COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 24 Aggies host the Texas A&M Invitational this weekend with three solid squads coming to Ellis Field. On Friday, the Aggies host the San Diego Toreros in an 8 pm match and on Sunday A&M faces the No. 9 Baylor Bears at 7 pm.
On Friday, the Missouri Tigers face Baylor in a 4 pm contest. Sunday morning, Missouri and San Diego will play in an 11 am match. Entry for the non-A&M games will be free of charge.
Baylor (4-0-0), Missouri (3-1-0) and San Diego (3-1-0) enter the weekend with winning records. Texas A&M is 2-2-0 on the season.
FRIDAY VS. SAN DIEGO
- Texans & Challenge Club Night: children wearing soccer club jersey get in free.
SUNDAY VS NO. 19 BAYLOR (White Out)
- Panhellenic Challenge: Wear your Greek letters and receive free admission.
- $3 Admission: show your Sam Houston football ticket and get in for just $3.
- 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.
The Aggies hit the tail-end of their eight-game homestand as they host Massachusetts in a 7 pm contest on Friday (9/13) and a 6 pm match against Cal Poly on Sunday (9/15).
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 34-13-3 record between the pipes. With her next victory, she will tie 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 weekend, Kelley Monogue moved into a tie with Linsey Woodard (2001-02) for ninth place on the A&M career goals list with 31. With her next goal, Monogue will tie Yvette Okler (1993-96) for eighth place with 32. The next targets on the list will be No.7 Kristen Strutz (34 - 2000-03), 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.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 190-29-5 (.859) 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 78-11-6 mark on the friendly pitch.
WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
The Aggies enter the weekend ranked No. 24 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 last weekend’s action. The Maroon and White are ranked No. 19 by Bennett Ranking and TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 20 by Soccer Times.
LAST TIME OUT - PEPPERDINE
The Aggies were unable to jump out to a halftime lead despite outshooting the Waves 12-6 in the first half, along with owning a 6-1 edge in corner kick opportunities. The inability to capitalize on the chances haunted A&M as Pepperdine scored a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the second half. The Aggies were able to close the gap to 2-1 in the 55th minute on a goal by Kelley Monogue, but the Waves tacked on an insurance run and held off late A&M attacks for the 3-1 win. The Aggies held a 22-14 edge in shots and a 9-1 margin in corner kicks, but the Waves’ goalkeeper Hannah Seabert made 10 saves and A&M was unable to match the offensive output of Lynn Williams who logged two goals and one assist for Pepperdine.
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 19-0-3 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. The Aggies play UTSA who they defeated 2-0 on Aug. 25, 2012, and Baylor who they dueled to a 0-0 draw in the spring. A&M edged out UTSA this season, 1-0, in the second match of the season.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO
The Toreros enter the weekend with a 3-1-0 mark on the year, with wins over San Jose State (5-1), UC Irvine (1-0) and Cal State Northridge (3-1). San Diego lost to USC (4-2) in its second match of the season. Senior Emily Dillon is San Diego’s top scorer on the season with nine points on four goals and one assist. Freshman Michaela Dooley also has four goals on the season and ranks second on the squad with eight points. Sophomore Michelle Craft has logged all 360 minutes in goal for the Toreros and owns a 1.50 goals-against average, 10 saves and one shutout on the year.
SERIES VS. SAN DIEGO
Texas A&M is 0-2-0 all-time against San Diego. Last season, the Toreros edged the Aggies 1-0 in San Diego. Texas A&M outshot San Diego, 10-2, in the contest, but Emily Dillon scored the only goal of the match in the 79th minute. The Toreros won the first meeting, 5-3, in College Station in 1996.
VERSUS WEST COAST CONFERENCE
The Aggies are currently 4-8-0 against the current membership of the West Coast Conference, including 0-1-0 vs Pepperdine, 1-3-0 vs Portland, 0-2-0 vs San Diego, 0-2-0 vs Santa Clara and 3-0-0 vs St. Mary’s. Texas A&M has yet to play against Brigham Young, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pacific and San Francisco.
Baylor enters the weekend having not yielded a goal on the season. The Bears have outscored their opponents 13-0 en route to a 4-0-0 record. They started the year with back-to-back 5-0 wins over UTSA and Northwestern State before posting wins at Washington (1-0) and SMU (2-0). Freshman Ashley York leads the squad offensively with nine points on four goals and one assist. Sophomore Bri Campos has two goals and two assists and junior Natalie Huggins has two goals. Junior Michelle Kloss has logged the majority of minutes in goal, starting all four contests and recording six saves. She has two shutouts on the year and also combined on a pair of shutouts with back up netminder Sara Martinson who has logged 38 minutes in goal as a freshman.
SERIES VS. BAYLOR
Texas A&M is 14-4-1 all-time in the series against Baylor. The Aggies have won the last 11 meetings, including 10 shutouts. The Aggies have outscored Baylor 24-1 in the last 11 meetings, with the Bears lone goal coming in the most recent match, a 2-1 A&M win on September 16, 2011. The Maroon and White own a 7-1 advantage in games played in College Station with the lone loss coming on October 9, 1998 when then-No. 20 Baylor posted a 2-0 victory.
VERSUS THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
Texas A&M is 122-15-9 (.866) against current members of the Big 12 Conference. The Aggies own the series edge against all nine soccer-playing members, including 14-4-1 vs Baylor, 17-1-1 vs Iowa State, 13-3-2 vs Kansas, 16-2-0 vs Oklahoma, 16-1-3 vs Oklahoma State, 10-0-0 vs TCU, 20-3-1 vs Texas, 15-1-1 vs Texas Tech and 1-0-0 vs West Virginia. The Aggies posted a 121-25-10 in league action during their time in the Big 12. Texas A&M is 17-2-2 against Colorado and 12-13-0 against Nebraska, two former Big 12 Conference foes now residing in other leagues.
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 21-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 356-115-25 (.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 (358) and John Daly (362) 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.
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 three matches, logging 36 minutes.
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.
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.
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.