Ellis Field Facility Tour
Article Image

Aggies Host Utah in an NCAA First Round Match on Friday

November 14, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
(photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies embark on their 19th consecutive NCAA Championship as they host the Utah Utes on Friday evening at Ellis Field. The Aggies enter Friday’s match winners of 12 of their last 13 contests. A&M earned an automatic bid for winning the SEC Tournament championship. Utah earned an at-large bid, finishing 10-4-6 overall and third in the Pac 12 Conference with a 6-3-2 record.

Friday’s match will be streamed on NCAA.com and AggieAthletics.com. Live stats may be found at NCAA.com. Every match this season will feature free live audio on RadioAggieland and AggieAthletics.com.

Texas A&M students will be admitted into the match free of charge on Friday.

Texas A&M earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship by winning the SEC Tournament crown. The Aggies captured the crown with three one-goal wins. A&M won their quarterfinal match with a 1-0 win over Auburn with Allie Bailey scoring the lone goal. In the semifinal, Liz Keester scored two goals in the first 12 minutes and the Aggies held off No. 9 South Carolina for a 2-1 win. In the championship, the Maroon and White trailed No. 5 Florida 1-0 at halftime, but Shea Groom tied the match in the 56th minute and Keester scored a golazo with 6:58 remaining to secure the win.

The Aggies are playing in their 19th consecutive NCAA Championship, one of five teams to play in each of the last 19 tournaments. The other schools to make it to every tournament since 1995 are North Carolina (1982-2013), Notre Dame (1993-2013), Virginia (1994-2013) and Penn State (1995-2013).

A&M is 26-18-3 (.570) all-time in the NCAA Championship. The Aggies have appeared in the Sweet 16 on 11 occasions and advanced to the Elite Eight four times.

Sweet 16 - 1995, ‘99, 2000, ‘00, ‘01, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘12
Elite Eight - 2001, ‘02, ‘06, ‘08

At 17-4-1, the Aggies secured their 10th consecutive 15-win season dating back to 2004. In their 21 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.

The Aggies enter Friday’s match having won 12 of their last 13 matches, with all 12 victories coming against SEC foes and three of the triumphs coming against Top 25 opponents.

A&M also enters the season with a seven match home win streak, outscoring opponents 27-7.

The Aggies feature the most balanced offensive attack in the SEC. A&M is the only team in the league with four players to log at least six goals on the season. The Aggies are headlined by Shea Groom with 12 goals, followed by Liz Keester with 10 goals, Allie Bailey with eight goals and Kelley Monogue with six. A&M and Arkansas are the only SEC teams with six players with at least 10 points on the year. Groom leads the Maroon and White with 32 points, followed by Keester (24), Bailey (20), Monogue (17), Bianca Brinson (13) and Karlie Mueller (10).

The Aggies are played in their 12th conference tournament championship match and their first as a member of the SEC. They toppled the No. 5 Gators to win their first SEC Tournament title and their sixth overall conference tournament crown. A&M played in the Big 12 Championship title game on 10 occasions, winning the title in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2011 and finishing as runner-up in 1996, 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2009. The Aggies also played in the lone SWC Tournament Championship in 1995, losing to SMU in overtime, 4-2.

        1995 SWC    SMU 4, Texas A&M 2 (ot)
        1996 Big 12  Nebraska 1, Texas A&M 0 (2ot)
        1997 Big 12  Texas A&M 3, Nebraska 1
        2000 Big 12  Nebraska 4, Texas A&M 1
        2001 Big 12  Texas A&M 1, Texas 0
        2002 Big 12  Nebraska 1, Texas A&M 0
        2004 Big 12  Texas A&M 3, Texas 0
        2005 Big 12  Texas A&M 2, Colorado 1 (2ot)
        2007 Big 12  Texas 2, Texas A&M 1
        2009 Big 12  Oklahoma State 1, Texas A&M 0
        2011 Big 12  Texas A&M 1, Oklahoma State 0
        2012 SEC      Texas A&M 2, Florida 1

With A&M’s 2-1 win against South Carolina, Jordan Day moved into third place on the Aggies’ career list for goalkeeper victories. Day enters Friday’s match with a 49-15-4 record. 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. Day posted a 13-6-2 mark as a freshman and followed it up with a 19-5-1 mark last year.

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 Mississippi 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.

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.

The McKinney native ranks 23rd among all active NCAA Division I players with her 35 goals and sixth among non-seniors. Monogue scored 19 goals as a freshman and added 10 more in her sophomore campaign when she was hindered by injury.

With her assist on a Shea Groom goal in the first half against Alabama, Kelley Monogue moved into ninth place on A&M’s career points. She now owns 84 career points and next on the list is Melissa Garey with 91 points between 2004-07.

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 her career. The junior forward has nine points on the year with four goals and one assist. For her career, Kunz has notched 71 points on 31 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.

