A&M Embarks on 18th Consecutive NCAA Tournament
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies make their 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship on Friday when they host the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks at Ellis Field.
The Maroon and White have appeared in 18 NCAA Championships in the 20-year history of the program, including every year since 1995. This marks the 16th time Texas A&M is hosting a first round game in College Station.
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The winner of Friday's contest will face the winner a match between Ohio State and Oakland. The NCAA Championship second round game will be played at a yet to be determined location with Tallahassee, Fla., being the most likely destination.
WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In the 12th week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 15 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, No. 10 in the Soccer Times rankings and No. 16 in the Soccer America poll. Stanford moved into the top spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, followed by BYU, Virginia, San Diego State and Penn State.
Texas A&M received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship to keep their streak alive at 18 consecutive years. The Aggies are one of five teams to make it to every NCAA Tournament since 1995. The other schools include North Carolina (1982-2012), Notre Dame (1993-2012), Virginia (1994-2012) and Penn State (1995-2012). A&M head coach G Guerrieri and North Carolina's Anson Dorrance are the only two head coaches to appear in every NCAA Tournament since 1995.
AGGIES HISTORY AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Texas A&M is playing in its 18th NCAA Championship. The Aggies own a 24-17-3 mark in the tournament. Texas A&M has appeared in the Sweet 16 occasions and advanced to the Elite Eight four times.
Sweet 16 - 1995, '99, 2000, '00, '01, '03, '05, '06, '08, '09
Elite Eight - 2001, '02, '06, '08
HOSTING THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP AT ELLIS FIELD
The Aggies are 19-4-1 all-time in NCAA Championship games played at Ellis Field, including 12-2-1 in the first round. The Maroon and White are 9-1-0 in NCAA Championship games at Ellis Field since 2005. Texas A&M's last NCAA Championship loss at Ellis Field came against Texas (L, 3-2) in 2007.
FIRST ROUND NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS
In 17 NCAA Championship first round games, the Aggies own a 13-2-2 mark and have advanced to the second round on 15 occasions. The only two years Texas A&M did not advance to the second round were 1996 when it dropped a 5-3 decision to San Diego and 1997 when the Maroon and White was edged by SMU, 1-0. Both losses came in College Station, where the Aggies are 12-2-1 in NCAA Championship first round games. In 2003, the Aggies played SMU to a 1-1 draw through two overtimes before advancing on penalty kicks (4-1). In 2010, Texas A&M and North Dakota State played to a 1-1 draw through two overtime periods in Minneapolis before the Aggies advanced on penalty kicks (4-3).
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.
SCOUTING STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Stephen F. Austin is 17-3, including an 8-0 mark in league play. SFA is ranked 24th in the RPI and the Ladyjacks are 17th in the nation in goals-against average at 0.605. The Ladyjacks are making their third NCAA Championship appearance and the first since 2007. They earned the Southland Conference automatic bid with a 2-1 win over Lamar on Sunday. SLC Player of the Year Kylie Louw has 27 points with seven goals and 13 assists. She is SFA's career scoring leader with 96 points. Chelsea Raymond leads the team with 29 points with a team-high 13 goals and three assists. Laura Sadler (9 g, 1 a) and Zuri Prince (7 g, 5 a) both have 19 points on the year. The Ladyjacks have 13 shutouts on the season, tied for fifth in the nation. Lacey Lee has seen most of the action in goal with 1408 minutes over 16 games. She ranks second in the nation with a 0.38 GAA.
Texas A&M owns a 3-0 edge in the all-time series against Stephen F. Austin with all games played in College Station. The teams last met in 2007 in the first round of the NCAA Championship with the Aggies posting a 4-1 win highlighted by a pair Ashlee Pistorius goals in the first 10 minutes of action. The teams opened the 2006 season in College Station with a 3-0 win. The first meeting between the teams came in 1995 with the Aggies logging a 10-0 win.
VS. THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Texas A&M is 13-0 all-time against the Southland Conference, including 5-0 in NCAA Championship action. The Aggies scored a 4-1 win over Stephen F. Austin in 2007. The Maroon and White toppled Northwestern State in the first round of the NCAA Championship in 2002 and 2005. The Aggies beat Texas State in the opening round in 2001 (then Southwest Texas State) and 2004.
LAST TIME OUT - AUBURN
The Aggies peppered the Auburn defense with 19 shots, including 11 shots-on-goal, but Texas A&M was unable to find the back of the net in a 2-0 loss to the Tigers in the SEC Women's Soccer Tournament semifinal game at Orange Beach (Ala.) Sportsplex. The Aggies owned wide margings in shots (19-6) and shots-on-goal (11-3), along with a 7-4 edge in corner kicks, but were unable to manufacture goals. Auburn's Amy Howard made nine saves and Tigers' defenders made a pair of saves to post the shutout. Auburn scored its first goal in the 49th minute of action on a goal from Maddie Barnes. Texas A&M responded by firing three shots in less than 15 seconds that hit two defenders and Amy Howard. Auburn added an insurance goal by Tatiana Coleman in the 63rd minute to wrap up the win.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 180-27-5 (.860) 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 80-11-4 (.863) mark on the friendly pitch.
