Soccer Opens 2001 Season At The Baylor Labor Day Classic

Aug. 28, 2001

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ON TAP: Under the direction of first-year head coach Ray Leone, the Arizona State soccer team (0-0) will open the 2001 season in Waco, Texas at the Baylor Labor Day Classic. ASU will first go against host Baylor (0-0) on Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. CST and then face La Salle (0-0) at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 2.

BAYLOR LABOR DAY CLASSIC NOTES: This is Baylor's third annual tournament ... Baylor defeated SMU, 3-0, in an exhibition game leading up to tournament ... this will be the first meeting between ASU and Baylor, as well as ASU against La Salle ... Baylor is 3-0-1 in their tournament contests.

OPENING DAY NOTES: Arizona State holds a 4-1 all-time record on opening day/night ... the Sun Devils are a perfect 4-0 when they open on the road ... ASU has outscored its opponents 14-4, including posting three shutouts.

HEAD COACH RAY LEONE: Former Clemson University women's soccer head coach Ray Leone becomes only the school's second head coach as he takes over the helm of Arizona State's five-year old program. One of the most successful coaches in the NCAA, Leone brings a wealth of coaching experience, as well as an outstanding 11-year head coaching career record of 148-65-13 (.684 winning percentage). This past 2000 season, Leone was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to the school's first ACC regular-season title, finishing with a 5-1-1 record. The Clemson squad compiled a record of 16-1-1 in the regular season and earned a No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship. After reaching the 'Elite 8' for the third time in four years, Leone's team finished with a school record 19-3-1 overall record and a No. 5 national ranking. Leone and his wife, Tracey -- the team's head coach since its inception in 1994, who is currently on leave to coach the U-16 U.S. National Team -- arrived at Clemson in 1994, the Tigers have been to the NCAA Tournament each season, advancing three times to the quarterfinals in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Additionally, Leone's 1994 Clemson squad was the first team in NCAA women's soccer history to make the NCAA Tournament in its first varsity season.

THE ASSISTANTS: Coming over from Clemson with Coach Leone is Alyssa O'Brien, who begins her first season as an assistant coach at Arizona State. O'Brien assisted Clemson to two Elite Eight appearances in both 1999 and 2000. While at Clemson, O'Brien helped lead the Tigers to the school's first Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title. O'Brien's goalkeeper garnered ACC Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2000, as well as All-South honors in 1999. Under O'Brien's tutelage, Clemson's goalkeepers and defense had the ACC's lowest team goals-against average in both 1999 and 2000. Former Princeton University women's soccer assistant coach Mike Calise begins his first year at Arizona State also as an assistant coach under Ray Leone. Calise comes to Tempe from Princeton where he helped to lead the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1983, and their first Ivy League crown since 1982. Instrumental in the team's success, Calise helped to lead Princeton to the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and 2000, as well as to help the Tigers set a school record with their Ivy League title and a 13-5-1 finish. Calise was also a main reason that Princeton had one of the nation's top-25 recruiting classes in the country in 1999 and 2000. In the spring of 2000, Calise served as the interim head coach of the Tigers while head coach Julie Shackford was on maternity leave.

PAC-10 HONOR ROLL: Led by senior Stacey Tullock's first-team selection, the Sun Devils have four All-Pacific-10 Conference honorees back for the 2001 season. Tullock, who earned her third consecutive first-team honor, is joined by fellow senior and two-time second-team member Antoinette Marjanovic and sophomore honorable mention selections Patrice Feulner and Haley Van Blommestein.

TOUTING TULLOCK: Senior 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 earned 2000 All-American second-team recognition by Soccer Buzz, Soccer America and the NSCAA. The U-21 National team member was also a first-team all-region choice by Soccer Buzz and a second team pick by the NSCAA. In 2000, half her goals came as game-winners, while leading the team in goals (14), game-winning goals (7) and points (33). Tullock scored at least one goal in eight of the first nine games. She scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to defeat fifth-ranked UCLA and scored another game-winning overtime goal against Georgia. Despite being constantly marked, Tullock also factored into the team scoring (goal or assist) in 14 games and scored at least one goal in 12 games. A five-time member of Soccer America's Team of the Week, Tullock is ASU's career leader in every offensive category: goals (44), assists (19), points (107), game-winners (15). Additionally, with her one goal and one assist performance against the Oregon schools (Oct., 8, 2000), Tullock -- in just over 2 and half years -- broke the century mark in career points.

