Six Sun Devil Soccer Players Excel During Summer Play

Aug. 4, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Six current Arizona State soccer players have enjoyed a very successful 2004 summer with various teams, including junior Manya Makoski who helped the dominant U.S. U-21 National Team claim their sixth straight Nordic Cup title against Sweden in Iceland. Makoski is now playing on the W-League's New Jersey Wildcats team in that leagues semifinal, and could possibly face Sun Devil teammates, Brittany Cooper, Elizabeth Bogus and Stephanie Peel of the Chicago Cobras who are in the other semifinal. Not to be out done, sophomores Kim Bingham and Katie Mahoney won their second (in the past three years) U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship for the Pleasanton Rage U-19 team with a 2-0 win over the GSA Phoenix Red of Georgia. The following are stories and re-caps of all six players through the first week of August.Special thanks and credit to USA SOCCERU.S. U-21WOMEN OPEN NORDIC CUP WITH 3-0 VICTORY OVER FINLANDDALVIK, Iceland (July 23, 2004) - The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team scored three goals in the first 30 minutes to put the game away and cruise to a 3-0 win over Finland to open the 2004 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women.The win gave the USA a great start to the tournament in which the group winner advances to the title game. The Americans will face arch rival Norway on Sunday in their second match of Group B.'It was a solid performance, especially in that we started the game well,' said U.S. head coach Chris Petrucelli. 'We had talked about starting fast and then we scored seven or eight minutes into the game. We accomplished a couple of things in this match. We got the three points, certainly helped our goal difference with the three goals, got a number of players rest and got some solid minutes for the reserves.'The U.S. totally dominated the match, played in windy conditions and on a narrow field. After letting in three goals, Finland packed their defense, brought all 11 players inside their half, and with the USA going against the wind in the second half, the Americans could not manufacture another goal.Still, the USA almost got two more goals in the last 10 minutes of the match. Defender Jenny Farenbaugh hit a solid volley off a service from substitute Manya Makoski that forced a diving save from Pyykko and Julianne Sitch saw her one-on-one chance stuffed by the Finnish goalkeeper as well.U.S. U-21 WOMEN TOPPLE NORWAY, 3-0, AT NORDIC CUP: MAKOSKI ASSISTS ON THIRD GOALOLAFSFJORDUR, Iceland (July 25, 2004) - The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team rolled past Norway, 3-0, and within one match of the 2004 Nordic Cup championship game, as forward Kelly Wilson played a part in all three goals, scoring twice and setting up midfielder Sarah Huffman for a third. The win over Norway, combined with a 3-0 victory over Finland in its opening match, gave the USA control of Group B, and now the USA needs a win or a tie against Germany on Tuesday to earn a berth in the title game.The USA dominated the match from the opening whistle, out-shooting Norway 22-1 while displaying a great rhythm all over the field.The final goal came just four minutes from the end as halftime substitute Manya Makoski picked up a ball 25 yards out on the right flank. She dribbled three players to get to the end line just inside the penalty box and cut the ball back to Wilson, who finished into the left corner with a spinning shot from eight yards out to clinch the game.'It's been good for me to get in a competitive environment and I am getting more confidence in front of the goal,' said Wilson. 'This team has really good chemistry, especially in our forwards. Tasha (Kai) has tremendous speed and great athleticism, Carli (Lloyd) is great on the ball and great dribbler, and I'm more of a crosser and finisher in front of the goal. We compliment each other really well and Manya (Makoski) and Lu (Julianne Sitch) coming off the bench really adds a spark.'The USA once again played a 4-3-3 formation and once again the Americans dominated the middle of the field. Defensive midfielder Joanna Lohman effectively nullified Norway's main attacking threat in midfielder Leni Larsen Kaurin, allowing the Americans to exert pressure on the Norway backs from start to finish.U.S. U-21 WOMEN HAMMER GERMANY, 3-0, AT NORDIC CUP; MAKOSKI ADDS ANOTHER ASSISTDALVIK, Iceland (July 27, 2004) - Needing just a tie to advance to the championship game of the 2004 Nordic Cup, the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team took no chances, taking care of business with a 3-0 pounding of Germany to win Group B on two second half goals from star striker Natasha Kai and one from midfielder Sarah Huffman.The USA will face Group A winner Sweden in the championship game of the top competition in the world for U-21 women on Thursday at 4 p.m. local time / 12:30 p.m. ET at Akureyrarvollur Stadium in Akureyri. The USA will be going for its unprecedented sixth straight Nordic Cup title and seventh in the last eight years since winning its first in 1997.Although the USA has had great success in this tournament for five consecutive years, the 2004 squad has racked up one of the most dominating first-round performances in Nordic Cup history, putting together three consecutive 3-0 wins, marking the first time the U.S. has ever shut out all three opponents in first round play since it started its streak of Nordic Cup triumphs in 1997.The USA played in a 4-3-3 formation as U.S. head coach Chris Petrucelli started the same 11 for the third straight match while Germany sat back most of the match in a 4-5-1, giving the U.S. defenders a bit of time and space. The Germans pushed another player forward only after going down.'We controlled the ball and pace of the game (in the first half),' said U.S. head coach Chris Petrucelli, who will be going for his second straight Nordic Cup title. 