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 25-8-2 record against teams who were members of the SEC at the time and a 38-13-3 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 (3-1), Florida (4-3), Georgia (1-0), Kentucky (1-0-1), LSU (2-0-1), Mississippi State (1-0), Ole Miss (1-0), South Carolina (3-0) and Vanderbilt (4-0). The Maroon and White are 1-1 all-time against Auburn. The only SEC team Texas A&M has a losing record against is Tennessee (0-2).
THREE AGGIES ON TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM MID-SEASON RANKINGS
Sophomore Annie Kunz was ranked No. 23 and listed as the No. 10 forward. Sophomore midfielder Meghan Streight was ranked No. 39 on the list as a defender and Kelley Monogue, who was slowed early by injury, was ranked No. 92 on the list as a forward.
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.
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.
NEAR THE HEAD OF THE CLASS
The Aggies senior class owns a 63-22-9 record over the last four years. According to research done by CollegeSoccer360.com, Texas A&M's senior class is tied for 11th for the most wins over the last four years.
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.).
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 PRESEASON 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.
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.
DAY AMONG NATION'S LEADERS IN GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE
Sophomore Jordan Day ranks 15th in the nation in goals-against average with a 0.538 mark. She has allowed just 12 goals in 2,006 minutes of action. Day has recorded shutouts in 12 of the Aggies' 20 games. She now has 21 career shutouts and is the only player in school history to record seven consecutive shutouts. Nationally, Maggie Cropp of Mercer ranks first in GAA at 0.291, allowing three goals in 1,238 minutes of action. Day also ranks sixth in goal minutes played with 2,006.
SET PIECE MAGIC
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.
The Aggies' midseason 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.
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 352-112-25 (.745), 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. With the seasons of James Madison and William and Mary over, Guerrieri has an opportunity to make up ground on David Lombardo (356) and John Daly (360) who stand in seventh and sixth place on the victories list, respectively. 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.
Texas A&M is one of 15 teams with at least a dozen shutouts on the season. The Aggies 13 shutouts are tied for fifth among NCAA Division I schools. Marquette and UCF lead the nation with 15 shutouts on the year. Florida State and potential third round opponent Florida State have posted 14 shutouts. A&M ranks eighth in shutout percentage at .591 (13 shutouts in 22 games). Marquette leads the nation at .750 (15 shutouts in 20 games).
The 12 goals by Aggie opponents through the first 22 games is the fewest in school history. The previous low was the 1997 season when Texas A&M yielded 13 goals through 21 games. Last season, the Maroon and White allowed 25 goals en route to a 15-5-2 start.
Texas A&M ranks eighth in NCAA Division I with a 0.534 goals-against average with nine goals in 2,022 minutes. The Aggies trail Baylor (0.474), UCF (0.487), Utah State (0.487), BYU (.501), Valparaiso (0.508), San Diego State (0.514) and Cal State Northridge (0.531).
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.
- Annie Kunz enters the game ranked sixth in the SEC in points (23) and ninth in points per game (1.05)
- Kunz ranks fourth in goals (11) and tied for fifth in goals per game (0.50)
- Kelley Monogue is tied for fifth in goals (9) and ranks fifth in goals per game (0.36)
- Jayne Eadie is tied for fourth with eight assists and ranks fifth in assists per game (0.38)
- Meghan Streight is tied for ninth with six assists
- Kunz is tied for second with four game-winning goals
- Jordan Day leads the conference with a 0.54 goals-against average, a .860 save percentage and 12 shutouts.
DAY SETS A&M SINGLE-SEASON SHUTOUT MARK
With her shutout against Vanderbilt, Jordan Day claimed the school record for most shutouts in a season. She now owns 12 on the year, 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 last season and her 21 career shutouts rank third behind only Wilson (32.3) and Kati Jo Spisak (24.0).
Entering the NCAA Championship, Day ranks sixth in goalie minutes (2006), 15th in goals-against average (0.538) and 19th in save percentage (.860).
AGGIES RECORD NINTH-CONSECUTIVE 15-WIN SEASONS
At 17-3-1, the Aggies have their ninth consecutive 15-win season dating back to 2004. In their 20 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.
The Aggies' recent 12-game unbeaten string (11-0-1) trails only a 16-game string in 2002 when the Maroon and White went 15-0-1. The Aggies also registered a 12-game string in 2007 when A&M went 11-0-1.
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 Aggies were on the tube four times during the regular-season. Thus far, the Maroon and White are 2-1 on television. 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 Aggies were edged out by No. 18 Florida, 2-1, in an ESPNU game on Oct. 7. The Missouri game on Oct. 25 will be on SportSouth/ESPN3.