Soccer Hosts SW Missouri State In NCAA First Round
Nov. 6, 2000
- ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (13-6-1, 4-5-0 Pac-10) will host a first round NCAA tournament game against Southwest Missouri State University (12-10-1, 4-3-0 Missouri Valley) on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at Sun Devil Socer Stadium located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rural Road, behing the band practice fields.
NCAA INFORMATION: This is Arizona State's first post season appearance, earning one of 24 at-large bids. The winner of the Arizona State/Southwest Missouri State game will advance to the second round to face host Portland (15-3-0), who earned a bye in the first round, on Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. (MST) Arizona time. Other teams in ASU's bracket are second-seeded Washington (17-2-0) (earned a bye in the first round) and Washington State (13-6-0), who will host Montana (15-4-1) on Wednesday as well.
ABOUT SW MISSOURI STATE: This will be the first meeting between the two schools. SW Missouri State qualified for their first ever NCAA selection by winning the Missouri Valley Tournament. The third-seeded Bears did not allow a single goal as they defeated Northern Iowa (5-0), Illinois State (1-0 OT) and top-seeded Evansville (1-0) in the championship game. The team is led by sophomore defender April Lee's 21 points (9 goals/3 assists/1 game-winner). Eight different players have recorded a game-winner, led by senior midfielder Stacey Smolarczyk's three tallies. Goalkeeper Jennifer Grocki has started in all 23 games, posting nine shutouts with a 1.48 gaa. Head Coach Rob Brewer is in his fifth season at SMS and holds a 51-49-5 record and a 119-77-7 career mark in 10 seasons. Junior Rachelle Smith hails from Scottsdale, Ariz. and preped at Paradise Valley High School.
LAST WEEKEND: ASU earned a spilt, defeating fifth-ranked UCLA, 1-0 in two overtimes and falling to 13th-ranked USC, 1-0 in one overtime. It lasted until midway through the second overtime period, but junior All-American Stacey Tullock sealed arguably the biggest win in ASU history as the Sun Devils beat the Bruins for the first time. It was a defensive battle for the first period as UCLA outshot Arizona State 6-2. The Bruins then tallied 10 shots in the second period, but could not get a shot by goalkeeper Erin Reinke. It looked like the game was heading for a tie, until a loose ball scramble 10 yards in front of the box enabled Tullock to pop the ball over the Bruin's goalkeeper as she came out to try and block the shot. Sophomore Holly Cohen was credited with the assist as she slid the ball into traffic for Tullock. The game-winner was the sixth this year for Tullock, a single-season record at Arizona State. Against USC with one second left on the clock in the first overtime period, USC's Isabelle Harvey sealed the win for the Trojans. At the 104:59 mark, Harvey took the ball in traffic from five yards out and shot the ball into the right side of the net pass a diving Reinke. Throughout regulation both teams fought each other on the offensive and defensive sides, but neither team could find the net. USC ended the game with 18 shots, while ASU posted 11. Six of ASU's 11 shots were on goal. Reinke made six saves.
YOUNG GUN: Freshman forward Patrice Feulner (St. Charles, Ill.) has made an immediate impact on ASU's front line. She's second in points (29) assists (7) (ties the single-season record) and goals (11). She has also tallied back-to-back hat tricks this season -- one against Pittsburgh and Eastern Michigan. Feulner is already ASU's fifth all-time leader in goals and sixth all-time leader in points. In addition, Feulner is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in points (1.45), eighth in assists (7), and ninth in goals (11).
TOUTING TULLOCK: Junior All-American Stacey Tullock (Phoenix, Arizona) continues to heat up the playing field. The 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year and 1998 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Tullock was named a 2000 preseason first team All-American by Soccer Buzz and a second team All American by Soccer America. Tullock is ASU's career leader in every offensive category: goals (43), assists (19), points (105), game-winners (14). Although playing in only 18 of ASU's 20 games, Tullock leads this year's team in points (31), goals (13), game-winning goals (6), shots (79) and shots on goal (40). In addition, Tullock has scored at least one goal in 12 of ASU's 18 games she has played in this season. Tullock has produced two golden goals this year. One against Georgia which landed her on Soccer America's Team of the Week -- her fourth career appearance. She also tallied the dramatic goal against UCLA in the second overtime period. Additionally, with her one goal and one assist performace against the Oregon schools (Oct., 8), Tullock -- in just over 2 and half years -- broke the century mark in career points.
