No. 20 Soccer Opens 2004 Season at The Nike Seminole Classic
Aug. 25, 2004
ON TAP: The 20th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (0-0) will open its ninth year of competition at the Nike Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, Florida against host and fifth-ranked Florida State (0-0) on Friday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern). The Sun Devils will conclude tournament play on Sunday, August 29 against Rhode Island (0-0) at 11:00 a.m. This will be the first-ever meeting against Florida State and Rhode Island.OPENING DAY/NIGHT RECORD: The Devils have enjoyed a successful beginning to the previous eight seasons with a 6-1-1 career mark. All six victories have come on the road.NATIONAL TEAM FLAVOR: Eight Arizona State players have some type of U.S. National Team ties. Junior midfielder Manya Makoski had extensive playing time again this summer with the U-21 team as she helped the U.S. claim its sixth straight Nordic Cup. Junior defender/midfielder Stephanie Ebner was a member of the U-21 pool and played on the U-19 team that won the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship. Sophomore goalkeeper Kim Bingham has spent time with the U-21 and U-19 National teams. Others include junior forward Elizabeth Bogus (U-21 pool), senior defender/midfielder Holly Azevedo (U-21 pool), junior midfielder Brittany Cooper (U-19 pool), senior forward/defender Stephanie Peel (U-19 pool) and sophomore forward/midfielder Katie Mahoney (U-17 team).NATIONAL RANKINGS: For the first time in school history, the Sun Devils are ranked nationally in all four of the 2004 preseason polls: Soccer Buzz Magazine: #14; SoccerTimes.com: #T-15; NSCAA: #16; Soccer America Magazine: #20.MAY I HELP YOU?: Junior midfielder Manya Makoski is already seventh all-time in career assists with 14, and only four shy of second place. Playing in only 19 of the team's 21 games as a freshman, (missed first two due to U-19 National team commitment) 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 2004 U-21 National team, Makoski tallied two assists and in 2003 scored the game-winning goal against the WUSA's San Diego Spirit in a friendly match.THE COACH: Arizona State continues to excel under head coach Ray Leone, who enters only his fourth season at the helm of the Sun Devil team. One of the most successful and well respected coaches in the NCAA, Leone carries a wealth of coaching experience, as well as an outstanding 13-year head coaching career record of 167-78-19 (.669). Among active head coaches, Leone is currently 25th all-time in winning percentage and 26th in total wins. Yet more impressive is among all Division I coaches with 13 or less years head coaching experience, Leone is second all-time with his 167 victories.COACHES UPDATE: Mike Calise, also in his fourth year at ASU was promoted to Associate Head Coach this summer. Calise has been a principal factor in Arizona State earning two straight top-10 recruiting classes, including a school-best No.4 national ranking for the 2002 class by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz. Calise also had a major influence in the 2004 incoming class that includes two McDonald's All-Americans. He was also selected as one of the five collegiate assistant coaches to be awarded the second annual AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Jaime Pagliarulo comes aboard this year as the goalkeepers coach after a successful stint in the WUSA. Pagliarulo played goalkeeper for three seasons for the San Diego Spirit. 'Pag's' earned the reputation for making big saves with a dramatic flair during the 2001 season and held the club record with 232 consecutive shutout minutes. On the international scene, Pagliarulo had extensive time on various U.S. National Teams. In 2002, she traveled to China for the Four Nations Tournament and in 2001 posted two of her three caps with the full national team. A standout at George Mason University, Pagliarulo was a three-time All-American, earning her degree in 2001.COOPER'S CORNER: Junior midfielder Brittany Cooper will look to continue her solid season after posting career-bests as a sophomore. Cooper, who earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors, led the team in goals (10), points (26) and tied for second in assists (6). Cooper is quickly moving up the ASU career charts, coming in at fifth all-time with 44 points. Also for the second summer in a row, Cooper was a member of the W-League Chicago Cobras. She tallied the game-winning goal in 100th minute to send the team into the semifinals of the playoffs.NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Junior forward Elizabeth Bogus has posted some impressive numbers in two short seasons. As a sophomore, Bogus earned Pac-10 honorable mention status after scoring a team second-best six goals, including her eighth career game-winner (second all-time). Bogus was named the 2002 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: For the second consecutive year, the Devils were picked to finish third in the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference race in a preseason vote of the head coaches. The third place selection (again) is the highest predicted finish in the nine-year history of the program. Last year ASU finished one better in second place beating expectations with a 6-2-1 record. The second place finish and the six wins were all-time records for the program.HOCKEY, EH: Sophomore Courtney Crane was all ready to continue playing hockey in the chilly Midwest until she landed in warm Tempe last year. And ASU was much better off for it as she finished third on the team in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14).TV EXPOSURE: The Devils will take on the Stanford Cardinal in Stanford on October 17 in a nationally televised match on FOX Sports Net. The match will then be aired on a taped-delayed basis at a later date.THROW-INS: ASU is 34-29 all-time in one goal games, including a 7-1 record in 2003 and 39-0 when scoring three or more goals ... ASU has recorded double-digit wins for five straight years ... the cover of the 2003 media guide won the CoSIDA award for 'Best Cover in the Nation' ... over the past five seasons, ASU is third in the Pac-10 with the most overall wins with 62.HOME COOKING: Over the past five seasons, including a 7-0-1 record in 2003, ASU holds a 36-11-4 (.745) home record. In the program's eight year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 50-23-5 (.673).NEW FACES: Leone and his staff signed six players (four freshman and two JCs) for the 2004 year. Freshmen Alissa Oldenkamp and Kira Sarkisian were both McDonald's All-Americans, freshman Lara Kezer was part of the California ODP and Kyleyn Felts earned second-team All-CIF honors as a senior. Junior College transfers Katie Leahy and Juanita Lawson were both first-team All-Americans. Leahy was the top JC scorer nationally the past two seasons with 203 points, while Lawson was a vital defensive member of the two-time national champions Long Beach City College.SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM: Not only did the Devils have a successful 2003 season on the field, but also in the classroom: A school-record eight players earned All-Pac-10 academic honors ... Amy LePeilbet earned Academic All-American status ... Holly Azevedo was named the school's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... the entire team earned the Team Academic honor awarded annually to the Sun Devil team with the highest overall team GPA ... the 2003-2004 team finished the academic year with an astounding 3.44 GPA. The 2004 spring semester also saw an incredible six players receive perfect 4.00 GPAs (three of whom also had 4.0 GPAs in the fall semester) ... all 22 team members were named Maroon and Gold Scholar-Athletes, for having posted GPAs of 3.00 or higher. This is the first time in Arizona State school history such a milestone has been accomplished ... the team boasted the highest team grade-point average among Division I programs that made the NCAA Tournament field at 3.46 ... also No. 1 team GPA in the Pac-10 and No. 5 team GPA in Division I women's soccer overall (297 teams).