COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M embarks on its toughest weekend of the season as they face a pair of ranked opponents. On Friday, the Aggies host No. 23 Ole Miss on Senior Night at Ellis Field. The Maroon and White face a quick turnaround as they travel to Gainesville on Saturday and face the No. 7 Florida Gators on Sunday afternoon in a game to be televised nationally on ESPNU. The Aggies enter the weekend in first place in the SEC standings with three matches left in the season. Texas A&M has 21 points, three points ahead of Florida and Kentucky who have 18 points apiece.
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Sunday’s match will be televised on ESPNU with Glenn Davis (play-by-play) and Kate Markgraf (analyst) on the call. Live stats for both matches may be found at the home team web sites, AggieAthletics.com and GatorZone.com. Friday night’s match will be streamed at AggieAthletics.com. Sunday’s match will be streamed on the WatchESPN app and ESPN3. Every match this season will feature free live audio on RadioAggieland and AggieAthletics.com.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 - 8:00 PM
- Senior Night: members of Class of ‘14 get in free
- Aggies CAN: free admission with can donation to annual drive
- Aggie Soccer Towel Giveaway: first 300 fans will receive.
The Aggies wrap up the home schedule on Thursday, October 31 when they host the LSU Tigers in an 8 pm contest at Ellis Field.
CONFERENCE WIN STREAK
The Aggies current seven-match conference win streak is their longest as a member of the SEC. Last season, A&M won its first four games to start SEC play. The streak marks 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.
HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE
Entering the weekend, the Aggies lead the SEC and rank sixth in the nation with 2.69 goals per match, with 43 goals on the year. A&M also ranks sixth in points per game (7.69) with 123 in their 16 matches.
Individually, Karlie Mueller is tied for first in the SEC and 11th NCAA Division I with 10 assists on the season. Her 0.63 assists per game ranks 15th in the nation. Shea Groom ranks 30th in the nation with 0.714 goals per game with 10 goals in 14 matches. The mark also ranks fourth in the SEC.
After scoring 18 goals in the first nine matches of the season (2.00 gpm), the Aggies have erupted to tally 25 goals over the last seven (3.57 gpm), all in SEC play. The Aggies have scored at least three goals in five of the last seven matches, including eight against Mississippi State (8-0), four against Arkansas (4-3, ot) and three each against Vanderbilt (3-0), Auburn (3-1) and Alabama (3-0). Over the span, Allie Bailey leads the team in scoring with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Shea Groom has 13 points on five goals and three assists. Liz Keester has added four goals and one assist and Karlie Mueller has a team-high six assists during the run.
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 10 goals, followed by Liz Keester with seven goals and Allie Bailey and Kelley Monogue with six apiece. A&M is also the only SEC team with six players with at least 10 points on the season. Groom leads the Maroon and White with 23 points, followed by Keester (17), Bailey (16), Monogue (15), Bianca Brinson (10) and Karlie Mueller (10).
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 44-14-4 record between the pipes and ranks fourth on 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. 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 POINTS LIST
With her assist on a Shea Groom goal in the first half against Alabama last Friday, Kelley Monogue moved into ninth place on A&M’s career points list with 82. Next on the list is Melissa Garey with 91 points between 2004-07.
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.
SECOND HALF SCORING
Texas A&M has scored 22 of its 43 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 22-7 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 six seven-half goals this season, with three of the goals coming in their match last Friday against Arkansas. The Aggies own a 0.88 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 20-7 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.
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 27 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.
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).
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 366-116-26 (.746), he ranks sixth 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 (369) and John Daly (369) who stand in a tie for sixth place on the victories list.
MULTIPLE-GOAL GAMES IN 2013
The Aggies have had players record multiple-goal games on seven occasions in 2013. Shea Groom leads the team with three multiple-goal matches and Kelley Monogue has registered a pair. Meghan Streight and Liz Keester have both added one. Groom logged a hat trick against UMass and two goals versus Mississippi State and Alabama. Monogue notched two goals in games against San Diego and Cal Poly. Streight recorded two goals against Mississippi State. Keester notched two goals against Arkansas, including a golden goal in overtime.
LAST TIME OUT - GEORGIA
Liz Keester and Allie Bailey connected on two occasions to give A&M a 2-1 win over Georgia. In the sixth minute, Bailey assist on a goal by Keester who fired from 20 yards out to the bottom left corner for a 1-0 lead. Georgia tied the game in the 40th minute on a goal by Emma Sonnet. A&M broke the tie in the 64th minute when Keester pounded a shot at the keeper from 12 yards away and Bailey scored off the carom in the six-yard box.
