COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 5 Aggies welcome Alabama and No. 18 Florida to Ellis Field for two SEC matches this weekend. On Friday, A&M faces the Crimson Tide, currently tied for third place in the Western Division. On Sunday, the Maroon and White play the Gators who enter the weekend tied for first place in the Eastern Division.
The Aggies look to extend their 11-game unbeaten string, their longest since the 2008 season. During the current 11-match unbeaten streak, the Aggies have outscored opponents 25-3. Texas A&M also will try to remain as the SEC's lone team to be unbeaten in league action this year.
Texas A&M enters the fray at Ellis Field with an eight-match home win streak dating back to last year's NCAA Tournament first round win over LSU. The Aggies also own a 17-match unbeaten string at Ellis Field, posting a 16-0-1 mark since losing to UC Irvine 1-0 on Aug. 21, 2011.
Season and individual tickets for the 2012 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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Sunday's game will be televised live on ESPNU. Internet video streaming will be available for Friday's game on 12thMan.TV and Sunday's game on WatchESPN. Live stats will be available for both games on AggieAthletics.com. Sunday's game will feature free live audio on RadioAggieland.com as the Zone HD Aggie Soccer "Match of the Week".
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7:00 Friday vs Alabama (3rd in SEC West)
HONOR ROLL NIGHT
All elementary kids who make the honor roll can receive a ticket for the game.
All 2012 Aggie Soccer Camp attendees can get in free, and parents can purchase a discounted ticket.
12:30 Sunday vs #24 Florida (1st in SEC East)
KIDS GET IN FREE
All kids admitted free with purchase of an adult ticket (limit 4 kids per adult)
DISCOUNT ADMISSION PROMO
Discount Code: TexAgs
The Aggies hit the road next weekend for a pair of matches. Texas A&M travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks in a 7 p.m. match on Friday, Oct 12 and then travels to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Vanderbilt in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday, Oct. 14.
WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In the seventh week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 5 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, No. 6 in the Soccer Times rankings and No. 8 in the Soccer America poll. Florida State stayed in the top spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, followed by Stanford, UCLA and Penn State.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 177-25-5 (.867) 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 77-9-4 (.878) mark on the friendly pitch.
LAST TIME OUT - MISSISSIPPI STATE
Texas A&M got back in the win column in the 2-0 victory over Mississippi State las Sunday. Jayne Eadie scored her first career collegiate goal in the fifth minute to give the Aggies a 1-0 advantage. Her goal came on a free kick from 25 yards out, marking the sixth consecutive game that A&M has scored on a set piece. The Maroon and White expanded the lead when Allie Bailey found Shea Groom unmarked in front of the goal to give A&M a 2-0 lead. Keeper Jordan Day made five saves on the afternoon to earn her ninth shutout of the season.
Alabama enters the weekend in third place of the Western Division after falling to Vanderbilt 3-2 in double overtime and defeating Kentucky 2-1 in overtime. The Crimson Tide currently sit at 2-2-2 in league play and 7-3-2 overall. The Tide's offense ranks second in the SEC with a 2.42 goals scored per game and fifth defensively with a 0.95 goals against average. Shelby Church (1092:21 min/0.99 GAA) has started all 12 games between the pipes for Alabama. Katie Bourgeois leads the Tide offense with seven goals while Pia Rijsdijk, Ariel Armijo, and Meghan Duffy are all tied for the team lead with four assists.
Florida enters the weekend at the top of the Eastern Division tied with Missouri after defeating Arkansas 4-0 and Ole Miss 3-1. The Gators are currently 5-1 in league play, the lone conference loss came in a 2-1 match against Kentucky on the road. Since that loss on the opening weekend of conference play, the Gators have outscored their opponents 15-4 over those five games. Florida's offense is currently ranked third in the conference with 2.25 goals per game. Defensively the Gators are ranked 11th with a 1.21 goals against average. Taylor Burke has been the primary keeper for the Gators, allowing 1.18 goals per game. Havana Solaun, Holly King, and McKenzie Barney are all tied for the team lead with four goals apiece.
The Aggies are 4-2 all-time against Florida and 2-1 all-time against Alabama. Texas A&M lost the last meeting against the Gators in a 3-2 decision last season in Knoxville, Tenn. Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue both had goals in the match for the Maroon and White while McKenzie Barney, Erika Tymrak and Taylor Travis netted goals for the Gators. Texas A&M will face Alabama for the fourth time on Friday, but this will be the first meeting in 14 years. The Aggies won the previous meeting 3-1 in 1998.
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.
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.).
