Soccer Hosts Mississippi And Pepperdine

Sept. 18, 2001

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ON TAP: The Arizona State women's soccer team (3-1) will host the University of Mississippi (2-3) on Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Pepperdine University (3-0-1) on Sunday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. Both games are played at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium located on the corner of Rural Road and Sixth Street, behind the band practice fields and adjacent to the Adidas Athletic Performance building. This is the first meeting between ASU and Mississippi as well as Pepperdine.

LAST WEEK: Due to the events in New York and Washington D.C., the match against top-ranked North Carolina at the College Showcase in Houston, Texas was cancelled and will not be made up this season.

HOME COOKING: Since the beginning of the 1999 season, Arizona State holds a 20-5-1 (.788) home record. In the program's five year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium ASU is 32-17-2 (.647) overall.

CENTURY MARK: When Arizona State kicks off against Mississippi, it will mark the school's 100th game in the program's five year history. The Sun Devils are 53-43-3 (.551) during that span

FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: With her three goal performance in ASU's season opener against Baylor, sophomore Patrice Feulner has now recorded three career hat tricks. For her effort against Baylor, Feulner was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week and to the Soccer Buzz Elite Feet Team of the Week.

D-FENCE: Through four games this season, the Sun Devils have been strong on the defensive front. They have allowed only one goal to be scored, while limiting opponents to just over five shots per game. Dating back to last season, five of ASU's past eight games have been shutouts. Senior goalkeeper Kristin Slater has logged 315 minutes this season, making only 10 saves with 2.5 shutouts. She is ranked 19th in the country with a 0.29 goals-against average.

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.

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, In 2001, Tullock has already netted three goals and posted one assist. 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 (47), assists (20), points (114), 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.

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.

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.

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