SCOUTING OLE MISS
Ole Miss enters the weekend with SEC title aspirations, but the Rebels title chances would dim with a loss on Friday. Ole Miss enters the weekend with a 12-3-2 overall record and are ties with LSU and South Carolina for fourth place in the league standings with 16 points (5-2-1). The Rebels own conference wins over Arkansas (2-1), Auburn (7-0), Georgia (3-1), Vanderbilt (1-0) and LSU (1-0). SEC blemishes have come against Florida (L, 4-1), Tennesee (L, 3-0) and South Carolina (T, 1-1). In non-conference play, Ole Miss owns wins over Louisiana-Lafayette (4-0), Alabama-Birmingham (5-2), Northwestern State (5-0), Saint Louis (2-0), Kennesaw State (2-1), Memphis (3-0) and Arkansas-Little Rock (3-0). Ole Miss tied USC (1-1) and lost to Minnesota (2-1) in non-conference play. The Rebels rank second in the league in scoring with 42 goals (2.47 gpm). Ole Miss also ranks fifth in goals-against average with 0.91 per game. Rafaelle Souza ranks second in the league in scoring with 34 points on 14 goals and six assists. Mandy McCalla has chipped in with 26 points on 11 goals and four assists. Kelly McCormick has played 1509 minutes in goal, sporting a 0.95 goals-against average with 56 saves and six shutouts.
SERIES VS. OLE MISS
The Aggies won their lone match against Ole Miss, claiming a 4-0 decision in Oxford in 2012. Annie Kunz struck early with a goal in the seventh minute. Shea Groom scored in the 30th minute to give A&M a 2-0 lead going into the intermission. A&M capped off the scoring with another goal by Kunz in the 53rd minute and Allie Bailey scoring in the 68th. Meghan Streight added a pair of assists and Jordan Day recorded a shutout with seven saves.
The Gators enter the weekend nipping at the heels of the Aggies in the SEC Standings with 18 points, three points behind the Maroon and White. Florida is 12-3-1 overall and owns a 6-2-0 mark in SEC play. The Gators are coming off two 3-0 wins in home action last weekend, including victories over then No. 23 Kentucky and LSU. Florida’s other SEC victories have come against Alabama (3-0), Ole Miss (4-1), Auburn (3-0) and Mississippi State (1-0 - 2ot). The Gators have dropped SEC matches to Missouri (1-0) and South Carolina (2-1 ot). In non-conference action, Florida has wins over Florida Gulf Coast (3-1), Oregon State (3-1), Florida International (4-0), Oklahoma (3-0), Oklahoma State (2-0) and Minnesota (2-0). The Gators non-conference blemishes came against Florida State (L, 3-0) and South Florida (1-1 - 2ot). Florida ranks third in the league in scoring with 36 goals (2.25 goals per game). The Gators also rank second in the league in goals against average at 0.60. Savannah Jordan is Florida’s leading scorer with 31 points on 15 goals and one assists. The 15 goals are tied with Vanderbilt’s Cheyna Williams for most in the SEC. Annie Speese and Lauren Silver both have six assists to lead the Gators. Taylor Burke has played 939 minutes in goal for Florida and leads the SEC with a 0.48 goals-against average and five shutouts. Nora Neset Gjøen has played 559 minutes between the pipes, posting an 0.81 goals-against average and three shutouts.
SERIES VS. FLORIDA
The Aggies own a 4-3-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Gators. Texas A&M owns a 3-0 advantage in games played in Gainesville. The Maroon and White won the first two matches of the series with a 3-2 victory in Gainesville in 1995 and a 2-1 win in College Station in 1996. A&M was also victorious in Gainesville in 2000 (3-1) and 2008 (2-1 - NCAA Tournament). Florida triumphed in College Station, 1-0, in overtime during the 1998 campaign. The Gators also won a 3-2 decision in Knoxville in 2011 and a 2-1 contest in College Station last season. In last season’s match, Shea Groom scored in the 22nd minute to give A&M a 1-0 lead, but the Gators responded with goals from Jo Dragotta in the 30th minute and Adriana Leon in the 39th minute to claim the win.
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. 7 by Bennett Ranking, No. 19 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, No. 21 by Soccer Times and No. 24 by Soccer America.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 196-29-6 (.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.
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.