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Aggies Face North Carolina in Sweet Sixteen on Sunday

November 23, 2013
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CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina - The Aggies face the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at Fetzer Field on Sunday. Texas A&M, playing in its 12th Sweet Sixteen, advanced to the round on Friday when the Aggies won a penalty kick shootout, 4-3, against Texas Tech after playing to a 2-2 draw through overtimes. Jordan Day made two saves in the shootout, including on in the fifth rotation of kicks to seal the deal. The Tar Heels advanced on Friday with a 4-0 win over the Indiana Hoosiers.

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

AGGIES AMONG WINNINGEST SQUADS IN 21ST CENTURY
According to numbers run by CollegeSoccer360.com, Texas A&M ranks seventh among all NCAA Division I teams in victories between 2000-13 with 240. The Aggies trail only North Carolina (296), Notre Dame (281), UCLA (267), Penn State (255), Portland (247) and Stanford (242).

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
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 27-18-4 (.592) all-time in the NCAA Championship. The Aggies have appeared in the Sweet 16 on 12 occasions and advanced to the Elite Eight four times.

The Aggies are 4-7 all-time in the Sweet 16 Round. A&M scored wins in 2001 (vs Stanford), 2002 (vs UCLA), 2006 (vs Virginia) and 2008 (vs Florida) to avance to the NCAA Championship quarterfinal round. Seven of A&M’s previous 11 matches have been decided by one decision.

Since 1999, Texas A&M has made 11 Sweet Sixteen appearances which is tied with Stanford for sixth in the nation for highest total during that span. The Aggies trail only North Carolina (15), UCLA (14), Virginia (13), Florida State (12) and Notre Dame (12).

Sweet 16 - 1995, ‘99, 2000, ‘01, ‘02 ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘12, ‘ 13
Elite Eight - 2001, ‘02, ‘06, ‘08

PENALTY KICK HISTORY
With their penalty kick shootout against Texas Tech on Friday, the Aggies came out on the top end of their ninth consecutive shootout. Six of the nine advances have come in NCAA Tournament play, including the 2002 NCAA Sweet 16 in which A&M scored a decision against UCLA despite not recording a shot in the 110 minutes of game action. Rachel Lenz has made a penalty kick in each of the last four shootouts, including the 2010 Big 12 Quarterfinal against Colorado, NCAA First Round against North Dakota State, 2011 Big 12 Quartefinal against Kansas and Friday’s NCAA Second Round against Texas Tech.

TWO-YEAR RUN
The Aggies’ 38 wins the last two years ranks third among all NCAA Division I programs. A&M trails only North Carolina and Virginia who both have 40 wins entering Sunday’s play.

AGGIES BOOK 10TH-CONSECUTIVE 15-WIN SEASON
At 18-4-2, 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.

SEC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP RUN
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.

DAY CLIMBING CAREER WINS LIST
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 50-15-5 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.

DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIO
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 14 goals, followed by Liz Keester with 10 goals, Allie Bailey with nine goals and Kelley Monogue with six. A&M is also the only SEC teams with seven players with at least 10 points on the year. Groom leads the Maroon and White with 35 points, followed by Keester (24), Bailey (22), Monogue (17), Bianca Brinson (13), Annie Kunz (11) and Karlie Mueller (10).

EXPLOSIVE HALVES
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.

LONE STAR DOMINANCE
Since the 2008 season, the Aggies own a 19-0-5 mark against in-state rivals, including an 11-0-4 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 1-0-2 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 and Texas Tech, 2-2, in the NCAA Second Round, eventually advancing on penalty kicks.

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.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.

MONOGUE CLIMBING THE CAREER POINTS LIST
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.

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 her career. The junior forward has 11 points on the year with five goals and one assist. For her career, Kunz has notched 73 points on 32 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.

MONOGUE CHECKS IN WITH 11 MULTIPLE-GOAL MATCHES
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.

CONFERENCE WIN STREAK
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.

ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 199-29-6 (.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. A&M has won its last eight matches at Ellis Field, outscoring opponents 28-7.

THE VETERAN
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 90 matches. She trails only Florida’s Taylor Travis (94) and South Carolina’s Danielle Au (92).

