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A&M Battles Florida State for Elite Eight Spot

November 17, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies continue their postseason run on Sunday when they take on the No. 7 Florida State Seminoles in an NCAA Championship Regional Semifinal at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Florida. The game figures to be low-scoring as the two sides have 15 shutouts apiece and both rank in the top 10 in the nation in goals-against average with Texas A&M leading the nation at 0.490 and FSU ranked 10th with a 0.610 GAA. The Maroon and White have appeared in 18 NCAA Championships in the 20-year history of the program, including every year since 1995. This marks the 11th time Texas A&M has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and the Aggies will be playing for their fifth trip to the NCAA Championship Regional Final. 

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UP NEXT
The winner of Sunday's contest will face the winner of the match between Florida and Notre Dame. The NCAA Championship Regional Final will take place between Nov. 23-25 at a yet to be determined site.

WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In the final week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 15 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, tied for No. 13 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 BYU, Virginia, San Diego State and Penn State.

ELITE COMPANY
Texas A&M received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship, keeping its streak alive at 18 consecutive years in the tournament. The Aggies are one of five teams to make it to every NCAA Championship since 1995. The other schools include North Carolina (1982-2012), Notre Dame (1993-2012), Virginia (1994-2012) and Penn State (1995-2012). A&M head coach G Guerrieri and North Carolina's Anson Dorrance are the only two head coaches to appear in every NCAA Tournament since 1995.

AGGIES HISTORY AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Texas A&M is playing in its 18th NCAA Championship. The Aggies own a 26-17-3 mark in the tournament. Texas A&M has appeared in the Sweet 16 on 11 occasions and advanced to the Elite Eight four times.

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

NCAA SWEET SIXTEEN ACTION
The Aggies are 4-6-0 all-time in Sweet Sixteen action. Nine of the 10 meetings have been on the road, with the lone home match coming in 2006, a 2-1 win over Virginia. Texas A&M also advanced with wins at Stanford in 2001, at UCLA in 2002 and at Florida at 2008. The Aggies last three Sweet Sixteen games have been played in Florida with a 2-1 win over Florida in 2008 and a 2-1 overtime loss at Florida State in 2009.

SCOUTING FLORIDA STATE
Florida State enters the fray with an 18-3-0 record. The Seminoles spent much of the season ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation, starting the year with a 14-0-0 record. FSU is 4-3 in its last seven games with losses to Boston College (3-2), Miami [Fla.] (1-0) and Virginia (4-2). Despite stumbling down the stretch, Florida State won the ACC regular-season title for the second time in program history with an 8-2-0 mark. The Seminoles opened the NCAA Championship with a 6-0 win over Mississippi Valley State in the first round and a 3-2 double OT win over Texas Tech on Friday.

THE SERIES
Texas A&M and Florida State have met on three prior occasions with the Seminoles holding a 2-1-0 edge in the all-time series. The most recent meeting came in the 2009 NCAA Championship third round in Tallahassee with the Seminoles posting a 2-1 double OT win. A&M's Rachel Shipley drew first blood in the 55th minute, but FSU's Lauren Switzer notched the equalizer in the 65th minute and Jessica Price scored the game-winner in the 108th minute. The Seminoles won a regular-season match, 4-1-, in Tallahassee during the 2000 campaign. The first meeting was in College Station in 1999 with A&M's Nicole Thrasher and Heather Ragsdale each scoring goals in a 2-1 win.

VERSUS THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
Texas A&M is 12-19-2 all-time against members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, including a 2-5 mark against the ACC in NCAA Championship action. The Aggies are 2-13-0 all-time against North Carolina and 10-6-2 against ACC teams not named North Carolina. A&M is 1-1-0 vs. Clemson, 3-2-0 vs. Duke, 1-2-0 vs. Florida State, 1-0-1 vs. Maryland, 0-0-1 vs. North Carolina State, 1-0-0 vs. Virginia, 2-1-0 vs. Virginia Tech, 1-0-0 vs. Wake Forest.

LAST TIME OUT - OAKLAND
The Aggies dictated the terms of play throughout the match in a 3-0 win over Oakland. A&M held marked advantages in all the offensive categories, including shots (12-3), shots-on-goal (5-1) and corner kicks (4-1). The Maroon and White notched their 15th shutout of the year and Jordan Day notched her 14th shutout of the seson.The Aggies broke the scoring seal in the 15th minute of action when Annie Kunz scored on an assist from Shea Groom. Groom assisted on a Katie Perry goal in the 33rd minute as the Aggies carried a 2-0 lead into the intermission. Kelley Monogue dropped the anvil on the Golden Grizzlies in the 85th minute with her 10th goal of the year.

ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 181-27-5 (.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 81-11-4 (.863) 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 25-8-2 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 38-13-3 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 (3-1), Florida (4-3), Georgia (1-0), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (2-0-1), Mississippi State (1-0), Ole Miss (1-0), South Carolina (3-0) and Vanderbilt (4-0). The Maroon and White are 1-1 all-time against Auburn. The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-2).

