No. 24 Soccer Hosts Washington State And Washington
Oct. 29, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (10-3-2; 3-2 Pac-10) will end its regular season home competition hosting Washington State (8-5-2; 2-1-2 Pac-10) on Friday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. and Washington (8-5-3; 3-1-1 Pac-10) on Sunday, November 3 at 11:00 a.m. The Friday night match against the Cougars will be aired by FOX Sports Net on a tape delayed basis at a later date. The Sun Devils hold a 4-2 overall record against WSU as ASU won 2-1 last year in Pullman. The Huskies, however, are 5-0 all-time against Arizona State after winning 2-1 in overtime last year in Seattle.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Freshman Elizabeth Bogus' goal in the 20th minute of action was all the Devils needed as they posted their sixth shutout of the year with a 1-0 victory over Oregon State in Corvallis. ASU started a season-high six freshmen, while a trio of them helped to produce the only goal. The score was set up when Haley Stein sent a cross pass to the near post, where it was flicked on just past the OSU goalkeeper by Manya Makoski and tapped in for the game-winner by Bogus. Makoski's assist was her team-leading sixth, while Stein's was her third. Makoski and Bogus teamed up again for two second half goals to lead ASU to a 2-1 victory over Oregon in Eugene. Bogus' tally in the 57th minute sealed the win for the Devils and gave Bogus her seventh game-winner of the year, tying former three-time All-American Stacey Tullock for the single-season best in ASU history. Each team held the other scoreless for the first half, but Makoski broke through in the 50th minute of play in the second half. Makoski took a feed from Bogus and lofted the ball from 17 yards out, left center over the Oregon goalkeeper. Bogus tacked on her team-leading ninth goal and eventual game-winner seven minutes later when she took the pass from Makoski and shot the ball from 19 yards out that bounced off the right post for the 2-0 advantage. Oregon would cut the lead to 2-1 late in the match, but that was all the scoring as the Devils completed the weekend sweep of the Oregon schools.
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 (1406), recording 75 saves with an 0.83 goals-against average and five shutouts. The freshmen have accounted for 73% of the team's total point production. At various times during this year, ASU starts six freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors. Point Breakdown by Class: Freshman (18 goals + 19 assists = 55), Junior (6 goals + 2 assist = 14), Sophomore (4 assists = 4).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the various top-25 polls, after sweeping the Oregon schools, Arizona State jumped back into three of the four polls. ASU went up three slots in the Soccer America Magazine poll to No. 17 and No. 20 in Soccer Buzz Magazine. ASU entered back into the NSCAA poll at No. 24 and only received votes in the Soccer Times poll.
OVERTIME MADNESS: Dating back to last year's overtime match against Oregon State (Oct. 21), ASU has gone into overtime in nine of its last 20 matches with a 2-4-3 record. ASU finished last year with four straight OT 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 was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10, the highest preseason predicted finish in the program's seven years ... ASU has outscored its opponents 16-4 in the first half ... ASU has won nine of its last 11 matches ... two of the three Devil losses have been by one goal ... ASU is 4-0 on the road and posted a 7-1-2 record against non-Pac-10 teams
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 this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week. This is the second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this month for Bogus as she earned the award on October 1 as well. Bogus also becomes ASU's first multiple Pac-10 honoree. Bogus tallied two of ASU's three goals - both game-winners - and added one assist as ASU swept the Oregon schools on the road last weekend. Bogus' first Pac-10 Player of the Week marked 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 nine goals and seven game-winners this year, which ties for second on ASU's all-time chart and leads the Pac-10.
DEVIL OF A DEFENSE: ASU has shutout six opponents ... the five straight shutouts ties the school record set in 2000 ... ASU has allowed 13 goals this season (third in the Pac-10), which is on track to shatter the school record of 23 ... goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald is fourth in the Pac-10 with a 0.83 goals-against average.
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.