'We felt pretty good about the way we were playing. We were still tied, and we knew a tie would get us through, but we were very confident going into the second half especially as we had the wind at our backs.'Kai added her second goal in the 78th minute, making a slashing run above the right side of the penalty area to receive a well-weighted pass from Manya Makoski. The speedy University of Hawaii striker got a step on her defender, turned the corner into the penalty area and blistered a shot from a tough angle across the 'keeper's body. The wind-aided shot kissed the left post before plowing into the side netting, a strike that even drew applause from Germany head coach Helmut Horsch. Kai has a team-leading 12 goals on the year.U.S. UNDER-21 WOMEN WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT NORDIC CUP TITLEIN DOMINATING FASHION WITH 3-0 OVER SWEDEN IN ICELANDAKUREYRI, Iceland (July 29, 2004) - The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team continued its six-year dominance of the world at their age level, shutting out their fourth straight opponent by a 3-0 score to defeat Sweden for the championship of the 14th annual Nordic Cup.Midfielder Lori Chalupny scored at the stroke of halftime and forwards Kelly Wilson and Carli Lloyd both added second-half goals as the Americans held Sweden without a shot in the game. The USA went 360 minutes during the tournament without allowing a goal, as goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart recorded shutouts in all four games.'We talked about how explosive this team was coming into the tournament and that held true with the number of different players that scored,' said U.S. head coach Chris Petrucelli, who saw all six of the attacking starters in his 4-3-3 lineup score in the tournament. 'We showed that at any time and anyone on the team was capable of scoring a goal. We had so many different options that it was just difficult to shut us down.'The USA has now won seven out of the last eight Nordic Cups dating back to 1997 under four different coaches. The title was the second Nordic Cup triumph for Petrucelli. The commanding win over Sweden gave the USA an unprecedented sixth consecutive championship in the world's top competition for U-21 women. Sweden was the victim in the championship game for the third time in the last four years. No other country has won more than two Nordic Cups in a row (Sweden did it twice) and Sweden owns the next most titles in the tournament (four) that has been held since 1990.'We were dominant from the opening whistle of the tournament to the last minute of the Sweden game,' said Petrucelli. 'I have to credit U.S. Soccer for our outstanding preparation. The quality of games we played over the last six or seven months was unprecedented for the U-21 team, so when we came to play this tournament, we had been through a number of different environments and conditions and we were able to handle anything anyone threw at us.''The core of this group won the U-19 World Championship in 2002, so this is a group of players that know how to win on the big stage,' said Petrucelli, who had five starters - Jill Oakes, Dowling, Chalupny, Sarah Huffman and Kelly Wilson - who played on Tracey Leone's 2002 world champs. 'They have proven once again that they are the best in the world for their birth years.'The four shutouts marked the first time the USA has won the Nordic Cup without allowing a goal.Special Thanks and Credit to Soccer AmericaW-LEAGUE: New Jersey Wildcats, Chicago Cobras complete championship quartet8/2/04French striker Marinette Pichon scored five goals Sunday and the top-seeded New Jersey Wildcats advanced to the W-League final with a wild 6-5 triumph over the Montreal Xtreme in West Windsor, N.J.The Chicago Cobras also advanced to the Aug. 7-8 championships in Ottawa, rallying for a 2-1 overtime victory over the Charlotte Lady Eagles in Mooseheart, Ill. Arizona State junior Brittany Cooper scored the winner in the 100th minute.The Cobras (14-0-1) will face the Vancouver Whitecaps (14-0-1) in the first semifinal Saturday at Carleton University in Ottawa. The Wildcats (16-0-0) will meet the host Ottawa Fury (13-1-0) in the other semifinal. Sunday's championship match will be shown on Fox Sports World.New Jersey let 3-0 and 4-3 leads disappear as the Xtreme (13-4-0) scored five goals for the second time in as many nights.Pichon, the former Philadelphia Charge star and 2002 WUSA MVP, scored in the 16th, 25th and 44th minutes to give the Wildcats a three-goal advantage, but Montreal rallied as former Canadian U-19 standout Caroline Vaillancourt assisted Amy Walsh just before halftime, then scored goals in the 47th and 55th minutes.Arizona State star Manya Makoski, who was part of the U.S. under-19 team that won the World Championship in 2002 and the U-21 squad that last week captured the Nordic Cup title, fired New Jersey ahead