Soccer Begins Pac-10 Play At Home Against Arizona
Oct. 8, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (7-1-2; 0-0 Pac-10) will begin its Pac-10 Conference slate, hosting the University of Arizona (5-4-1; 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. The Sun Devils lead the all-time series, 7-0. Last year in Tucson, ASU edged UA, 3-2, in the 95th minute of overtime.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Despite giving up a goal to Northern Arizona to end a streak of five plus matches (484 minutes) without an opponent goal, ASU did produce its highest scoring out put of the year with a 4-1 victory over the Lumberjacks. The Devils got things going early when, not even three minutes into the game, Brittany Cooper gave ASU a 1-0 lead. Elizabeth Bogus beat a defender down the left side and sent in a low cross to Cooper who was making a run into the penalty area from the right wing. Under pressure from a defender, Cooper finished the cross with a one-time shot into the corner past the NAU goalie. The Sun Devils had most of the play in the first half-they outshot the Lumberjacks 10-4 in the opening period - until NAU leveled the game at one apiece with 10 minutes to go. This was the first goal that Arizona State had allowed since September 8 against SMU, a span of 484 minutes. Arizona State really got things going in the second half where they scored three goals. Manya Makoski scored the first of her two goals on a breakaway seven minutes after the break. She found herself one-on-one with the NAU keeper and touched it around her, sliding it into the empty net. Twelve minutes later, Amy LePeilbet scored the second goal of her ASU career off of a corner kick from Kelley Bond. Makoski scored her second goal of the match, and third of the season, 15 minutes from the final whistle. She started the move from the right side of the penalty area, beat two defenders as she moved towards the goal and fired a shot past the goalkeeper for the final goal of the afternoon. LePeilbet was the only non-freshman to get a point for the Sun Devils on the afternoon. ASU goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald posted seven saves in another solid performance.
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.
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 (943:20), recording 45 saves with an 0.57 goals-against average. At various times during this year, ASU has started five freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors. Point Breakdown by Class: Freshman (13 goals + 12 assists = 38), Junior (4 goals + 1 assist = 9), Sophomore (3 assists = 3).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the various top-25 polls, after posting its sixth straight win, Arizona State remained ranked in two of the four polls. The Sun Devils stayed the same in the Soccer America Magazine poll at No. 16, while Soccer Buzz Magazine moved ASU up one notch to No. 18. ASU received votes in the SoccerTimes.com and the NSCAA polls.
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 15 matches, holding a 2-3-3 record. The Sun Devils finished last season with four straight overtime matches and has gone into three overtime matches this year.
RECRUITING CLASS HONORED: According to Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Magazines, 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. 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. Additionally, Cooper was also named to Soccer Buzz Magazine's Elite Team of the Week.
NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Freshman forward Elizabeth Bogus has made an immediate impact for the Sun Devils. A catalyst on the field for ASU, Bogus was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for September 24-30, marking the second straight Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for the Sun Devils as freshman Brittany Cooper earned the award the week before. Bogus, from Sandy, Utah, posted three goals, including two game-winners, as ASU notched shutout road wins at Georgia and Auburn. Bogus, who was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week, leads the team with six goals and four game-winners this year, which ties for second on ASU's all-time single-season chart and leads the Pac-10.
DEVIL OF A DEFENSE: ASU has shutout five of their last six opponents, outscoring them 13-1 ... the five straight shutouts ties the school record set back in 2000 ... ASU has allowed only six goals the entire season (second in the Pac-10) and two only once ... goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald is second in the Pac-10 with a 0.57 goals-against average.
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 27-6-3 (.792) home record. In the program's seven year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 39-18-4 (.672) overall.