Soccer Hosts San Diego And UNLV
Sept. 17, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (2-1-2) will finish out their three-match homestand with matches against the University of San Diego (5-1-1) on Friday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. and UNLV (4-1-1) on Sunday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. San Diego came away with a 1-0 victory last year in San Diego in the team's first-ever meeting, while ASU defeated UNLV, 5-0, in Tempe back in 1999 also in the first-ever meeting.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Freshman Elizabeth Bogus' second goal in as many home games, propelled ASU toward a 1-0 win over previously unbeaten Baylor. In a closely contested match that saw ASU get off 12 shots to Baylor's eight, the game was deadlocked until the 66th minute. Manya Makoski, another freshman playing in her first home match after winning the FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship in Canada, sliced open the Baylor defense with a penetrating 10-yard pass that sent Bogus on a breakaway. Bogus tapped the ball around Baylor keeper Tanya Sena, collected it and swept it home into the lower left corner for the only goal of the match. Makoski was one of five freshmen starting for Ray Leone's Sun Devils that began the game with eight underclassmen. The Sun Devils survived two scares with under five minutes remaining to hold on to the victory. The game saw ASU keeper Kelly Fitzgerald make 3 saves, while Makoski and Bogus each got off five shots for the Devils.
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. Freshmen midfielder Manya Makoski and defender Stephanie Ebner both played on the U-19 team which won the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship in Victoria B.C. Makoski started every match for the U-19 team, while Ebner contributed in several matches, including scoring a goal and posting an assist in her first match. Also, fellow freshman midfielder Brittany Cooper and sophomore forward Stephanie Peel were U-19 pool members.
OVERTIME MADNESS: Dating back to last year's first overtime match against Oregon State on Oct. 21, ASU has gone into overtime in eight of its last 10 matches, holding a 2-3-3 record. The Sun Devils finished last season with four straight overtime matches and has already gone into three overtime matches (out of five) this year.
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.
HOME COOKING: Over the past three seasons, Arizona State holds a 24-6-3 (.773) home record. In the program's seven year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 36-18-4 (.655) overall.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Arizona State features only one senior and four juniors. More than two-thirds of the team are made up of underclassmen - seven sophomores and 10 freshmen. Freshmen Liz Bogus, Manya Makoski and Brittany Cooper have each tallied at least one goal this year, while sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald has played every minute (500:00), recording 25 saves with an 0.90 goals-against average. At various times during the five matches this year, ASU has started five freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors.
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: 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.