Soccer Faces Washington State In NCAA Tournament

Nov. 12, 2002

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ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (11-6-2) will travel to Santa Clara, California to compete in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils, who will be making their second appearance in the NCAAs in the last three years, will face Pac-10 opponent Washington State (11-6-2) in a first round match on Friday, November 15 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific).

TOURNAMENT AT A GLANCE: Host and sixth seeded Santa Clara (15-4-1) will face Creighton (12-7-2) in the other first round match on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ... The two first round winners will advance to Sunday's second round action at 1:00 p.m. ... Arizona State fell 1-0 to Washington State back on November 1 in Tempe ... ASU holds a 4-3 all-time record against WSU ... ASU is 1-0 all-time against Creighton as the Devils won 5-0 in 1997 in Tempe ... ASU has never faced Santa Clara ... All three games will be tracked live statistically on SantaClaraBroncos.com. http://santaclarabroncos.ocsn.com/livestats/w-soccer/ ... Games played against Santa Clara will be on a live internet audio broadcast at http://santaclarabroncos.ocsn.com/multimedia/sacl-multimedia.html.

ASU'S TOURNAMENT HISTORY: This is the second appearance in the NCAA Tournament for Arizona State with a 1-1 all-time record. The Devils hosted a first round match up in 2000 when they defeated SW Missouri State, 2-0. ASU then went on the road for the second round to 13th-ranked Portland where they dropped a 3-1 decision.

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 (1766), recording 95 saves with an 0.97 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 (20 goals + 21 assists = 61), Junior (7 goals + 2 assist = 16), Sophomore (5 assists = 5).

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 (25), third in points (61) and tied for fourth all-time in game-winning goals (5).

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. This year as a junior, LePeilbet garnered Verizon Region VIII Academic All-American honors and will now be up for national recognition.

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, who is tied for third in assists and 10th in points (18) in the Pac-10, 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.

CORNER KICKS: 11 opponents on ASU's 2002 schedule earned postseason bids last year with nine of those teams making this year's field again ... ASU has outscored its opponents 18-7 in the first half ... five of the six Devil losses have been by one goal ... ASU is 1-1-1 at neutral sites and posted a 7-1-2 record against non-Pac-10 teams ... ASU's 2002 opponents combined overall record stands at 216-139-34 (60%) ... six Pac-10 teams earned NCAA bids, the most since 2000.

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. Bogus also leads the team in shots (57) and points (21), tied for sixth in 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 19 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 0.97 goals-against average.

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