPONENTS... BY A LOT
The Aggies currently rank eighth in the nation in average goal scoring margin. A&M is outscoring opponents by an average of 1.68 goals per game. The Maroon and White trail only Stanford (+2.13), Penn State (+2.11), UCLA (+1.94), Baylor (+1.78), UCF (+1.78), Florida State (+1.75) and Duke (+1.72).
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.
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