A&M Faces Oakland in NCAA Tournament Second Round
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies continue their postseason run on Friday when they take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in an NCAA Divison I Women's Soccer Championship second round game Friday afternoon. First kick at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla., is slated for 3:30 p.m. Central. With a win, the Aggies would take on the winner of the Florida State/Texas Tech match at 12 p.m. on Sunday. 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 15th time Texas A&M has advanced to the second round.
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The winner of Friday's contest will face the winner of the match between Texas Tech and Florida State. The NCAA Championship Regional Semifinal will take place at 12 p.m. on Sunday in the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Florida.
WHERE ARE THE AGGIES RANKED?
In the final week of regular season polling, A&M is ranked No. 15 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll, tied for No. 13 in the Soccer Times rankings and No. 17 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, keeping its streak alive at 18 consecutive years in the tournament. The Aggies are one of five teams to make it to every NCAA Championship 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 25-17-3 mark in the tournament. Texas A&M has appeared in the Sweet 16 on 10 occasions and advanced to the Elite Eight four times.
Sweet 16 - 1995, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '05, '06, '08, '09
Elite Eight - 2001, '02, '06, '08
NCAA SECOND ROUND ACTION
The Aggies are 7-6-2 all-time in NCAA second round action, advancing to the Sweet 16 on nine occasions (A&M has been to 10 Sweet 16s... The Aggies lost their second-round game of the 1995 NCAA Championship which was then the Sweet 16 round). This marks the second consecutive season the Aggies are playing a second round game at a neutral site. Last season, Texas A&M lost to Virginia Tech, 3-1, in Charlottesville, Va. In 2002 (1-1 vs. SMU) and 2009 (1-1 at LSU), the Aggies played to a draw but advanced on penalty kicks. The NCAA rules in 2002 counted the penalty kick result against SMU as a victory, thus the 2002 team is credited with a 20-5-1 record instead of a 19-5-2 mark.
Oakland is 11-5-4, including a 6-2 mark in league play. The Golden Grizzlies went through the league tournament without conceding a goal and have allowed only one goal over the last five matches. Oakland defeated Fort Wayne, 2-0, in The Summit League Tournament championship game in Brookings, S.D., to earn conference's automatic bid. The Grizzlies went on the road and defeated Ohio State (1-1, 3-1 PK) in the first round of the NCAA Championships. Oakland is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Grizzlies offense is led by Kyla Kellerman with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. Defensively, Oakland is led by Kara Weber. Kellerman and Weber were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. Shannon Coley has seen the most action between the pipes, with a GAA of 0.80 in 1578 minutes of action. Coley has also posted eight shutouts on the season.
Texas A&M and Oakland have never met on the soccer pitch.
VERSUS THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Texas A&M has only faced an opponent from The Summit League on one prior occasion. The Aggies played North Dakota State to a 1-1 draw in NCAA Championship first round action in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2010. A&M advanced to the second round, winning the penalty kick shootout 4-3. After Mary Grace Schmidt missed the Aggies' first PK, they followed with four in a row to capitalize on a pair of misses by the Bisons. Current Aggies Catalina Clavijo and Rachel Lenz made the second and third goals to help A&M advance. The conference began sponsoring women's soccer in 1999 under the moniker Mid-Continent Conference. It changed its name to The Summit League prior to the 2008 season.
LAST TIME OUT - STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Annie Kunz scored the game's lone goal and the Texas A&M defense logged its 14th shutout of the season as the No. 15 Aggies defeated Stephen F. Austin, 1-0, in NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship first round action at Ellis Field. After being outshot by a 7-1 margin early on, the Aggies scored on their second shot of the game and held a 17-6 shooting edge down the stretch, including 12-5 in the second half. A&M owned a slim margin in shots-on-goal (6-4) while Stephen F. Austin owned a large lead in corner kicks (8-1) which it was unable to capitalize on.
ELLIS FIELD ADVANTAGE
Texas A&M owns a 181-27-5 (.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 81-11-4 (.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 64-22-9 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 eighth in the nation in goals-against average with a 0.515 mark. She has allowed just 12 goals in 2,096 minutes of action. Day has recorded shutouts in 13 of the Aggies' 23 games. She now has 22 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 fourth in goal minutes played with 2,096.
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 353-112-25 (.746), 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 tied with Radford for fourth in NCAA Division I with 14 shutouts on the season. Marquette leads the nation with 16 shutouts on the year. Potential third-round opponent Florida State and UCF both have 15 shutouts. A&M ranks sixth in shutout percentage at .609 (14 shutouts in 23 games). Marquette leads the nation at .762 (16 shutouts in 21 games).
The 12 goals by Aggie opponents through the first 23 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 16-5-2 start.
Texas A&M ranks fifth in NCAA Division I with a 0.534 goals-against average with nine goals in 2,112 minutes. The Aggies trail Baylor (0.474), San Diego State (0.491), UCF (0.504) and Valparaiso (0.508).
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 is tied for first with five game-winning goals
Kunz enters the game ranked sixth in the SEC in points (25) and sixth in points per game (1.09)
Kunz is tied for third in goals (12) and ranks fourth in goals per game (0.52)
Kelley Monogue is tied for fifth in goals (9) and is tied for ninth in goals per game (0.41)
Jayne Eadie is tied for fourth with eight assists and ranks seventh in assists per game (0.35)
Meghan Streight is tied for 10th with six assists
Jordan Day leads the conference with a 0.52 goals-against average, a .867 save percentage and 13 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 13 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 22 career shutouts rank third behind only Wilson (32.3) and Kati Jo Spisak (24.0).
Entering the NCAA Championship second round play, Day ranks fourth in goalie minutes (2,096:11), eighth in goals-against average (0.515) and 16th in save percentage (.867).
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.
HOSTING THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP AT ELLIS FIELD
The Aggies are 20-4-1 all-time in NCAA Championship games played at Ellis Field, including 13-2-1 in the first round. The Maroon and White are 10-1-0 in NCAA Championship games at Ellis Field since 2005. Texas A&M's last NCAA Championship loss at Ellis Field came against Texas (L, 2-3) in 2007.
LONE STAR DOMINANCE
Since the 2008 season, the Aggies own a 18-0-3 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 matches against Lone Star opponents, 2-0 against UTSA and 1-0 against Stephen F. Austin.
VERSUS THE FIELD
The Aggies went 5-3-1 during the regular season against teams in the NCAA Championship field. A&M scored wins over Long Beach State, Rutgers, Central Michigan, Missouri and Auburn. The Maroon and White dropped decisions to Tennessee, Florida and Auburn. Texas A&M and Kentucky played to a tie.
VERSUS THE REMAINING FIELD
The Aggies went 2-2-1 against teams currently in the NCAA Championship field. A&M scored wins over Rutgers and Auburn and dropped decisions to Florida and Auburn. The Aggies and Kentucky played to a tie.
CLIMBING THE SCHOOL WINS LIST
With an 18-4-1 mark, the Aggies are tied for their third-highest win total in school history. A&M posted a school-record 20 wins in 2002 with a 20-5-1 mark. In 1996, the Aggies went 19-4. The Maroon and White have seven other seasons with 18 wins, including 1995, '97, 2000, '04, '05, '07 and '08.
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.