No. 14 Soccer Begins 2003 Season In Hawaii

Aug. 26, 2003

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ON TAP: The 14th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (0-0-0) will open the 2003 campaign in Honolulu, Hawaii at the OHANA Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament, August 29-30. The Sun Devils will open against host Hawaii (0-0-0) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. (HST) and then play Bowling Green (0-0-0) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the first-ever matches against Hawaii and Bowling Green for the Devils.

NATIONAL TEAM FLAVOR: Nine Arizona State players have some type of U.S. National team ties. Senior defender Amy LePeilbet had extensive playing time again this summer with the U-21 team as she helped the U.S. claim its fifth straight Nordic Cup. Sophomore midfielder Manya Makoski also was part of the U-21 team, while sophomore defender Stephanie Ebner played on the U-19 team that won the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship in Victoria B.C. Freshman goalkeeper Kim Bingham has spent time with the U-21 and U-19 National teams. Others include sophomore forward Elizabeth Bogus (U-21 pool), junior defender/midfielder Holly Azevedo (U-21 pool), sophomore midfielder Brittany Cooper (U-19 pool), junior forward/defender Stephanie Peel (U-19 pool) and freshman forward/midfielder Katie Mahoney (U-17 team).

FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: Senior forward Patrice Feulner has recorded three career hat tricks. Feulner, who has missed only two starts in 62 career games, has garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, is a two-time All-Pac-10 Academic selection and a District VIII Academic All-American. She is currently second all-time in goals (26) and points (64), is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (5) and seventh in assisst (12). Feulner was also a member of the 2003 W-League Chicago Cobras team that finished second this summer at nationals.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: This is how the various preseason top-25 polls rank Arizona State: Soccer America Magazine: No. 14; Soccer Buzz Magazine: No. 11; NSCAA: Receiving Votes; Soccer Times: Not Available.

CAN I HELP YOU?: Playing in only 19 of the team's 21 games last year (missed first two due to U-19 National team commitment) sophomore midfielder Manya Makoski set the Arizona State single-season assist record with nine, while finishing the year second in goals (6) and points (21). A freshman All-American selection by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz, Makoski also earned Pac-10 second team accolades and was a three-time selection to the All-West Region teams by Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and the NSCAA. As a member of the 2003 U-21 National team, Makoski scored the game-winning goal against the WUSA's San Diego Spirit in an exhibition match this summer.

RECRUITING CLASS HONORED: For the fourth straight year, Arizona State's recruiting class landed in the top-15. According to Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Magazines, the Devils' 2003 recruiting class earned a No. 9 and No. 12 national ranking, respectively. The 2002 class recorded the school's highest ranking at No. 4, while the 2001 class earned a No. 15 ranking and the 2000 class posted a No. 12 national ranking. Soccer America also listed Kim Bingham as the ninth-best recruit in the nation and Katie Mahoney as the 17th-best.

LEPEILBET'S RESUME: A two year player for the U-21 U.S. National team, senior defender Amy LePeilbet played a vital role in helping the United States claim their fifth straight Nordic Cup win this summer. LePeilbet, who was on last year's team that also won the cup, is a preseason All-American choice by Soccer America. LePeilbet earned honorable mention All-American acclaim from Soccer Buzz last season and was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection (second straight year). LePeilbet also excelled off the field, earning Academic All-American accolades as well.

NEW FACES: The Sun Devils welcome six freshmen and two transfers to this year's team. Junior D/M Holly Azevedo comes over from Santa Clara where she played in 39 career games, while junior M/F Adria Barchi comes to Tempe from Northern Arizona University where she was an all-conference choice and the team's second leading point producer (14) last year. Freshman include U-21 National team goalkeeper Kim Bingham (Pleasanton, CA), F/M Michelle Becker (Glendale, AZ) who tallied 89 career goals in high school, M/F Courtney Crane (Oak Park, CA) who posted 84 career goals and 63 assisst, F/M Katie Mahoney (Dublin, CA) a Parade and NSCAA All-American, F/M Lauren Niblett (Chandler, AZ) a three year player for the Arizona ODP and F Levise Robertson (Tucson, AZ) who was the 2003 4A/5A Arizona state Player of the Year.

THROW-INS: ASU will face five teams for the first time this year (Hawaii, Bowling Green, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Vanderbilt) ... ASU was the only collegiate team to score a goal against the WUSA's San Diego Spirit in the preseason ... five Pac-10 teams are ranked among the nation's preseason Top-25 ... ASU is 5-1-1 on opening day/night matches.

NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Sophomore 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 Freshman of the Year, earned Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American accolades and was only of only two freshman to claim first-team All-Pac-10 honors. Bogus finished first in the Pac-10 and set a school record with seven game-winning goals. She also led the team in goals (10), shots (62) and points (22).

PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: The Sun Devils have been tabbed to finish third in the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference race this year in a preseason vote of the head coaches. The third place selection is the highest predicted finish in the eight-year history of the program.

HELPING ON AND OFF THE FIELD: The Arizona State women's soccer program made great strides on and off the field this past year by finishing in Soccer America's Top 25 and with all 22 players being awarded the Maroon and Gold Award for having a 3.0 grade-point average during the fall semester. In addition, the team was also involved with numerous volunteer work activities throughout the Phoenix area. There were many activities that the players were involved in, some included the ASU Cares program which involving picking and cleaning up grapefruit, reading to elementary school children, teaching at numerous soccer clinics and helping to build a house. The team as a total completed 510 hours of community service. That is more than 23 hours of volunteer work per person. The Sun Devils were very grateful for the great attendance and enthusiasm from the fans and wanted to give back to the community.

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