Kelley Monogue has two multiple goal matches on the season, with two-goal efforts against  San Diego and Cal Poly. For her career, Monogue has logged multiple goals in 11 matches. Last season, she accomplished the feat 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.

The Aggies had an eight-match conference win streak snapped by the Florida Gators. It marked their longest as a member of the SEC. Last season, A&M won its first four games to start SEC play. The streak also marked their longest conference win streak since winning eight matches in a row in Big 12 play from Sept 26 to Oct 24, 2010. The school record is a 14-game win streak in Big 12 action between Oct 4, 1996 and Oct 10, 1997. A&M also boasts a 12-match Big 12 win streak between Oct 21, 2005 and Oct 22, 2006, a nine-match Big 12 win streak between Oct 11, 1998 and Aug 29, 1999 and an eight-match Big 12 win streak from Oct 19, 2001 and Oct 6, 2002.

Rachel Lenz is one of the most experienced players in NCAA Division I. Entering the SEC Tournament, Lenz ranked 18th in the nation and third in the SEC with 89 matches. She trails only Florida’s Taylor Travis (92) and South Carolina’s Danielle Au (90).

The Gators led 1-0 at the intermission, but the Aggies stormed back for the 2-1 victory. Shea Groom scored the equalizer in the 56th minute and Liz Keester scored a golazo from 25 yards out with 6:58 remaining in the match to give the Aggies their first-ever SEC Tournament crown.

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 371-117-26 (.747), he ranks sixth in winning percentage (minimum five years as a Division I head coach) and sixh in victories, passing SMU’s Chris Petrucelli during the 2012 campaign and catching William & Mary’s John Daly (369) and James Madison’s David Lombardo (371), this season.

The Utes are 10-4-6 overall and 6-3-2 in Pac 12 play, to finish in third place. Utah had two players named to the All-Pac 12  squad with senior Jennifer Hutton and sophomore Lindsey Luke both earning second-team recognition. Junior Ashton Hall was an All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention. Katie Rigby was named to the Pac 12 All-Freshman Team. Hutton helped anchor a defense that registered a 0.69 goals-against average and notched 10 shutouts on the season. Luke played 1591 minutes in goal, logging 84 saves and nine shutouts. Hall, a midfielder, registered 11 points on three goals and five assists. Rigby also played in the midfield, notching four points on one goal and two assists. Junior Katie Taylor is Utah’s leading scorer with 13 points on five goals and three assists.

The Aggies are 3-0 all-time against the Utes with all three matches coming with A&M as a member of the Big 12 Conference and Utah as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Aggies won the first match 4-0 in College Station in September 1997. On the return trip, A&M posted a 2-1 win over the Utes in Salt Lake City. The Maroon and White tallied a 1-0 win in the last meeting, in College Station in 2003, with Kat Krambeer scoring the lone goal in the 76th minute of action and Katie Jo Spisak making two saves in the shutout.

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.

The Aggies have had a player record multiple-goal games on eight occasions in 2013. Shea Groom leads the team with three multiple-goal matches while Liz Keester and Kelley Monogue have each registered a pair. Meghan Streight has added one. Groom logged a hat trick against UMass and two goals versus Mississippi State and Alabama. Keester notched two goals in an SEC Tournament semifinal win over South Carolina and tallied two goals against Arkansas, including a golden goal in overtime. Monogue notched two goals in games against San Diego and Cal Poly. Streight recorded two goals against Mississippi State.

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 28 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.

In the 20-year history of the program, Texas A&M owns a 35-9-3 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 50-15-3 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 (4-1), Arkansas (4-1),  Auburn (3-1), Florida (5-4), Georgia (2-0), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (3-0-1), Mississippi State (2-0), Ole Miss (2-0), South Carolina (4-0) and Vanderbilt (5-0). The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-3).

In their first season in the SEC, the Aggies went 10-2-1 and won the 2012 SEC Western Division crown, in the last season the league recognized divisional champions. 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).

In their second season in the SEC, the Aggies claimed a share of the league regular-season title and won the league conference title. The Maroon and White went 9-2-0 in the regular-season with the only two losses coming on the road, 1-0 at Tennesse and 2-0 at Florida. After their league opening loss to the Volunteers, the Aggies reeled off eight consecutive wins, outscoring the opposition 27-7. A&M had a chance to win an outright title when they headed to Gainesville, but were unable to put the Gators away and fell into a tie with Florida atop the league standings with an 8-2-0 mark. The Aggies toppled LSU 3-2 in the regular-season finale to share the title with Florida. A&M scored wins over Auburn (1-0), South Carolina (2-1) and Florida (2-1) in Orange Beach, Alabama to win the tournament title.

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 to earn a Big 12 Tournament berth in the first 16 years of the league’s existence.

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.

Texas A&M owns a 198-29-6 (.863) 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.

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.

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 seven shutouts in 22 matches.

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.

On September 30,  Karlie Mueller 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. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota native 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.