DEFENSIVE DEVILS: Through 20 games, ASU has allowed 20 goals (five in one game) ... Senior defenders Jessica Bohl and Jaclyn Clark, along with freshmen Amy LePeilbet and Temryess Lane have held opponents to a 0.93 shot percentage ... ASU has allowed more than one goal scored against them only three times this season ... Senior goalkeeper Erin Reinke, has recorded 8.5 shutouts this year (third in the Pac-10) and has made 86 saves ... She has a 0.98 goals-against average ... As a team ASU is fourth in the Pac-10 in shutouts (9) and corner kicks (111) ... The nine shutouts this year is a new school record ... The 20 goals allowed is also a new record, breaking last season's total of 23.
MARJANOVIC HONORED: Junior midfielder Antoinette Marjanovic was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 3-9) with her two game-winning goals against the Oregon Schools. This was Marjanovic's first Pac-10 honor.
FRESHMEN INFLUENCE: The Sun Devils start five freshmen a game with each player making significant contributions: Patrice Feulner (F), Haley van Blommestein (M), Temryss Lane (D), Amy LePeilbet (D), Emily Schwimmer (M/F). Combined the five have produced 46 points with 15 goals, 16 assists and three game-winners.
HOME COOKING: Over the past two seasons, Arizona State holds a 18-5-1 home record, including a 10-3-1 mark this year.
SENIOR'S HONORED: Seven Arizona State seniors played their last regular season home games at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium this past weekend. Ending their careers were defender Jessica Bohl, defender/forward Jaclyn Clark, defender Megan Gillaspie, forward/midfielder Karine Inoue, goalkeeper Erin Reinke, midfielder/defender Shanel Scott and midfielder/defender Marianne Simmons.
COUNT ON US: Jessica Bohl has never missed a start during her four year playing career, having started and played in 77 games. Jaclyn Clark has played in 73 games, starting 72, while Erin Reinke has recorded 71 games between the pipes.
BREAKING SCORING RECORDS: Arizona State set three team records in their 7-0 shutout over Pittsburgh. The seven goals scored broke the old record of six against Utah State in 1997. (ASU tied the record again with a 7-0 win over Eastern Michigan). ASU's eight assists in the game broke last year's mark set against Wyoming when the Sun Devils tallied seven. The 22 total points (7 g/8 a) set an all-time high, breaking the old mark of 17 points also against Wyoming.
MORE RECORDS SET...AND COUNTING: ASU's ninth shutout of the season, a 1-0 blanking over UCLA, broke the previous school record of six in a single season set last year ... ASU also set a new team assists record with 47, breaking the 1997 record of 41 ... ASU set a new single-game home attendance record of 890 against Arizona ... ASU has tallied the most points in school history with 133, breaking the 1997 record of 129 ... the Sun Devils have also posted 332 shots, breaking the 1998 record of 313.
GOING ON THE OFFENSE: Arizona State is fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, averaging 2.15 goals per game. Arizona State is at or near the top in the Pac-10 in every major offensive category. The Sun Devils are first in assists (47), first in assist per game (2.35) fourth in points (133) and fifth in goals (43). The Sun Devils also like to help each other, placing two players (Clark, Feulner) in the top eight of the Pac-10 assists leaders.
SUN DEVIL SOCCER STADIUM: This season Arizona State christened its new soccer stadium. Located on the same field, the new 1,050 seat stadium features chairback and bench seating, a spacious locker room, team room and training room.
UNITED KINGDOM TOUR: The Sun Devils spent the second half of July touring the United Kingdom, playing five matches against some of the region's top teams. ASU posted a 4-1 record, outscoring its opponents 20-3. Junior All-American Stacey Tullock led the team with 14 points (5 g/4 a), while sophomore Holly Cohen netted 12 points (5 g/2 a).
CORNER KICKS: ASU returns its four all-time points leaders (Tullock, Inoue, Marjanovic, Clark) ... 10 players have at least three points ... 11 players have scored at least one goal this year ... seven different players (Schwimmer, Marjanovic, Inoue, Feulner, Lane, Tullock, Cohen) have each tallied a game-winning goal this year ... Franco Bari and Chris Sagar join Patraw's staff as new assistants ... ASU played 14 of its 20 regulaer season games at home this year ... the Sun Devils hold a 23-17-2 record against their 2000 opponents ... ASU is 7-14 all-time against Top-25 competition.