Soccer Travels To Lexington, Kentucky For Tournament Play
Sept. 26, 2001
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (4-2) will travel to Lexington, Kentucky to partake in the Traditional Bank Invitational Tournament. The Sun Devils will open the tournament against 12th-ranked and host Kentucky (7-0) on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. and then play Furman (5-2) on Sunday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. All times are Eastern. This will be the first meeting between Arizona State and Kentucky as well as Furman.
LAST WEEK: The Sun Devils spilt their last pair of games at home, defeating Mississippi, 3-1 and falling to Pepperdine, 3-0. Against Ole Miss, ASU wasted little time getting on the board as Patrice Feulner netted her first goal of the night at the 7:01 mark. Feulner got a rebound back off of a scramble in front of the net and shot the ball into the open goal from 5-yards out. Amy LePeilbet was credited with the assist. However, in the 16th minute, Ole Miss tied the score at one apiece. The spectacular game-winning goal came in the 64th minute by Feulner, her seventh goal of the year and third game-winner. After Antoinette Marjanovic dribbled the ball down the sideline, Feulner broke for the box and dove head first into the ball, heading it into the net. Against Pepperdine, the Sun Devils looked to take any early lead in the 13th minute when Marjanovic dribbled down towards the goal with two Pepperdine defenders with her. Marjanovic shot the ball pass the goalkeeper for the score, but was waved off on an apparent late offsides call by the head referee. Pepperdine did get on the board in the 36th minute as they shot the ball pass a diving Kristin Slater for a goal into the bottom left corner. The Sun Devils had several more scoring chances in the second half, but were unable to break the Wave defense. The Waves tallied its next goal in the 80th minute off of a penalty kick and sealed the match in the 84th minute on a goal that scored off of a rebound from ASU's Slater.
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.
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 four 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 (48), assists (20), points (116), 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.
HOME COOKING: Since the beginning of the 1999 season, Arizona State holds a 21-6-1 (.768) home record. In the program's five year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium ASU is 33-18-2 (.632) overall.
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 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.
CORNER KICKS: The Sun Devils start only two upperclassmen, while freshmen and sophomores make up the rest of the lineup ... ASU has out scored its opponents 9-2 in the second half ... the Pac-10 Conference holds a 39-12-4 (.745) record against non conference opponents this year ... four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-16, while three are ranked in the top-8 ... five of the next six ASU games are on the road ... ASU is 1-1 on the road and 1-0 at neutral sites this year.