LAST TIME OUT - TEXAS TECH
Jordan Day made a pair of saves in a penalty kick shootout to help the Aggies’ advance to the Sweet Sixteen after playing the Red Raiders to a scoreless draw through two overtimes. Allie Bailey, Meghan Streight, Kristi Leonard and Rachel Lenz all made their penalty kicks and Day saved the shots on Tech’s third and fifth attempts to seal the decision. After a scoreless first half, Tech scored 1:15 into the second half, but Annie Kunz tied the game in the 61st minute with a header. The Red Raiders reclaimed the lead in the 75th minute with a counterattack goal, but the Maroon and White responded again in the 84th minute with a goal by Shea Groom to send the match to overtime. A&M outshot Tech, 34-13, but the Aggies were only able to tally the two goals with the Red Raiders’ Victoria Esson making 10 saves. Tech had allowed just seven goals in their first 22 matches.

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 372-117-27 (.748), 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.

AGGIES IN NCAA TOURNAMENT AT CHAPEL HILL
This marks Texas A&M’s fourth NCAA Championship match against North Carolina played in Chapel Hill. The three prior meetings came in NCAA Quarterfinal (Elite Eight) action. In 2002, the Aggies dropped a 3-0 decision to then-No. 2 UNC. In 2006, the Maroon and White were edged by the top-ranked Tar Heels, 3-2. In 2008, North Carolina needed two overtimes to dispense of the Aggies, 2-1.

SERIES VS. NORTH CAROLINA
The Tar Heels rank as A&M’s most-played non-former Big 12 opponent with the two squads meeting 15 times. North Carolina owns a 13-2 edge in the all-time series. A&M’s two wins came in 2006 in College Station, 1-0, on an Ashlee Pistorius goal in double overtime and a 4-3 win in 2011 with Shea Groom scoring the golden goal in the first minute of overtime. Six of the Tar Heels wins have been by one goal, including two in overtime.

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.

MULTIPLE-GOAL GAMES IN 2013
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.

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 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.

AGAINST THE SEC
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).

INAUGURAL SEC CAMPAIGN RESULTS
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).

NO SEC SOPHOMORE JINX
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.

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

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

CLEAN SHEETS
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 eight shutouts in 24 matches.

DAY EARNS SECOND CAREER SEC DEFENSIVE 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 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
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.

KEESTER EARNS AGGIES FIRST-EVER SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONOR
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.

KEESTER EARNS TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.

KEESTER NAMED SEC TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, FOUR AGGIES EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT
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.

GUERRIERI NAMED SEC COACH OF THE YEAR
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 21 years in College Station, he has led the Aggies to 19 NCAA Tournaments, 12 NCAA Sweet Sixteens, four NCAA Quarterfinals, eight conference regular-season titles and five conference tournament crowns.

KEESTER NAMED TO SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
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.

2013 ROSTER
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.

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 13 matches, logging 228 minutes. She recorded her first career goal capping off the scoring in an 8-0 win over Mississippi State.

SUCCESS GETTING TO THE ROUND OF 32
With their win against Utah last Friday, the Aggies have advanced to the Round of 32 at the NCAA Division I Championship each of the last 16 seasons. It marks the fourth-longest active streak in the nation behind only North Carolina (32), Virginia (20) and UCLA (17).

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
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
        2013 SEC      Texas A&M 2, Florida 1

AGGIES LEAD LEAGUE WITH FIVE ALL-SEC PLAYERS
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.

THE COMEBACKS
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. In the Aggies NCAA Second Round match against Texas Tech, the Aggies fell behind by one goal on two separate occasions, but knotted the match and advanced to the next round on penalty kicks (4-3) after playing to a 2-2 draw.

NIP-AND-TUCK
Texas A&M has played in 14 matches decided by one goal or less, posting a 10-2-2 record in those contests. Nine of the Aggies’ last 10 wins were all decided by one goal, including all three victories at the SEC Tournament and their first round win against Utah. A&M’s only blemished in closes matches were 1-0 losses against Duke and Tennessee and a 0-0 draw against Baylor. The Aggies also played to a 2-2 draw against Texas Tech in the NCAA Second Round, but advanced to the third round on penalty kicks.

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