THREE AGGIES ON TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM MID-SEASON RANKINGS
Sophomore Annie Kunz was ranked No. 23 and listed as the No. 10 forward. Sophomore midfielder Meghan Streight was ranked No. 39 on the list as a defender and Kelley Monogue, who was slowed early by injury, was ranked No. 92 on the list as a forward.

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.

2012 ROSTER
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 65-22-9 record over the last four years. According to research done by CollegeSoccer360.com, Texas A&M's senior class is tied for 11th for the most wins over the last four years.

FRESH TALENT
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 PRESEASON 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.

DAY AMONG NATION'S LEADERS IN GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE
Sophomore Jordan Day ranks sixth in the nation in goals-against average with a 0.490 mark. She has allowed just 12 goals in 2,186 minutes of action. Day has recorded shutouts in 14 of the Aggies' 24 games. She now has 23 career shutouts and is the only player in school history to record seven consecutive shutouts. Nationally, Maggie Cropp of Mercer ranks first in GAA at 0.291, allowing three goals in 1,238 minutes of action. Day also ranks second in goal minutes played with 2,186.

SET PIECE MAGIC
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.

WIN STREAKS
The Aggies' midseason 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.                 

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 354-112-25 (.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 the seasons of James Madison and William and Mary over, Guerrieri has an opportunity to make up ground on David Lombardo (356) and John Daly (360) who stand in seventh and sixth place on the victories list, respectively. 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.

CLEAN SHEETS
Texas A&M is tied with UCF and Florida State for second in NCAA Division I with 15 shutouts on the season. Marquette leads the nation with 16 shutouts on the year. A&M is tied for fourth in shutout percentage at .625 (15 shutouts in 24 games). Marquette leads the nation at .727 (16 shutouts in 22 games).

IMPROVED DEFENSE
The 12 goals by Aggie opponents through the first 24 games is the fewest in school history. The previous low was the 1997 season when Texas A&M yielded 13 goals through 21 games. Last season, the Maroon and White allowed 28 goals during their 24-game season in which they ended up with a 16-6-2 record.

Texas A&M leads NCAA Division I with a 0.490 goals-against average with nine goals in 2,202 minutes. The Aggies are followed by Valparaiso (0.508), San Diego State (0.513), Baylor (0.515) and UCF (0.524).

NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
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.

LEAGUE RANKINGS

  • Annie Kunz is tied for first with six game-winning goals
  • Kunz enters the game tied fifth in the SEC in points (27) and ranked sixth in points per game (1.12)
  • Kunz is tied for the league lead with 13 goals and ranks fourth in goals per game (0.54)
  • Kelley Monogue ranks fifth in goals (10) and seventh in goals per game (0.43)
  • Jayne Eadie is tied for fourth with eight assists and is tied for seventh in assists per game (0.33)
  • Shea Groom is tied for sixth with seven assists
  • Jordan Day leads the conference with a 0.49 goals-against average, a .868 save percentage and 14 shutouts.

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 14 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 23 career shutouts rank third behind only Wilson (32.3) and Kati Jo Spisak (24.0).

Entering the NCAA Championship third round play, Day ranks second in goalie minutes (2,186:11), sixth in goals-against average (0.490) and 14th in save percentage (.868).

AGGIES RECORD NINTH-CONSECUTIVE 15-WIN SEASONS
At 17-3-1, 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.

UNBEATEN STREAKS
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.

HOSTING THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP AT ELLIS FIELD
The Aggies are 20-4-1 all-time in NCAA Championship games played at Ellis Field, including 13-2-1 in the first round. The Maroon and White are 10-1-0 in NCAA Championship games at Ellis Field since 2005. Texas A&M's last NCAA Championship loss at Ellis Field came against Texas (L, 2-3) in 2007.

LONE STAR DOMINANCE
Since the 2008 season, the Aggies own a 18-0-3 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 matches against Lone Star opponents, 2-0 against UTSA and 1-0 against Stephen F. Austin.

VERSUS THE FIELD
The Aggies went 5-3-1 during the regular season against teams in the NCAA Championship field. A&M scored wins over Long Beach State, Rutgers, Central Michigan, Missouri and Auburn. The Maroon and White dropped decisions to Tennessee, Florida and Auburn. Texas A&M and Kentucky played to a tie.

VERSUS THE REMAINING FIELD
The Aggies went 0-1-0 against teams currently in the NCAA Championship field. A&M dropped  2-1 decision against Florida, their only regular-season opponent in the Sweet 16.

CLIMBING THE SCHOOL WINS LIST
With an 19-4-1 mark, the Aggies are tied for their second-highest win total in school history. A&M posted a school-record 20 wins in 2002 with a 20-5-1 mark. That season, the Aggies advanced in the NCAA Championship with a penalty kick shootout in the first round, which under the rules of time was recorded as a victory. The Maroon and White also notched 19 wins during their 1996 campaign (19-4).

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 Aggies were 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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