On October 14, Liz Keester was named the SEC Freshman of the Week, becoming the first Aggie to ever earn the honor. Keester earned the recognition following a two-goal performance in A&M’s only match of the week, a 4-3 overtime win over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Keester opened the scoring in the third minute of action with a goal from 15 yards out and capped of the win with a golden goal from 20 yards out to extend the Aggies’ win streak to five matches.

Liz Keester was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Week on November 11 following her heroic performance at the SEC Tournament. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native scored three of the Aggies’ five goals at the tournament, including both of A&M’s goals in a 2-1 win over South Carolina in the semifinal match and the game-winning goal with 6:58 remaining in the 2-1 championship victory against Florida.

Liz Keester was named the SEC Tournament MVP after scoring three of A&M’s five goals in the tournament, including the game-winner of the championship match with 6:58 remaining in the contest. Keester, Allie Bailey, Shea Groom and Meghan Streight were all named to the SEC Tournament All-Tournament Team.

Texas A&M’s G Guerrieri was named the SEC Coach of the Year according to a vote by the league’s head coaches. It marked the first-ever SEC Coach of the Year honor for Guerrieri who garnered Coach of the Year accolades on two occasions in the Big 12. The Aggies finished the regular-season with a 14-4-1 overall mark and they claimed an SEC regular-season crown with 27 points, on a 9-2-0 league ledger, to tie the Florida Gators for the top spot. After dropping the league opener at Tennessee, the Aggies’ went on a conference-best eight match win streak before losing to the Gators in Gainesville. The Maroon and White clinched a share of the title with a 3-2 win over LSU at Ellis Field in the regular-season finale. On October 20, Guerrieri recorded his 350th victory at Texas A&M with the Aggies’ 2-1 win at Georgia. He owns a 352-105-25 (.756) mark leading the Maroon and White charges. During his 22 years in College Station, he has led the Aggies to 18 NCAA Tournaments, 11 NCAA Sweet Sixteens, four NCAA Quarterfinals, eight conference regular-season titles and five conference tournament crowns.

A&M forward Liz Keester was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. In her first season in the Maroon and White, she ranks second on the team in both points (18) and goals (7). Having played in 19 games, including four starts, Keester has the game-winning goal on three occasions, including a dramatic golden goal in the Aggies’ 4-3 overtime win against Arkansas. She was named the SEC Rookie of the Week on October 14.

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 returned 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).

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 12 matches, logging 221 minutes. She recorded her first career goal capping off the scoring in an 8-0 win over Mississippi State.

Texas A&M led the SEC with five players on the 27-player all-league squad. The Aggies had two players named All-SEC First Team, including midfielder Shea Groom and defender Meghan Streight. Goalkeeper Jordan Day, defender Leigh Edwards and midfielder Kelley Monogue garnered All-SEC Second Team. This marks the second honor for Groom, who last season was named an All-SEC Second Team performer at forward. Streight has earned all-conference recognition on three occasions, including All-SEC First Team status each of the last two years. Day earned her second All-SEC honor, gracing the First Team in 2012 when she was also a NSCAA All-South Region First Team performer. It was the first all-conference selection for Edwards. Nagged by a knee injury in 2012, Monogue missed out on All-SEC honors as a sophomore, but she dominated the awards circuit in 2011 as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Big 12 Rookie of the Year, All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 Tournament Most Valuable Player, NSCAA All-Central Region First Team and Soccer America All-Freshman First Team.

A&M is the first team to register five All-SEC players in a year since Florida in 2010 and the only team to accomplish the feat in the 14-team era. They are only the sixth team to register at least five All-SEC players in a year. Vanderbilt set the mark with seven in 1995 when the league had 11 soccer-playing members. In the 12-team era, Florida registered five All-SEC players in 1996, 1999 and 2010 and Tennessee tallied five in 2004. After the Aggies’ five All-SEC honorees, Florida, Kentucky and LSU were the only other schools with more than two, checking in with three apiece. A&M, Florida, Ole Miss and South Carolina were the only schools to have multiple first-teamers with the Gators boasting three to lead the way.

On four occasions, the Aggies trailed in a match and came back to win, including the SEC Tournament Championship. Against Florida, the Gators took a 1-0 lead into the intermission and Shea Groom and Liz Keester notched second-half goals for the 2-1 win. The Aggies also erased a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 against Ole Miss in the regular season. A&M erased a 3-1 deficit against Arkansas and notched a 4-3 overtime win. The first comeback win was at Auburn when the Tigers overcame a 1-0 deficit and registered a 3-1 lead.

The Aggies have played in 12 matches decided by one goal or less, posting a 9-2-1 record in those contests. Eight of the Aggies’ last nine wins were all decided by one goal, including all three victories at the SEC Tournament. A&M’s only blemished in closes matches were 1-0 losses against Duke and Tennessee and a 0-0 draw against Baylor.

Harvey Headed to National Team Training Camp
SEC Network
Texas A&M
The Parking Spot
Raising Canes
C.C. Creations
Uploaded Ad