No. 11 Soccer Opens Home Slate Against No. 2 Notre Dame

Sept. 8, 2004

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ON TAP: The 11th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (2-1) will begin its 2004 home slate against second-ranked Notre Dame (4-0) on Friday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the second meeting against Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish won last year's match in South Bend by a 3-1 score. The Sun Devils have not been defeated at home in the past nine matches.

ALL-TIME RANKING: For the second straight week, the No. 11 national ranking by Soccer Buzz Magazine is tied for the highest ranking in the school's nine-year history. (Soccer Buzz ranked ASU 11th last year, Sept. 9). In addition, for the first time in school history, Arizona State was ranked nationally in all four of the 2004 preseason polls: Soccer Buzz Magazine: #14; SoccerTimes.com: #T-15; NSCAA: #16; Soccer America Magazine: #20.

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: After the second week of action, the Devils moved up in three of the four polls and inexplicably dropped out of the NSCAA for the week of Sept. 7.

Soccer Buzz Magazine: #11

Soccer America Magazine: #16

SoccerTimes.com: #17

NSCAA: NR

MAY I HELP YOU?: With two more assists at the Nike Seminole Classic, junior midfielder Manya Makoski is already fifth all-time in career assists with 16, and only three shy of second. A second-team All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore, Makoski tallied five assists, second on the team, and finished with 13 points. 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 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. 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 169-79-19 (.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 169 victories.

COOPER'S CORNER: Junior midfielder Brittany Cooper looks to continue her solid season after posting career-highs 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 47 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.

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.

NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Junior forward Elizabeth Bogus has posted some impressive numbers in two short seasons. In just the second game this year, Bogus tallied the team's first game-winning goal and her ninth overall (second all-time). Additionally this year, Bogus is collected the assists as well, leading the team with three. As a sophomore, Bogus earned Pac-10 honorable mention status after scoring a team second-best six goals, including her eighth career game-winner. 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).

DEVIL GETTING HER DUE: Junior forward Katie Leahy's transition from JC to Arizona State has gone quite well. After three games, Leahy has tallied one game-winning goal, leads the team in goals (3) and is second in points (6). Leahy had a heralded career at the Community College of Rhode Island (Warwick) where she was a two-time NSCAA and NJCAA first-team All-American. Leahy was the top junior college scorer nationally (combined) in her two seasons, posting 94 career goals, 15 assists and 203 points. She averaged 2.35 goals and 5.07 points per game in her career and recorded a 32-game streak of scoring at least one goal per game.

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 in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14).

THROW-INS: ASU is 35-30 all-time in one goal games, including a 7-1 record in 2003 and 41-0 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).

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: For the second time in the past two weeks, Arizona State will take on a top 5 nationally ranked team. To open the season, ASU faced No. 5 Florida State, while this week No. 2 Notre Dame comes to Tempe. ASU's opponents currently hold a 40-17-7 overall record.

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.

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).

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