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 19-5-2 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 32-10-3 mark against current members of the SEC. The ledger includes a 13-5-1 mark against former Big 12 foe Missouri. The Aggies own winning records against Alabama (2-1), Arkansas (2-1), Auburn (1-0), Florida (4-2), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (2-0-1), Mississippi State (1-0), Ole Miss (1-0), South Carolina (2-0) and Vanderbilt (3-0). The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-1). The Aggies have never faced Georgia.
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.
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.
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 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.
AT THE TOP AGAIN
With the 2012 No. 14 preseason ranking, A&M has been in the preseason national top 15 every year for 17 consecutive seasons. The Aggies have also consistently appeared in top 25 polls for the past 16 years.
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 346-109-25 (.747), 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. 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.
A&M face a difficult home slate, hosting 12 opponents at Ellis Field including seven SEC foes. The Aggies started the home slate by going 5-0 on a five-game homestand, including a pair of wins over nationally ranked opponents then-No. 16 Rutgers (4-1) and then-No. 16 Long Beach State (3-0).
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.
LONE STAR DOMINANCE
Since the 2008 season, the Aggies own a 17-0-3 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 lone scheduled match against a Lone Star opponent, 2-0 against UTSA.
The Aggies' 11-1-1 mark is tied for the best 13-game start in school history. In both 1996 and '97, the Maroon and White won their first nine games before losing game No. 10. In '96, A&M went 15-1 before its second blemish. The '97 campaign started with a 12-1 record before the second loss.
FAST STARTS - CONFERENCE
The Aggies 5-0-1 is the third best six-game conference start in school history. The Maroon and White started Big 12 play 9-0 in 2006 and 6-0 in 1997.
The Aggies' recent 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.
No. First Win Last Win
13* 10- 9-1994 9- 8-1995
11 10-19-2001 11-23-2001
10 9-30-2007 11- 2-2007
10 9-20-2006 10-22-2006
10 9-24-1995 10-22-1995
9 8-25-2012 9-23-2012
9 8-30-1997 9-26-1997
9 9- 1-1996 9-27-96
* - denotes over two seasons
The Aggies' current 11-game unbeaten string trails only a 16-game string in 2002 when the Maroon and White went 15-0-1 and a 12-game string in 2007 when A&M went 11-0-1.
- Annie Kunz enters the weekend tied for third in the league with 7 goals and tied for fourth with 0.54 goals per game.
- Kunz is also fifth with 15 points and ranked ninth with 1.15 points per game.
- Meghan Streight is tied for first with six assists and Jayne Eadie is tied for fifth with five assists.
- Shea Groom is tied for ninth with four assists and with 0.36 assists per game.
- Jordan Day leads the conference with a 0.38 goals-against average and nine shutouts.
The five goals by Aggie opponents through the first 13 games is the fewest in school history. The previous low was the 2003 season when Texas A&M yielded five goals through 11 games. Last season, the Maroon and White allowed 20 goals en route to a 7-4 start.
Texas A&M ranks sixth in NCAA Division I with a 0.378 goals-against average. The Aggies trail Florida State (0.273), UCLA (0.287), Louisiana Tech (0.320), Baylor (0.372) and Michigan (0.372).
DAY AMONG NATION'S LEADERS IN GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE
Sophomore Jordan Day ranks sixth in the nation in goals-against average with a 0.378 mark. She has allowed just five goals in 1190 minutes of action. Day has recorded shutouts in nine of the Aggies' last 11 games. She now has 18 career shutouts and is the only player in school history to record seven consecutive shutouts. Nationally, Katelyn Rowland of UCLA ranks first in GAA at .154, allowing one goal in 585 minutes of action. She is followed by Florida State's Kelsey Wys, Louisiana Tech's Caitlin Updyke, Stephen F. Austin's Lacey Lee and Michigan's Haley Kopmeyer.
Texas A&M enters the weekend tied with eight other schools for the most shutouts on the year. The Aggies have nine shutouts and are tied with Florida State, Marquette, William & Mary, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Michigan, Georgetown and Iowa. A&M is tied for seventh in shutout percentage at .692 (nine shutouts in 13 games). Florida State leads the nation at .818 (nine shutouts in 11 games).
DAY APPROACHES A&M SINGLE-SEASON SHUTOUT MARK
With her next shutout, Jordan Day would claim the school record for most shutouts in a season. She currently owns nine on the year, trailing only 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 18 career shutouts rank third behind only Wilson (32.3) and Kati Jo Spisak (24.0).
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 Aggie soccer team will be on the tube four times this season. 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 Oct. 7 Florida game will be on ESPNU and the Missouri game on Oct. 25 will be on SportSouth/ESPN3.