Soccer Travels To Athens To Face Georgia And Auburn

Sept. 24, 2002

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ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (4-1-2) will head out on the road to Athens, Georgia to take on the University of Georgia (3-4-1) on Friday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m. (Pacific) and Auburn University (7-1-1) on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. ASU defeated Georgia in Tempe (9/21/00), 1-0, in overtime in the team's only meeting. ASU and Auburn have never met.

WEEKEND IN REVIEW: With Elizabeth Bogus scoring her third goal in as many home games and Temryss Lane notching her second goal of the season, ASU managed a 2-0 victory over San Diego. Bogus posted the first score just past the halfway mark of the first half off an assist by Brittany Cooper. A little over eight minutes later, Lane put a first-time shot in from six yards out off a cross from Haley van Blommestein. Kelly Fitzgerald recorded her second shutout in a row after making two saves on the night. San Diego couldn't manage a shot in the first half. ASU notched its third straight shutout as they blanked UNLV, 3-0. ASU tallied two early first half goals and one early second half goal, limiting UNLV to seven shots to secure the victory. ASU posted its first goal in the 11th minute when Bogus found Cooper cutting towards the box with a cross from 10 yards out. Just two minutes later, Cooper found herself assisting Haley van Blommestein on her first goal of the season. In the second half, less than a minute in, ASU recorded its third goal of the match from a trio of freshmen. The Sun Devils had a rush going when Cooper touched the ball over to Manya Makoski, who then laced the ball between two UNLV defenders to a breaking Kelley Bond for another one-timer into the lower right corner. It was Bond's first goal as a Sun Devil, while Cooper tallied her second assist and fourth point of the match. Fitzgerald posted six saves for her third shutout, and freshman goalkeeper Hilary Wilson made her first appearance of the season with about seven minutes left in the match.

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 12 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 seven) this year.

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.

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.

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.

COOPER HONORED: Freshman midfielder Brittany Cooper and Washington junior forward Melissa Bennett were named Co-Pac-10 Soccer Players of the Week for September 17-23. Cooper, from Albuquerque, N.M., tallied five points (1 goal, 3 assists) in a pair of shutout victories last weekend for Arizona State. The Sun Devils blanked San Diego 2-0 and UNLV 3-0 for their second and third straight shutout wins. Cooper scored a goal and had two assists against the Rebels, and added another assist against the Toreros. She is tied for the Arizona State lead in points (7), leads the team in assists (3) and is second in goals (2).

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 Elizabeth Bogus, Manya Makoski, Brittany Cooper and Kelley Bond have each tallied at least one goal this year, while sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald has played nearly every minute (673:20), recording 33 saves with an 0.67 goals-against average. At various times during this year, ASU has started five freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors. Point Breakdown by Class: Freshman (20), Junior (7), Sophomore (3).

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. 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).

HOME COOKING: Over the past three seasons, Arizona State holds a 26-6-3 (.786) home record. In the program's seven year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 38-18-4 (.667) overall.

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