in the 65th.Walsh, a former Canadian national-teamer who played for San Jose and Atlanta in the WUSA, then set up Canadian collegian Kelly Hemsley for a 4-4 tie.Pichon netted two more goals, in the 85th and 89th minutes, to put the Wildcats in charge, and Vaillancourt completed her hat trick from Canadian national-teamer (and former Atlanta Beat star) Sharolta Nonen's assist in the final minute.Chicago (14-0-1), W-League runners-up last season, overcame a first-half own goal to capture the Central Conference title at Mooseheart Stadium, beating Charlotte in the final for the second successive year.Charlotte took a 26th-minute lead on an own goal by Arizona State senior Stephanie Peel, but the Cobras pulled even on Arizona State junior Elizabeth Bogus' 81st-minute strike. Cooper's decisive goal was set up by from an assist by University of Connecticut All-American Kristen Graczyk.Rage caps youth career with 2nd titleSpecial Thanks and Credit to Tri-Valley HeraldBy Dennis MillerTri-Valley HeraldLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Six California State championships, three Far Western Regional titles and now a second national championship.The Pleasanton Rage under-19 girls soccer team cemented its legacy with a 2-0 win over the GSA Phoenix Red of Georgia on Sunday in the final of the 2004 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.It was the Rage's second national championship in the last three years, and it came in the final year of youth soccer for the team.'It's hard to actually put into words,' said an emotional Jay Fischer, the Rage coach. 'For the girls ... it's hard to come up with what to say. It's so awesome. I can't imagine it ending any other way.'The win also avenged the lone loss of the week for the Rage, which fell 1-0 to the Red in the first game of the week last Tuesday.'It was nothing less than a sweet victory,' said former Monte Vista High player Julia Schnugg, who had basically guaranteed a Rage win coming into the game. 'I'm just so happy. This is the best thing that has ever happened to me. There's nothing else that can compare.'Tina Estrada, who was named the MVP of the tournament, got the game-winner 61 minutes into the game.After taking control of the ball on the left side of the field, Estrada headed toward the middle. Looking for the pass first, Estrada saw a pair of teammates close to being in offside position. Instead of risking a call from the referee, Estrada kept the dribble, then unleashed a bullet of a shot along the ground, which beat Red goalie Austin Somers to her left.'My first choice was to go at (the defense) and make them react,' explained Estrada, who played high school soccer for Washington of Fremont. 'When I saw I had the defender beat, I went for it and took a shot. I saw it going to the corner and it went in -- I was so happy.''Tina's goal was phenomenal,' Fischer said. 'She kept her head up, saw the girls offside and made a great decision. She's such a special player. When you're having a tough time scoring, she's the type of player who can individually do something to change the game.'Katie Mahoney, the Rage team captain, initially was calling for the ball on the play.'I was yelling and telling Tina I was open,' Mahoney said. 'But when she shot it and scored, I was saying, 'Thank you Tina for not passing it.''Leading 1-0, the tantalizing wait began for the Rage as almost 30 minutes remained in the game.'That was the longest (30 minutes) of my life,' Estrada said. 'The absolute longest.'Seven minutes later, the Red nearly tied the game when Courtney Foster -- the player who scored the goal to beat the Rage in the first game of the tournament -- drilled a shot toward the corner of the goal.Cori Alexander -- who won the Golden Glove for the best goalie in the tournament -- went down and made an incredible deflection of the ball with her right hand, pushing the ball wide and keeping the Rage with the lead.'That was such a great save Cori made,' Fischer said. 'She doesn't make that save and it's a whole different game.'The tension eased with five minutes left in the game when Jennifer Tuttle headed in a corner kick from Lauren Tippets to make it 2-0, icing the national title. Tuttle had come into the game only a minute before the goal.'It's amazing -- something I've always dreamed of,' Tuttle said. 'When I came in, I just wanted to make a difference. It was pretty simple. I saw the ball coming and I saw the goal wide open. I just had to head it in.'After getting only six shots in the first-game loss to the Red, Pleasanton racked up 14 Sunday.'We felt we could bring a better game today,' Mahoney said. 'Even before we scored, I knew we were going to win. Everyone was putting so much heart into it.'And Fischer knew that was all it was going to take.'This is one of the best teams (in the nation) ever,' Fischer said. 'They are not just a great team, but special people as well. They just don't lose a game when it matters. I couldn't imagine a more fitting end to such great careers.'YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSUnder-19 title match PLEASANTON RAGE 2, PHOENIX RED (Georgia) 1First-half scoring--no scoring. Second-half scoring--Rage, Tina Estrada (unassisted); Rage, Jennifer Tuttle (Lauren Tippets).Shots on goal--Rage 14, Red 15. Goalie saves--Kim Bingham (Rage) 4, Cori Alexander (Rage) 5, Austin Somers (Red) 2, Megan Tuura (Red) 4.

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