COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Aggies look to remain in the thick of the SEC title hunt on Friday when they host the Arkansas Razorbacks at Ellis Field. The Maroon and White enter the fray tied with Kentucky and South Carolina for second place in the league standings with 12 points (4-1-0). The trio trails first-place LSU who enters Friday’s action with 13 points (4-0-1). The Aggies have won their last four matches by a combined 16-2 margin and have won six of their last seven with a scoring margin of 23-4.
FRIDAY VS. ARKANSAS
- Youth Soccer Night: kids wearing soccer jerseys get in free.
- Aggie Soccer Towel Giveaway: first 300 fans will receive.
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The Aggies hit the road for a pair of SEC matches next weekend, traveling to Alabama on Friday for a 7 pm match and Georgia on Sunday for a 2 pm contest.
Texas A&M has logged three or more goals in a half on five occasions this season. The Aggies scored five goals in a half on two occasions, including the second half against San Diego and the first half against Misssissippi State. The Maroon and White notched four goals in the second half against Cal Poly. A&M scored three goals in the second half against Mississippi State and the first half against Vanderbilt.
DAY CLIMBING CAREER WINS LIST
Jordan Day enters the weekend with a 41-14-4 record between the pipes, one victory shy of Sunny McConnell (1993-916) for fourth place on A&M’s career win list. This season, she has passed Kelly Dyer (35-11-4 - 2007-10) for fifth place. 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.
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.
KUNZ REACHES THE 30-GOAL PLATEAU
With her goal in the Aggies’ 3-1 win against Auburn, Annie Kunz became the 11th player in school history to reach the 30-goal plateau for their career. The junior forward has seven points on the year with three goals and one assist. For her career, Kunz has notched 69 points on 30 goals and nine assists. As a freshman, Kunz logged 35 points on 14 goals and seven assists. Last season, the Golden, Colorado native notched 27 points on 13 goals and one assist.
DIVERSIFIED SCORING PORTFOLIO
The Aggies feature one the most balanced offensive attacks in the SEC. A&M and Alabama are the only two teams in the league with four players to log at least four goals on this season. The Aggies are headlined by Shea Groom with eight goals, followed by Kelley Monogue with six, Allie Bailey with five and Liz Keester with four. A&M and Alabama are also the only the only two teams with five players with at least nine points on the season. Groom leads the Maroon and White with 19 points, followed by Monogue (13), Bailey (12), Keester (10) and Karlie Mueller (9).
SECOND HALF SCORING
Texas A&M has scored 19 of its 34 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 19-7 in the season half. Pepperdine has accounted for three of the opponents seven second-half goals in their 3-1 triumph over Texas A&M.
FIRST HALF DEFENSE
Texas A&M has allowed just three first-half goals this season, registering a 0.46 goals-against average in the opening stanza. UMass notched the first first-half goal against the Aggies in 2013, in their match at Tennessee, the Vols scored in the first half on a penalty kick and last weekend Auburn scored 3:20 into the contest. The Maroon and White own a 15-3 scoring margin in the first half.
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).
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 before dropping out following their loss at Tennessee. The Maroon and White are ranked No. 8 by Bennett Ranking, No. 20 by TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 21 by Soccer Times.
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 - MISSOURI
The Aggies dictated play throughout the match in a 2-1 win over the Tigers. Texas A&M outshot Missouri 15-2, but were unable to break the scoring seal until the 43rd minute when Liz Keester scored on an assist from Bianca Brinson. In the 71st minute, Allie Bailey added to the lead with an assist from Shea Groom. The Tigers trimmed the lead in the 86th minute, but a goal by Alyssa Diggs. A&M outshot Missouri 27-8 and owned a 13-3 advantage in shots-on-goal.
The Razorbacks enter play with a 9-4-0 overall record and a 2-3-0 mark in SEC play. The Razorbacks have wins in league play against then-No. 25 Kentucky (3-0) and Mississippi State (1-0). Arkansas has dropped league matches to Ole Miss (2-1), then-No. 22 South Carolina (1-0) and LSU (5-3). Arkansas started the season with seven non-conference wins, topping Kansas (1-0), SMU (3-2 - 2ot), Saint Louis (2-0), Missouri State (3-0), Tulsa (1-0), Nebraska (2-1 - 2ot) and Utah State (3-2 - ot). The Razorbacks’ lone non-conference loss was a double-overtime loss to TCU (2-1). Ashleigh Ellenwood leads Arkansas in scoring with 15 points on six goals and three assists. Rachel Riggs has 10 points on three goals and three assists. Cameron Carter has played in goal in 12 of 13 games, logging 1,116 of the 1,206 minutes in goal. She owns a 1.21 goals-against average, 32 saves and five shutouts.
SERIES VS. ARKANSAS
The Aggies are 3-1-0 all-time against the Razorbacks. A&M’s first-ever soccer match was against Arkansas, a 2-1 overtime loss in Plano, Texas on September 6, 1993. The Maroon and White won matches in Dallas in 1994 (3-1) and in Plano in 1995 (8-3). Last season, the Aggies posted a 3-1 win with Kelley Monogue logging two goals to give A&M a 2-0 lead. After Arkansas’ Allie Chandler trimmed the lead to 2-1, Meghan Streight put the game away with a goal in the 77th minute.
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 28-8-2 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 43-14-2 mark against current members of the SEC. The ledger includes a 15-5-1 mark against former Big 12 foe Missouri. The Aggies own winning records against Alabama (3-1), Arkansas (3-1), Auburn (2-1) Florida (4-3), Georgia (1-0), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (3-0), Mississippi State (2-0), Ole Miss (1-0), South Carolina (3-0) and Vanderbilt (5-0). The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-3).
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 195-29-6 (.861) 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.
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 363-116-26 (.745), 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 James Madison’s David Lombardo (366) and John Daly (367) who stand in seventh and sixth place on the victories list, respectively.
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.
MULTIPLE-GOAL GAMES IN 2013
The Aggies have had players record multiple-goal games on five occasions in 2013. Shea Groom and Kelley Monogue have each recorded multi-goal games this season and Meghan Streight has added one. Groom logged a hat trick against UMass and two goals versus Mississippi State. Monogue notched two goals in games against San Diego and Cal Poly. Streight recorded two goals against Mississippi State.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 nine matches, logging 196 minutes. She recorded her first career goal capping off the scoring in an 8-0 win over Mississippi State.
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 five shutouts in 11 matches.
DAY SETS A&M SINGLE-SEASON SHUTOUT MARK, APPROACHING CAREER 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 26 career shutouts currently ranks second behind only Wilson (32).
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.
MUELLER TABBED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
The Sioux Falls, South Dakota native was recognized for her efforts in a week in which the Aggies were the only SEC team to record multiple shutouts, with an 8-0 win over Mississippi State and a 3-0 victory over Vanderbilt. Mueller also provided a spark for the A&M offense with five assists on the weekend, including four on set pieces. All five of her well-placed services found the head of an Aggie.
In Friday night’s drubbing of Mississippi State, Mueller spearheaded a defense that held the Bulldogs without a shot-on-goal for the entire match and held All-SEC forward Elisabeth Sullivan to just one shot. She also served up three assists, including one on a corner kick and two on free kicks. On Sunday, Mueller offered up two more assists, including her third of the weekend on a free kick. The Aggie defense held Vanderbilt to four shots-on-goal for the match.