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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies embark on a tough non-conference weekend as the Maroon and White host a pair of teams that appeared in the 2012 NCAA Championship, including Arizona State on Friday and Pepperdine on Sunday.

On Friday night, the Aggies host the Arizona State Sun Devils. ASU has a pair of Aggie connections on the coaching staff. Four-year letterwinner Paige Carmichael played for A&M from 2004-07, including two seasons as a captain in 2006-07. She earned All-Big 12 Second Team recognition as a midfielder in 2006 and as a defender in 2007. Carmichael was named to Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team in 2005 and 2006.  Scott Champ was an Aggie volunteer assistant coach in 2004.

The match provides a chance for Aggie netminder Jordan Day to play against her hometown team. Day, who ranks second on A&M's career shutout list with 24, grew up about 12 miles from the Arizona State campus.


Texas A&M is 1-0-0 all-time in the series against Arizona State. The only prior meeting came in a neutral-site game in September 1998. The Maroon and White toppled the Sun Devils 3-1 in Madison, Wisconsin. Nicky Thrasher gave Texas A&M a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute of action. Eleven minutes into the second half, Michelle Royal pushed the margin to 2-0. With the advantage cut to 2-1, Heather Wiebe scored on a penalty kick in the 77th minute to give A&M an unassailable lead.

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UP NEXT
The Aggies continue their eight-game homestand with a non-conference match against the San Diego Toreros at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 6.

TICKET INFORMATION
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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Live stats for both matches this weekend on AggieAthletics.com. Premium subscribers to 12thMan.TV can watch both games live. Every match this season will feature free live audio on RadioAggieland and AggieAthletics.com.

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WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
The Aggies 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). The Maroon and White are ranked No. 12 by Soccer Times, No. 16 by Bennett Ranking and No. 24 by Soccer America.

LAST TIME OUT – UTSA
Junior Shea Groom broke a scoreless tie in 79th minute of action to send Texas A&M to a 1-0 win over the UTSA Roadrunners last Sunday. With the Aggies struggling to break the scoring seal despite 11 shots-on-goal through 78 minutes, freshman defender Grace Wright controlled the ball on the left touchline at midfield and boomed a pass toward the far post with Groom in pursuit. After one bounce, the mercurial forward knocked a one-timer out of the air with her right foot to the left of the ‘Runners keeper and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead with 11:33 remaining in the second half. Texas A&M owned decisive advantages in shots (26-7), shots-on-goal (14-2) and corner kicks (7-1), but were unable to create separation in the contest.

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.

ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 189-28-5 (.866) 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.

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 ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils opened the season with a 2-0 win against Cal State Northridge last Friday in Tempe. Cali Farquharson and Sara Tosti scored goals for Arizona State and Chandler Morris recorded four saves in the shutout. Last season, ASU went 10-9-2 overall and 6-4-1 in the Pac 12. Farquharson was the Sun Devils’ leading scorer in 2012, posting 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. Arizona State also returns its No. 2 scorer from last season in Devin Marshall who logged 20 points on nine goals and two assists. Morris played between the pipes in all 21 of ASU’s games last season, notching 72 saves, a 1.51 goals-against average and five shutouts.

SERIES VS. ARIZONA STATE
Texas A&M is 1-0-0 all-time in the series against Arizona State. The only prior meeting came in a neutral-site game in September 1998. The Maroon and White toppled the Sun Devils 3-1 in Madison, Wisconsin. Nicky Thrasher gave Texas A&M a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute of action. Eleven minutes into the second half, Michelle Royal pushed the margin to 2-0. With the advantage cut to 2-1, Heather Wiebe scored on a penalty kick in the 77th minute to give A&M an unassailable lead.

VERSUS THE PAC 12 CONFERENCE
Texas A&M is 35-11-2 all-time against current members of the Pac 12 Conference, including a 17-2-2 mark against Colorado when the teams were both members of the Big 12 Conference. The Aggies are 1-0-0 vs Arizona State, 2-2-0 vs California, 2-0-0 vs Oregon, 3-3-0 vs Stanford, 1-3-0 vs UCLA, 1-0-0 vs USC, 2-0-0 vs Utah, 4-0-0 vs Washington and 2-1-0 vs Washington State.

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 20-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 355-114-25 (.744), 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 (357) and John Daly (361) 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.

2013 ROSTER
The Aggies’ 2     1-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.

RETURNING OFFENSE
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.

RETURNING STARTERS
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).

FRESH TALENT
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.

A&M IN SEASON OPENERS
Since 1993, Texas A&M is 17-4 all-time in the first match of the year. The Aggies won 10 of their last 12 season openers with the losses coming to then-No. 1 North Carolina (0-3) in 2010 and No. 7 Duke (0-1) this season.

OPENING THE SEASON VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
This marked the third time in the last five seasons that the Aggies opened the season against a Top 10 squad at Ellis Field. In 2009 A&M toppled No. 9 USC, 3-0, and in 2010 the Maroon and White dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 1 North Carolina. Texas A&M is 3-2 all-time in season-opening games against Top 25 opponents.


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.

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).

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.

ARIZONA STATE’S AGGIE CONNECTIONS
ASU has a pair of Aggie connections on the coaching staff. Four-year letterwinner Paige Carmichael who played for A&M from 2004-07, including two seasons as a captain in 2006-07. She earned All-Big 12 Second Team recognition as a midfielder in 2006 and as a defender in 2007. Carmichael was named to Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team in 2005 and 2006.  Scott Champ was an Aggie volunteer assistant coach in 2004.

 


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