Soccer Hosts No. 19 USC And No. 7 UCLA
Oct. 15, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (8-1-2; 1-0 Pac-10) continues its Pac-10 homestand with matches against 19th-ranked USC (6-4-3, 1-1 Pac-10) on Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. and seventh-ranked UCLA (9-3, 1-1 Pac-10) on Sunday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m. USC holds a 5-1 all-time record against the Sun Devils after posting a 3-2 victory last year in Los Angeles. UCLA carries a 4-1 all-time mark against ASU into Sunday's match after also defeating the Sun Devils, 3-2, last year in Los Angeles.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW: ASU tallied a 3-1 victory over in-state rival Arizona behind goals by Amy LePeilbet, Elizabeth Bogus and Brittany Cooper. With the victory, ASU extended its winning streak against Arizona to eight games. Defender LePeilbet got ASU on the board in the 18th minute of play. ASU sophomore Stephanie Peel played a ball into the penalty area which LePeilbet and the UA goalie were both running toward. LePeilbet got there just ahead of the goalie and, before they collided, tapped the ball underneath her and into the net for the opening goal of the night. Freshman Elizabeth Bogus made it a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute with a shot from just in front of the net off of an assist from Haley Stein. This was Bogus' seventh goal of the season, which puts her ninth on the all-time career scoring list. After halftime, Arizona pulled one back to cut the lead in half. However, the Sun Devils did not allow that goal to shift the momentum of the game as barely over a minute later, Cooper finished a move from Manya Makoski and LePeilbet to give ASU an insurance goal and put the finishing touches on the win. Arizona State had a 17-8 advantage in shots for a game that saw only one offside call. Bogus had seven shots, three on goal.
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 (1033:20), recording 49 saves with an 0.61 goals-against average and four shutouts. At various times during this year, ASU starts five freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors. Point Breakdown by Class: Freshman (15 goals + 14 assists = 44), Junior (5 goals + 2 assist = 12), Sophomore (4 assists = 4).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the various top-25 polls, after posting its seventh straight win, Arizona State remained ranked in only two of the four polls. Despite the win over UA, ASU dropped one back in the Soccer America Magazine poll to No. 17, while Soccer Buzz Magazine moved ASU up two notches to No. 16. ASU still did not break into the SoccerTimes.com and the NSCAA polls, but still received votes in both.
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 16 matches, holding a 2-3-3 record. ASU finished last year 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 seven opponents, outscoring them 16-2 ... the five straight shutouts ties the school record set in 2000 ... ASU has allowed only seven goals this season (second in the Pac-10) and two only once ... goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald is second in the Pac-10 (10th in the nation) with a 0.61 gga.
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 28-6-3 (.797) home record. In the program's seven year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 40-18-4 (.677) overall.