COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies close the books on their eight-game homestand on Sunday as they host the Cal Poly Mustangs in a 7 pm contest at Ellis Field. The Aggies will also be wrapping up their non-conference slate with their last match before heading to Knoxville to open up SEC play against the Tennessee Volunteers next Friday. Junior Shea Groom hopes to cap off the weekend by adding to her explosive performance in the Aggies’ 3-1 win over UMass on Friday. Groom recorded the Aggies’ first hat trick since September 18, 2011.
SUNDAY VS CAL POLY
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The Aggies hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Knoxville for their SEC opener at Tennessee.
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DAY CLIMBING CAREER WINS LIST
Jordan Day enters Sunday with a 36-13-4 record between the pipes. With her last victory, she moved past Kelly Dyer (35-11-4 - 2007-10) for fifth place on Texas 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 and Sunny McConnell (1993-96) with 42.
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 GOALS LIST
With her two goals last Friday, Kelley Monogue passed Yvette Okler (1993-96) for eighth place on A&M’s career goals list with 33. The next targets on the list will be No.7 Kristen Strutz (34 - 2000-03), 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.
LAST TIME OUT - UMASS
Shea Groom logged her first career hat trick and the first by an Aggie since Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue each registered hat tricks in a 13-1 thumping of the Fordham Rams at Ellis Field on September 18, 2011. Groom scored two goals in a minute span to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead with 27:34 remaining in the first half. In the 80th minute, she added her third to give A&M a 3-1 advantage. Bianca Brinson tallied assists on the first two goals and Liz Keester offered the assistance on the third.
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.
SCOUTING CAL POLY
Cal Poly was off to its first 4-0-0 start since the 2003 season, before dropping a 4-0 decision at Baylor on Friday. The Mustangs have outscored opponents 15-6 on the season with wins over Loyola Marymount (3-0), Cal State Bakersfield (5-2), Sacramento State (4-0) and San Jose State (3-0). Sophomore Elise Krieghoff has scored 10 of Cal Poly’s 15 goals, adding one assist for 21 points on the year. She has earned Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors all three weeks this season. Senior Kacey Held has a team-high four assists.
SERIES VS. CAL POLY
This marks the first ever meeting between Texas A&M and Cal Poly on the pitch.
VERSUS THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
The Aggies are 4-2-0 all-time against the current membership of the Big West Conference, including 0-1-0 vs Cal State Fullerton, 1-0-0 vs Cal State Northridge, 1-0-0 vs Long Beach State and 2-1-0 vs UC Irvine. The Aggies have yet to face Cal Poly, Hawaii, UC Davis, UC Riverside or UC Santa Barbara.
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 358-115-26 (.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 (360) and John Daly (363) 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
This season, Sanchez-Quintanar has appeared in four matches, logging 69 minutes.
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.
9/7/2001 vs #16 Stanford at San Marcos, Texas L, 2-4
8/27/2004 vs #15 Michigan College Station, Texas W, 2-1
8/25/2006 vs #3 North Carolina College Station, Texas W, 1-0 (2ot)
8/22/2009 vs #8 USC College Station, Texas W, 3-0
8/20/2010 vs #1 North Carolina College Station, Texas L, 0-3
8/23/2013 vs Duke College Station, Texas L, 0-1
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.
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.
DAY EARNS SECOND CAREER SEC 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.
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.