No. 16 Soccer Ends Non-Conference Slate In San Diego

Sept. 30, 2003

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ON TAP: The 16th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (6-1-1) will ride a five-game unbeaten streak into its final two non-conference games against San Diego State (4-4-0) on Friday, October 3 at 3:00 p.m. and the University of San Diego (4-2-3) on Sunday, October 5 at 1:00 p.m. The Aztecs hold a 2-0 all-time lead in the series, while the Devils and Toreros are knotted at 1-1 in the series with each team winning at home.

NEW MEXICO RECAP: ASU kept up their unbeaten home record with a 2-0 blanking over New Mexico. Brittany Cooper got her team-leading sixth goal of the year and Elizabeth Bogus notched her fourth as ASU shutout their fifth opponent of the season. Patrice Feulner assisted both goals. Cooper, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., got the home team on the board after the 11 minute mark. Feulner sent a looping cross to the far post of the keeper, where Cooper was waiting to nod home the opener. The rest of the first half was scoreless, but the 536 in attendance barely had time to settle in their seats after halftime, as Bogus doubled ASU's lead just 21 seconds into the second period. Feulner found Bogus 30 yards from the Lobos' goal and the sophomore did the rest, outpacing the defense and sliding home her shot to the left. ASU dictated the pace of the game for long stretches and outshot NM 16-6 on the evening.

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).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: This is how the various Top-25 polls rank Arizona State (Sept. 29): Soccer Buzz Magazine: No. 12; Soccer Times: No. 15; Soccer America Magazine: No. 16; NSCAA: Only still receiving votes.

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.

PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: The Sun Devils are picked 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.

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.

COOPER'S CORNER: After scoring another goal, two more goals against Kentucky and both Sun Devil goals - and earning all-tournament honors - at the ND Classic, Brittany Cooper has now scored in six of the eight games this season, leading the team with six goals, 15 points and is second in assists (3).

D-FENCE: Over the last five matches, ASU's defense has allowed only one goal while shutting out four opponents, a span of over 310 minutes. The back features goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald and defenders Amy LePeilbet, Holly Azevedo, Stephanie Peel and Stephanie Ebner. The team has allowed only five goals all season (0.61 GAA) and allowed only one team (#2 Notre Dame) to score more than one goal. The ASU record for least amount of goals in a season is 23.

FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: Senior forward Patrice Feulner has recorded three career hat tricks. Feulner, who has missed only two starts in 70 career games, 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 second all-time in goals (27) and points (68), is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (5) and sixth in assists (14). Feulner was also a member of the 2003 W-League Chicago Cobras team that finished second at nationals.

NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Sophomore forward Elizabeth Bogus has made an immediate impact as a Sun Devil. So far this year, Bogus has tallied four goals, including her eighth career game-winner (second all-time). 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).

HOCKEY, EH: Courtney Crane was all ready to continue playing hockey in the chilly Midwest until she landed in warm Tempe. And ASU is much better off for it as the freshman from Oak Park, Calif. leads the team in assists (4) and is second in goals (3)/points (10).

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.

THROW-INS: ASU was the only collegiate team to score a goal against the WUSA's San Diego Spirit in the preseason ... six Pac-10 teams are ranked among the nation's Top-25 ... ASU is 28-27 all-time in one goal games and 36-0 when scoring three or more goals ... ASU is shooting 55% on shots on goal (65-119) ... 11 players have scored or assisted ... ASU is holding opponents to 0.61 goals-against average ... seven of the last 11 matches are on the road.

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