Soccer Ends The Regular Season In Tucson Against Rival Arizona
Nov. 7, 2001
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (9-8-1, 3-4-1 Pac-10) will close out its regular season schedule in Tucson when the Sun Devil take on the University of Arizona (5-11-1, 2-6-0 Pac-10) on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. Arizona State holds a 6-0 all-time record against the Wildcats.
LAST WEEKEND: In its final two home Pac-10 matches, Arizona State came away with a big win over second-ranked Stanford and a 1-1 tie against 23rd-ranked California. Against Stanford, just three minutes into the first overtime period freshman Kathleen Dely netted one of the biggest goals in Arizona State history as ASU knocked off second-ranked Stanford 1-0. The win over Stanford was the highest ranked team the Sun Devils have ever knocked off. In front of a new Sun Devil Stadium attendance record of 1,142 fans, All-American Stacey Tullock chipped the ball over the Stanford defense as Dely broke for the goal. Dely then controlled the ball and shot it pass the diving Stanford goalkeeper into the lower left corner of the goal. ASU senior goalkeeper Kristin Slater made five saves on the night to post her fourth solo shutout of the year. Against the Golden Bears, two first period goals from each team was all the scoring as Arizona State tied with 23rd-ranked California 1-1. California struck first in the 24th minute on a goal from 25 yards out off of a low line drive that skidded on the ground into the lower left corner pass a diving Slater. Arizona State evened the match in the 38th minute from two local products. In a scrambled in front of the goal, freshman Marlina Fletcher (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza) took a pass from Tullock (Phoenix, Ariz./Thunderbird) from about 5-yards out and kicked it pass the California goalkeeper. The goal by Fletcher was also her first career. In an a very even match, that was all both teams could score in regulation or in two overtime frames. Each team made several rushes in overtime, but each was turned back by good defensive plays and goalkeeping. Slater made six saves to preserve the tie.
SLATER HONORED: Goalkeeper Kristin Slater was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week (Oct.29-Nov. 4) for her performances against the Bay Area schools. The senior from Spring, Texas, made five saves to shutout #2 Stanford and six saves to hold #23 California to a 1-1 tie.
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.
PEEL-IGHTFUL: Freshman Stephanie Peel shows why she is one of the top players on this year's team. Peel, a forward from Plano, Texas, excelled in both of ASU's wins over 12th-ranked Kentucky and Furman. She posted two goals and added two assists as she helped ASU capture the Traditional Bank Invitation Tournament in Lexington, Ky. A memorable first goal as a Sun Devil, Peel took a corner kick against Kentucky and bend the ball into the goal, unassisted. For her efforts at the tournament, which included being named to the all-tournament team, Peel was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Week.
ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: After claiming the tournament title, four ASU players were named to the Traditional Bank Invitational All-Tournament Team. On the defensive side, goalkeeper Kristin Slater made several key saves, while defender Amy LePeilbet and company helped Slater clamp down on their opponents, allowing only one goal. Stacey Tullock and Stephanie Peel each added to the offense as the Sun Devils out scored its opponents 5-1.
TOUTING TULLOCK: Senior All-American Stacey Tullock (Phoenix, Arizona) continues to heat up the playing field, In 2001, Tullock has netted six goals and posted six assists. 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 (50), assists (25), points (125), game-winners (16). 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.
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. The forward from St. Charles, Illinois, leads the team in goals (10), points (23) and game-winners (3) and is second in shots (49). Only a sophomore, Feulner's 22 career goals already places her second all-time in ASU history.
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-19 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.
OVERTIME RECORD: Four of Arizona State's last five matches have all gone into overtime ... ASU is 1-2-1 in those matches ... the four overtime matches sets a new school record, breaking the old record of three set in the 1999 and 2000 seasons ... three of the four OT matches were against top-25 competition.
SENIOR SALUTE: The Sun Devils say good bye to three senior players on Friday when ASU faces Arizona. All-American midfielder Stacey Tullock, the school's most prolific offensive player, will end her stellar career as ASU's all-time leader in every offensive category. Midfielder Antoinette Marjanovic will also end a quite successful career as ASU's second all-time leader in all of the offensive categories. Goalkeeper Kristin Slater ends her career with five solo shutouts. This year, Slater had her most productive and successful season as she posted four solo shutouts, including a shutout over 14th-ranked Kentucky and second-ranked Stanford. She has also posted a 1.06 goals against average.
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 18-8 in the second half ... the Pac-10 Conference holds a 63-27-7 (.686) record against non conference opponents this year ... four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-17, while two are ranked in the top-4 ... ASU is 4-3-1 at home, 3-5-0 on the road and 2-0-0 at neutral sites this year ... 56 of ASU's 86 total points this year have been scored be either freshmen or sophomores ... seven of ASU's nine game winning goals have been scored by either freshmen or sophomores ... ASU went undefeated (4-0) in two tournaments this season, posting three shutouts and outscoring its opponents 14-1 ... seven of ASU's eight losses have been by just one goal ... ASU is 9-18-1 all-time against top-25 competition ... ASU has knocked off two top-25 teams in each of the past four seasons ... combined record of ASU's opponents this year - 197-126-18.