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No. 20 Aggies Head to Knoxville for SEC Opener

September 18, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 20 Aggies open SEC play with their first road contest of the season. Texas A&M heads to Knoxville for a game against the Tennessee Volunteers. Both squads are 5-2-1 after the non-conference portion of the season. The Aggies enter the fray with a four-game unbeaten string. After starting the season with a 2-2 mark and an even 5-5 mark in the goals column, the Maroon and White are 3-0-1 in their last four games, outscoring opponents 13-2.

UP NEXT
The Aggies make their SEC home debut next Friday when they host the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a 7:30 pm contest at Ellis Field.

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AGGIES IN CONFERENCE OPENERS
Texas A&M is 14-3-1 all-time in conference openers, including 1-0-0 in the SWC, 12-3-1 in the Big 12 and 1-0-0 in the SEC. Last season, the Aggies won their SEC opener, 1-0, in Baton Rouge. Texas A&M started out winning 11 of their first 12 league openers and are 3-2-1 in their last six.

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).

DAY CLIMBING CAREER WINS LIST
Jordan Day enters the weekend with a 37-13-4 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 last Sunday, 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.

WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
The Aggies enter the weekend ranked No. 20 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 Maroon and White are ranked No. 10 by Bennett Ranking, No. 17 by TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 20 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 one first-half goal this season, registering a 0.25 goals-against average in the opening stanza. UMass notched the lone first-half goal against the Aggies in 2013. The Maroon and White own a 5-1 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 - CAL POLY
After a scoreless first half, the Aggies exploded for four second-half goals. For the game, Kelley Monogue led the attack with two goals and one assist. Liz Keester and Shea Groom chipped in with one goal apiece. Bianca Brinson, Karlie Mueller and Meghan Streight added assists in the victory. Jordan Day played the first 68 minutes in goal and Renee McDermott was between the pipes for the last 22 as A&M posted its third shutout of the season. The victory stretched the Aggies unbeaten string to four matches, with a 3-0-1 mark.

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.

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 TENNESSEE
The Volunteers enter Friday’s game with the identical 5-2-1 mark as the Aggies, but Tennessee is coming off a weekend in which they dropped a 1-0 decision to Middle Tennessee on Friday and settled for a 0-0 draw against Western Kentucky on Sunday. The Volunteers have yielded just four goals on the season with two of them coming in 1-0 losses to Samford and Middle Tennessee. Tennessee owns a 3-1 win over Oklahoma to start the season and a 2-1 win at then-No. 17 UCF. New Zealand National Team member Hannah Wilkinson leads the Volunteers in scoring with 13 points on five goals and three asissts. Tori Bailey and Caroline Brown each have two goals. Julie Eckel has played all 740 minutes in goal for Tennessee, posting a 0.49 goals-against average, 37 saves and four shutouts on the year.

SERIES VS. TENNESSEE
Texas A&M and Tennessee have met on two occasions with the Volunteers winning both matches by identical scores of 1-0. The teams met in a non-conference affair in Knoxville during the 2011 season and Tennessee was victorious despite a 16-8 shot advantage for the Aggies. Caroline Brown scored the lone goal on a penalty kick in the 35th minute. Last season, the squads met for the first time as SEC foes. A&M once again held a shot advantage (23-9) but Hannah Wilkinson scored the lone goal in the 10th minute.

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 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.

AGAINST THE SEC
In the 20-year history of the program, Texas A&M owns a 24-7-2 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 39-16-2 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),  Auburn (1-1), 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 (0-2). The Aggies have notched a win against every current school that is a member of the SEC.

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 359-115-26 (.744), he ranks seventh in winning percentage (minimum five years as a Division I head coach) and eighth in victories, passing SMU’s Chris Petrucelli during the 2012 campaign. Guerrieri is looking to make up ground on David Lombardo (361) and John Daly (363) who stand in seventh and sixth place on the victories list, respectively.

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 six matches, logging 135 minutes.

OPENING THE SEASON VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
This marked the third time in the last five seasons that the Aggies opened the season against a Top 10 squad at Ellis Field. In 2009 A&M toppled No. 9 USC, 3-0, and in 2010 the Maroon and White dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 1 North Carolina. Texas A&M is 3-2 all-time in season-opening games against Top 25 opponents.

SET PIECE MAGIC
Last season, the Aggies scored on a set piece at least one time in 10 of their 13 conference games this season. In SEC action, A&M logged 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.

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).

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 HONOT
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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