Soccer Kicks Off Season Hosting No. 25 Pepperdine
Aug. 28, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (0-0) will begin its seventh season of NCAA competition, the second under head coach Ray Leone, hosting 25th-ranked Pepperdine (0-0) on Friday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. The Sun Devils will then travel over to Albuquerque to face the New Mexico Lobos (0-0) on Sunday, September 1 at 5:00 p.m. Last year in Tempe, Pepperdine defeated ASU, 3-0, in the school's first ever meeting. Also in 2001, the Sun Devils shutout New Mexico, 3-0, in Tempe to even the all-time series against the Lobos to 2-2.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the preseason top-25 polls, Arizona State is ranked No. 22 by Soccer America Magazine and No. 23 by Soccer Buzz Magazine.
2001 IN REVIEW: Finished with a 10-8-1 overall record and a 4-4-1 mark in the Pac-10, good for fifth place ... cracked the top-25, reaching as high as No. 19 ... under first year head coach Ray Leone, set school record for the largest home crowd in a single game against Stanford (1,142) ... also tied the school record for least amount of opponents goals allowed in a season (23) ... won the Traditional Bank Soccer Tournament in Lexington, Kentucky ... recorded the biggest road win in ASU history by shutting out No. 12 Kentucky, 2-0 ... finished the year with four straight overtime games and five of its last six ... shutout No. 2 Stanford, 1-0 in overtime, for the highest nationally ranked win in school history ... defeated the University of Arizona, 3-2, to extend its unbeaten streak to 7-0 all-time ... finished the season with six shutouts, tied for fourth in the Pac-10 ... four players, third-most in the Pac-10, earned all-conference acclaim ... two players garnered Academic All-Pac-10 honors.
RECRUITING CLASS HONORED: According to Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Magazine Arizona State's 2002 recruiting class earned a No. 4 national ranking and No. 2 in the West Region, the programs highest ever. For the third straight year, Arizona State's recruiting class landed in the top-15. The 2001 class earned a No. 15 national ranking, while the 2000 class posted a No. 12 national ranking.
NATIONAL TEAM FLAVOR: Five Arizona State players have some type of U.S. National Team ties. Junior defender Amy LePeilbet had extensive playing time this summer with the U-21 team as she helped the U.S. claim its fourth straight Nordic Cup in Finland. Incoming freshmen midfielder Manya Makoski and defender Stephanie Ebner are both currently playing on the U-19 team which is seeking the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship in Victoria B.C. Also, fellow freshman midfielder Brittany Cooper and sophomore forward Stephanie Peel were U-19 pool members.
HOME COOKING: Over the past three seasons, Arizona State holds a 23-6-2 (.774) home record. In the program's six year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 35-18-3 (.652) overall.
PEEL-IGHTFUL: Sophomore Stephanie Peel showed why she is one of the top returning players on this year's team. As a freshman, Peel earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, finishing the year second on the team in assists (5) third in goals (4) and points (13). A forward from Plano, Texas, Peel 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.
LEPEILBET'S JOURNEY: Playing for the U-21 U.S. National Team, junior defender Amy LePeilbet earned her first international cap against the Women's Mexican National Team. From Jan. 30-Feb. 3, LePeilbet and the rest of the U-21 National Team traveled to Mexico, playing two games against the full Mexican National Team. LePeilbet started and played the entire second game in Juarez, Mexico, helping the team to a 1-0 win. LePeilbet then travelled to Europe, May 24-June 2 with the National Team as they competed against different European teams. Then, following a 10-day training camp in San Diego, Calif., LePeilbet and the National Team headed back to Europe to claim their fourth straight championship at the 2002 Women's U-21 Nordic Cup Championships in Finland from July 22-28. As a sophomore at ASU, LePeilbet earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors on the field as well as in the classroom.
CRAWFORD COMES ABOARD: Sarah Crawford enters her first season as an assistant coach after serving one year as the team's manager at her alma mater, Florida State. Crawford will be responsible for goalkeeper training along with other administrative duties. After a distinguished career in the goal for FSU, Crawford became the first goalkeeper in Florida State history to start every minute of every game during her senior season. She set single season records for most minutes (2273:02), best goal against average (1.23) and most wins (14). She is also second in saves in a season (139). After just two seasons at FSU, Crawford was named a captain her senior year and finished her playing career with the second most saves in Florida State history (204) and the third most shutouts (7.5).
FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: With her three goal performance in ASU's 2001 season opener against Baylor, junior Patrice Feulner has 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 finished her sophomore campaign leading the team in goals (11), game-winning goals (4) and points (25), good for third and fifth respectively in the Pac-10 Conference. Feulner earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, was a first-team All-Pac-10 Academic selection and a District VIII Academic All-American. She is currently tied for second all-time in goals (23) and tied for third all-time in game-winning goals (5) and total points (57).
CORNER KICKS: Arizona State is 5-1 on opening day/night ... ASU has only one senior and four juniors ... 11 opponents on ASU's 2002 schedule earned postseason bids last year ... ASU plays seven top-25 ranked teams ... ASU was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10, the highest preseason predicted finish in the program's seven years ... ASU's match against Washington St. on Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m. will be aired on FOX Sports Net.