No. 25 Soccer Ends The Regular Season At No. 1 Stanford And California
Nov. 5, 2002
ON TAP: The 25th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (11-4-2; 4-3 Pac-10) will end its regular season on the road as they take on top-ranked Stanford (16-1; 7-0 Pac-10) on Friday, November 8 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) and California (9-7-1; 2-5 Pac-10) on Sunday, November 10 at 11:30 a.m. The all-time series against Stanford is knotted up at 2-2-1 as the Sun Devils defeated the Cardinal, 1-0 in overtime last year in Tempe. California holds a 3-1-1 overall series edge against ASU as the two teams competed to a 1-1 draw last year in Tempe.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW: ASU split their final two home matches of the season. Washington State got the only goal of the game 31 minutes into the first half as the ball took a deflection off of a Sun Devil defender and fell to a WSU player who rifled the shot home off the crossbar. With under 10 minutes to go in the match, ASU midfielder Manya Makoski had the best scoring opportunity of the match, but her shot ricocheted off the far post on her 20-yard effort. Two first half goals, one by junior Patrice Feulner and the other with two minutes left before the half by Makoski, was all Arizona State needed against Washington. The win was also significant in that it was the first time the Devils defeated Washington in the series six-match history. ASU tallied the first goal in the 41st minute off of a breakaway. Feulner and Makoski got behind the UW defense on a run when Makoski crossed the ball from the right wing to a breaking Feulner who then shot the ball pass Husky goalkeeper Hope Solo. Just over two minutes later at the 42:55 mark, Makoski had her own breakaway behind the UW defense and slid the ball into the lower left corner pass a diving Solo for the 2-0 lead at the half. Brittany Cooper and Shawn Reynolds were credited with assists as they slipped the ball to Makoski. UW broke through in the 54th minute when they converted on a scramble in from of the box from 10 yards out. However, that was all the scoring as ASU goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald made all three of her saves in the second half.
NCAA TOURNAMENT TIME: When the 2002 NCAA bids are announced Monday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m. (Arizona) on ESPNEWS, ASU will be looking for its second trip in the past three years. In 2000, the Devils made their only appearance in the field as they advanced to the second round.
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 (1586), recording 82 saves with an 0.85 goals-against average and five shutouts. The freshmen have accounted for 72% 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 (19 goals + 21 assists = 59), Junior (7 goals + 2 assist = 16), Sophomore (5 assists = 5).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the various top-25 polls, after splitting with the Washington schools, Arizona State stayed in three of the four polls. The Soccer America Magazine poll has ASU at No. 23, while the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz Magazine poll places ASU No. 25. The Devils continued to receive votes in the Soccer Times poll.
CAN I HELP YOU?: Freshman midfielder Manya Makoski tied the Arizona State single-season assist record with her eighth assist in ASU's 2-1 victory over Washington. Makoski holds the mark with current teammate Patrice Feulner who set the mark during the 2000 season.
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 18-5 in the first half ... ASU has won 10 of its last 13 matches ... three of the four 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 the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 28th. This is the second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor during the 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 15 goals this season (third in the Pac-10), which is on track to break the school record of 23 ... goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald is fourth in the Pac-10 with a 0.85 goals-against average.
HOME COOKING: Over the past three seasons, Arizona State holds a 29-9-3 (.744) home record. In the program's seven year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 41-21-4 (.652) overall.
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