Soccer Travels To Oregon State And Oregon
Oct. 22, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (8-3-2; 1-2 Pac-10) will compete in its first Pac-10 matches on the road this year as they take on Oregon State (7-6-2; 0-4 Pac-10) in Corvallis on Friday, October 25 at 2:30 p.m. The Sun Devils will then hit the road for Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks (1-10-2; 0-3-1 Pac-10) on Sunday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific). ASU holds a 5-0 all-time record against the Beavers and a 3-2-1 mark against Oregon.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW: ASU suffered a tough loss to the 19th-ranked USC Trojans, 2-1 in double overtime. USC managed to put the ball in the net after a tangle with the ASU defense and goalkeeper with only 15 seconds remaining. The game started well for ASU as Patrice Feulner netted her first goal of the year off of an assist from Stephanie Ebner in the 17th minute. Ten minutes later, Elizabeth Bogus almost put the Sun Devils up by two on a quick run through the Trojan defense but saw her shot rebound off the far post. The Trojans then tied the game in the 38th minute. The second half saw many opportunities for ASU, while Manya Makoski came within inches of providing ASU with a winner three times. Makoski created many scoring chances for herself and had 10 total shots in the game, three of which barely slid by USC's right post. ASU goalie Kelly Fitzgerald made 10 saves on the night. Three second half goals by seventh-ranked UCLA was too much as ASU was shutout for the first time in 23 matches, 3-0. Both team's held each other scoreless in the first half, but each team also missed opportunities to go up a goal. Ten minutes into the second half, UCLA broke through off of a corner kick in the 56th minute. UCLA went up 2-0 in the 70th minute and sealed the match in the 79th minute when the Bruin's shot the ball into the back of the net from 15 yards out pass a diving Fitzgerald.
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 + 15 assists = 45), Junior (6 goals + 2 assist = 14), Sophomore (4 assists = 4).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the various top-25 polls, after dropping both matches, Arizona State remained ranked in two of the four polls. ASU dropped three back in the Soccer America Magazine poll to No. 20, while Soccer Buzz Magazine dropped ASU back seven notches to No. 23. ASU still garnered votes in the SoccerTimes.com poll, but were not mentioned in the NSCAA poll.
OVERTIME MADNESS: Dating back to last year's first overtime match against Oregon State on Oct. 21, ASU has gone into overtime in nine of its last 18 matches, holding a 2-4-3 record. ASU finished last year with four straight overtime matches and has gone into four 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 seven goals and five 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 opponents ... the five straight shutouts ties the school record set in 2000 ... ASU has allowed 12 goals this season (tied for third in the Pac-10) ... goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald is fifth in the Pac-10 with a 0.88 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 second all-time in goals (24), third in points (57) and tied for third all-time in game-winning goals (5).
HOME COOKING: Over the past three seasons, Arizona State holds a 28-8-3 (.756) home record. In the program's seven year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 40-20-4 (.656) overall.