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Aggies Host Mississippi State on Friday

September 25, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M opens up the home portion of their league schedule this weekend with matches against Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. The Aggies host the Bulldogs Friday at 7:30 pm and the Commodores at 2:30 pm on Sunday. The Maroon and White look to rebound after dropping a 1-0 decision to Tennessee last Friday in their league opener in Knoxville. The Aggies’ offensive arsenal appears to be nearing full health again after playing the last six matches with either Shea Groom (two) or Annie Kunz (four) missing from the lineup. Texas A&M’s defense looks to repeat the performances they posted against the respective foes in the meetings last year when the Aggies blanked Mississippi State, 2-0, and Vanderbilt, 4-0, in road matches.

PROMOTIONS
FRIDAY VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE
     - Ring Night/Former Student Appreciation Night: wear your Aggie Ring and get in free.
     - 12th Man Towel Giveaway: first 300 fans will receive.

SUNDAY VS VANDERBILT
     - Camper Appreciation Day
     - Junior Aggie Club Day: $3 admission for Junior Aggie Club parents
     - Academic Achievement Day: $3 admission for honor roll student parents
     - Post-Match Autograph Session
     - Take Me Out to the Game: buy one adult GA ticket and get 4 children (under 12 y/o) in free.
     - Students Eat Free: free food for the first 250 students in attendance.

UP NEXT
The Aggies hit the road again next weekend when they head for matches at Auburn and Missouri.

TICKET INFORMATION
Season and 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.

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DAY CLIMBING CAREER WINS LIST
Jordan Day enters the weekend with a 37-14-4 record between the pipes. This season, she has passed Kelly Dyer (35-11-4 - 2007-10) for fifth place on Texas 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 and Sunny McConnell (1993-96) with 42.

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 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.

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).

AGGIES IN CONFERENCE OPENERS
Texas A&M is 14-4-1 all-time in conference openers, including 1-1-0 in the SEC, 12-3-1 in the Big 12 and 1-0-0 in the Southwest Conference. Last season, the Aggies won their inaugural SEC opener, 1-0, in Baton Rouge. Texas A&M started out winning 11 of their first 12 league openers and are 3-3-1 in their last seven.

WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
The Aggies enter the weekend unranked in the NSCAA/Continental Tire coaches poll. 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 last week before dropping out following their loss at Tennessee. The Maroon and White are ranked No. 11 by Bennett Ranking, No. 20 by TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 24 by Soccer Times.

ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 193-29-6 (.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 81-11-7 mark on the friendly pitch.

SECOND HALF SCORING
Texas A&M has scored 13 of its 18 goals in the second half. The late-match outburst includes a five-goal second half against San Diego and a four-goal second-half against Cal Poly. The Aggies have outscored opponents 13-6 in the season half. Pepperdine has accounted for three of the opponents six second-half goals.

FIRST HALF DEFENSE
Texas A&M has allowed just two first-half goals this season, registering a 0.44 goals-against average in the opening stanza. UMass notched the first first-half goal against the Aggies in 2013 and in their last match, Tennessee scored in the first half on a penalty kick. The Maroon and White own a 5-2 scoring margin in the first half.

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.

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.

LAST TIME OUT - TENNESSEE
The Aggies dropped a 1-0 decision to Tennessee in Knoxville last Friday. The Volunteers took advantage of a penalty kick opportunity in the 32nd minute of action as Caroline Brown scored the lone goal of the match. Texas A&M outshot Tennessee, 11-1 in the second half, but managed just three shots-on-goal and Volunteers’ netminder Julie Eckel made saves on all three shots. The Maroon and White also had a 7-5 advantage in corner kick opportunities for the match, including 6-1 in the second half.

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.

SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE
The Bulldogs enter Friday night’s match with a 3-5-0 mark and Mississippi State lost its only SEC match this season 3-1 to Missouri in Starkville. The Bulldogs’ wins have come against Arkansas State (4-0), Florida Atlantic (3-1) and Jackson State (4-2). Mississippi State’s other losses have come to South Alabama (3-2), Florida Gulf Coast (2-1), Southern Miss (3-0) and Furman (4-0). Senior Elisabeth Sullivan leads the team in scoring with 19 points on nine goals and one assist. Freshman Annebel ten Broeke has 12 points on three goals and six assists. Junior C.J. Winship has seen the majority of action in goal for Mississippi State, logging 495 of the 720 minutes. She owns a 2-4-0 mark with 29 saves and a 2.55 goals-against average. Freshman Meara Johnson has played 225 minutes, registering a 1-1-0 record with 11 saves and a 1.60 goals-against average.

SERIES VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Texas A&M is 1-0 all-time against Mississippi State in soccer, winning the only contest last season in Starkville, 2-0. Playing in monsoon conditions, the Aggies outshot Mississippi State 26-15. Jayne Eadie scored in the fifth minute of action on a free kick and Shea Groom scored on an assist from Allie Bailey and Annie Kunz in the 12th minute as the Aggies outshot the Bulldogs 16-5 in the second half and A&M coasted in the second half. Jordan Day made five saves in the shutout.

SCOUTING VANDERBILT
The Commodores enter the weekend with a 3-4-2 overall record and a 0-1-0 mark in the SEC. Vanderbilt lost the league opener, 2-1, in overtime against LSU in Nashville. The ‘Dores wins have come against Memphis (2-1), Wisconsin (4-3) and Georgia State (4-0). Vanderbilt’s blemishes have come from UAB (L, 3-1), Oklahoma State (T, 2-2), Rice (L, 3-2), Milwaukee (T, 4-4), Samford (L, 3-2) and and LSU (L, 2-1). Sophomore Cheyna Williams leads the squad in scoring with 18 points on eight goals and two assists. Freshman Simone Charley has 11 points on four goals and three assists. Freshman Olivia Liebman has seen the most action in goal, logging 782 of the 872 minutes. She has logged a 3-3-2 record, with 44 saves and a 2.19 goals-against average.

SERIES VS. VANDERBILT
The Aggies are 4-0-0 all-time against the Commodores, including 1-0-0 in SEC meetings. The teams first squared off in 1995 with A&M logging a 4-2 win in College Station. The Maroon and White won 4-1 in Nashville in 1996 and 5-1 in Klein, Texas in 1999. Last season, Texas A&M won a 4-0 decision in Nashville in the Aggies’ first season in the SEC. The Aggies owned a 19-3 advantage in shots in the dominant performance with Annie Kunz netting a pair of goals and Leigh Edwards and Beth West chipped in with one apiece. Jordan Day made one save for the shutout.

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 24-8-2 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 39-17-2 mark against current members of the SEC. The ledger includes a 14-5-1 mark against former Big 12 foe Missouri. The Aggies own winning records against Alabama (3-1), Arkansas (4-1),  Florida (4-3), Georgia (1-0), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (3-0), Mississippi State (1-0), Ole Miss (1-0), South Carolina (3-0) and Vanderbilt (4-0). The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-3) and owns an even 1-1 mark against Auburn.

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.

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 359-116-26 (.743), he ranks eighth in winning percentage (minimum five years as a Division I head coach) and victories, passing SMU’s Chris Petrucelli during the 2012 campaign. Guerrieri is looking to make up ground on David Lombardo (363) and John Daly (364) who stand in seventh and sixth place on the victories list, respectively.

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.

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.

2013 ROSTER
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.

RETURNING OFFENSE
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.

RETURNING STARTERS
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).

FRESH TALENT
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 seven matches, logging 143 minutes.

CLEAN SHEETS
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 three shutouts in nine matches.

DAY SETS A&M SINGLE-SEASON 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 23 career shutouts rank third behind only Wilson (32.3) and Kati Jo Spisak (24.0).

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.

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.

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.

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