TEXAS CONNECTION: Three Arizona State players all hail from the Lone Star state: Junior forward Holly Cohen, a 1999 graduate of Franklin High School in El Paso, Freshman forward Stephanie Peel, a 2001 graduate of Plano East Senior in Plano, Senior goalkeeper Kristin Slater, a 1998 graduate of Klein High School in Spring. Besides Arizona and California, who each contribute four players to the team, Texas is the next state along with Washington with three players each.

2000 IN REVIEW: Finished its most successful season in school history with a 14-7-1 overall record ... tallied a 4-5 Pacific-10 record for a seventh place finish ... earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round ... defeated SW Missouri State 2-0 (1st round) and loss to Portland 3-1 (2nd round) ... also cracked the top-25 for the first time in school history, reaching a high as No. 13 ... posted a 11-3-1 record at home ... set nine new school records ... ASU's 10th shutout of the season, a 2-0 blanking over SW Missouri St., broke the previous school record of six in a single season set in 1999 ... also set a new team assists record with 50, breaking the 1997 record of 41 ... set a new single-game home attendance record of 890 against Arizona ... tallied the most points in school history with 142, breaking the 1997 record of 129 ... also posted 347 shots, breaking the 1998 record of 313 ... ASU's 14 wins set a new record, breaking the 1999 total of 13 ... set three team records in 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) ... the eight assists in the game broke the 1999 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 ... Stacey Tullock earned her third All-American honor, claiming NSCAA/adidas second-team accolades ... she also earned her third first-team All-Pac-10 selection ... Tullock's the schools all-time leader in points, goals, assists and game-winners ... forward Patrice Feulner tallied back-to-back hat tricks -- one against Pittsburgh and Eastern Michigan ... Antoinette Marjanovic was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 3-9) with her two game-winning goals against the Oregon Schools ... extended its all-time undefeated record to 5-0 against Arizona with a 3-1 win ... a school record six ASU players earned All-Pac-10 honors, while five players garnered Academic All-Pac-10 recognition.

RECRUITING CLASS HONORED: According to Soccer Buzz Magazine, for the second straight year, Arizona State's recruiting class landed in the top-25. The 2001 class, which features six Olympic Development Program players, earned a No. 15 national ranking and a No. 5 ranking within the West Region.

NATIONAL RANKING: The Sun Devils managed to crack one of the four soccer polls heading into the 2001 season, while receiving votes in two others.

NSCAA: RV

Soccertimes: RV

Soccer America: NR

Soccer Buzz: 21st

SUMMER TRAINING: Over the summer, five Arizona State players competed in some very competitive leagues. Sophomore defender Temryss Lane played at the U.S. Soccer Festival in Chicago, helping her earn a spot on the U-23 Women's National B soccer team. Lane, a native of Bellingham, Wash., was named to the national pool after traveling to Chicago with the Region IV team, an elite group of 18-23-year-old players from the West. Lane's team fell to the Region II team, however, Lane scored both of Region IV's goals in regulation. Sophomore defender Amy LePeilbet and forward Patrice Feulner both played (again) on the USL W2 Chicago Cobra team, making it all the way to the final four. Additionally, incoming freshman Stephanie Peel played in the W League along with sophomore midfielder Haley Van Blommestein, who starred in the W1 League for the Seattle Sounders.

SCHEDULE: As only one of three teams in all of collegiate soccer to play both NCAA Champion North Carolina and NCAA Runner-up UCLA, that, in itself, should say enough about this year's schedule. Not only does Leone and his staff have the challenge of replacing several key positions, but also the challenge of a grueling road schedule. ASU will go from 14 home games last year to 12 away for 2001. After three difficult non-conference tournaments and several non-conference games, the Sun Devils will jump into the ever formidable Pac-10 Conference that featured seven of the 10 conference teams earning NCAA Tournament bids last year.

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