Soccer Begins Pac-10 Action Hosting California And Stanford

Oct. 7, 2003

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ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (6-2-2; 0-0 Pac-10) will begin its Pac-10 Conference slate, hosting California (5-2-3; 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Stanford (5-5-1; 0-0 Pac-10) on Sunday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m. Cal leads the all-time series with a 4-1-1 record, while Stanford holds a slight edge in the series with a 3-2-1 mark. Additionally, ASU stands at 28-28-3 (.500) all-time in Pac-10 action.

SAN DIEGO RECAP: ASU suffered a slight setback in Southern California, tying San Diego State, 1-1 and falling to San Diego, 2-1, in double overtime. Against SDSU, both team's scored late second half goals, but that was all either could put together. Brittany Cooper tallied her career-high seventh goal of the year in the 73rd minute when she nailed a free kick from 30 yards, but SDSU tied the game in the 87th minute. Sun Devil goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald made a season-high nine saves. Versus USD, a late second overtime goal lifted USD to a 2-1 win, marking the first Sun Devil loss in the past seven matches. ASU got on the scoreboard 12 minutes into the second half when freshman Levise Robertson, who recorded her second goal of the season, ricocheted a shot off a Torero defender and then off the right post to even the score at one. Patrice Feulner was credited with the assist.

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: For the first time this year, ASU fell out of the Top-25; This is how the various Top-25 polls rank Arizona State (Oct. 6): Soccer Times: No. 22; Soccer Buzz Magazine: Receiving Votes; Soccer America Magazine: Not Ranked; NSCAA: Not Ranked.

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: Midfielder Brittany Cooper has now scored in six of the 10 games, including three of the past four matches this season. All career-highs, Cooper leads the team with seven goals, 17 points and is second in assists (3).

FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: Senior forward Patrice Feulner has recorded three career hat tricks. Feulner, who has missed only two starts in 72 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 (69), is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (5) and assists (15). Feulner was also a member of the 2003 W-League Chicago Cobras team that finished second at nationals.

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).

HOME COOKING: Over the past four seasons, including a 3-0-1 record this year, ASU holds a 32-11-4 (.723) home record. In the program's eight year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 46-23-5 (.655) overall.

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).

D-FENCE: ASU's backline features goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald and defenders Amy LePeilbet, Holly Azevedo, Stephanie Peel and Stephanie Ebner. The team has given up eight goals all season (0.75 GAA) and allowed only two teams (#2 Notre Dame/San Diego) to score more than one goal. The ASU record for least amount of goals in a season is 23.

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 ... ASU is 28-28 all-time in one goal games and 36-0 when scoring three or more goals ... ASU is shooting 52% on shots on goal (76-145) ... 11 players have scored or assisted ... seven of the last 11 matches are on the road.

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