Soccer Opens 2005 at #5 Santa Clara, Hosts Weber St.
Aug. 21, 2005
Friday, August 26 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 28 4 p.m.
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University soccer team (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Pac-10) kicks off the 2005 season this weekend as the Sun Devils are set for a pair of games as they travel for the opener before returning home. Friday night, ASU travels to face No. 5 Santa Clara (0-0-0) in Santa Clara, Calif., before returning to Tempe for a Sunday afternoon contest (4 p.m.) with Weber State (0-0-0) at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.
Arizona State's home on the web, www.thesundevils.com, will carry both of the Sun Devils' matches this weekend on Gametracker. Santa Clara will provide the service from their home site (santaclarabroncos.com) while ASU will provide coverage of the Sun Devils' match with visiting Weber State on Sunday. Visit the schedule section on the ASU soccer page to access the game stats.
The 2005 season of Sun Devil soccer marks the 10th year the program has competed at the varsity level. On Sept. 6, 1996, ASU traveled to Loyola Marymount for a weekend tournament and faced Cal State Northridge in its first match. At the final whistle, the Sun Devils were victorious with a 3-0 decision over the Matadors. ASU finished the season 4-11-1 in its inaugural campaign with a 2-2-1 mark in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils did have success in its home state, however, as they defeated Grand Canyon once and arch rival Arizona on two occasions, 4-2 in Tucson and 2-1 (ot) in Tempe.
ASU SOCCER HISTORY
August 25, 2000 - ASU opened the season with a resounding 3-0 defeat of intrastate rival Northern Arizona in Flagstaff in what would be the first nine wins in a row to open the season. With a 13-6-1 overall record a 4-5-0 mark in the Pac-10, the Sun Devils would go on to earn their first NCAA Championships berth. Arizona State opened the tournament by playing host to Southwest Missouri State and winning the match, 2-0. In the second round, the Sun Devils face No. 12 Portland on the road and dropped a 3-1 decision to end the best campaign in program history at 14-7-1.
SEVEN FOR THE CENTURY
In its nine seasons of competition, ASU has compiled a 93-71-11 overall record. With seven more victories, the Sun Devils will reach the 100-win mark. ASU's other milestone victories include:
No. 1: 3-0, vs. CS Northridge (at Loyola Marymount) - Sept. 6, 1996
No. 25: 3-1, at Michigan - Sept. 10, 1999
No. 50: 2-0, vs. Southwest Missouri State (at home) - Nov. 8, 2000
No. 75: 1-0, vs. Rutgers (at Notre Dame) - Sept. 7, 2003
SUN DEVILS SELECTED SIXTH
Arizona State was voted to finish sixth in the Pac-10 this season according to a preseason poll conducted of the conference's head coaches by the Pac-10 office. The Sun Devils were one point (50) behind fifth-place California and five behind intrastate rival Arizona (fourth at 55). Defending co-champion UCLA (80) was voted first with USC (65) and Stanford (64) rounding out the Top 3.
Seven members of the squad are entering their final collegiate seasons for the Sun Devils and will look to return to the NCAA Championships for the third time in their collegiate careers. Those seven individuals, which make the first class Head Coach Ray Leone recruited into the program, include Elizabeth Bogus, Kelley Bond, Brittany Cooper, Stephanie Ebner, Juanita Lawson, Manya Makoski and Haley Stein.
BACK FOR MORE
The seven seniors will be joined by nine returning players, including five juniors and four sophomores. The juniors are comprised of Michelle Becker, Kim Bingham, Courtney Crane, Katie Mahoney and Lauren Niblett while Kyleyn Felts, Lara Kezer, Alissa Oldenkamp and JJ Stewart make up the sophomore class.
HELLO! MY NAME IS ...
Eight new faces round out the Sun Devil roster this season, including seven freshmen and one sophomore transfer. The rookie class includes Kayla Anderson, Emily Coelho, Alex Dunsdon, Christine Nieva, Briana Silvestri, Brooke Simons and Kylla Sjoman with sophomore Carla Scanniello, a transfer from Memphis, rounds out the team.
New players were not the only additions to the Sun Devil roster this season. In the coaching ranks, Tracey Leone, a three-time World Champion and wife of Head Coach Ray Leone, has joined the team as an assistant coach. The first American to win a World Championship as both a player and coach, Leone will bring more experience to the squad from both sides of the painted lines.
Leone graduated from North Carolina where she was a three-time NCAA Champion as well as a three-time selection to the NCAA All-America Second Team. Selected as one of the all-time Top 50 players in ACC History, Leone was a member of Team USA when it captured the 1991 World Championship gold. As a coach, Leone led the 2003 US Under-19 National Team to gold at the World Championships before serving as an assistant coach on the Gold Medal-winning Women's National Team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
For the third summer in a row, Sun Devil student-athlete Manya Makoski was selected to compete for the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team at the Nordic Cup and, for the third year in a row, Makoski and her teammates returned state-side with a gold medal. The Americans used a 4-1 decision over Norway on July 26 in Sweden to capture their seventh Cup in as many years. The title also was the squad's eighth in the last nine Nordic Cups.
A pair of freshmen joining the team this fall also have international experience gained while representing their respective nations. Christine Nieva (Mesquite, Texas), who claims dual citizenship with the United States and Mexico, competed for both the Mexican junior and senior national teams in 2004 while Kylla Sjoman (Burnaby, British Columbia) represented Team Canada.
Nieva competed on the senior level at the 2004 Algarve Cup in Portugal, as well as a CONCACAF tournament in Canada, while also being on the field during Mia Hamm's final international game for the Americans. Sjoman has been a member of several national junior pools and was recently selected to the U-20 national pool.
LEPEILBET ON TEAM USA
Amy LePeilbet, a standout at ASU from 2000-03, was selected to compete for the Women's National Team against Iceland on July 24 for an international friendly at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. LePeilbet entered the game as a late substitute to earn her second cap of the summer after earning a start in a June 26 contest against Canada in Virginia Beach, Va., a 2-0 American victory. Her most recent appearance marked her eighth career cap for the American side.
TWO TILLMAN SCHOLARS
The Pat Tillman Foundation and ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business have announced the first group of students to participate in the Leadership Through Action program this fall with Sun Devils Elizabeth Bogus and Katie Mahoney being selected as two of the inaugural 14 students to the program. The two-semester class at the W.P. Carey School of Business was designed to promote the growth of civic-minded leaders in Tillman's mold.
Tillman was a former standout football player at ASU that completed his degree work in three and one-half years. He would later go on to the NFL and play for the Arizona Cardinals before leaving the league to join the Army Rangers. Tillman was mortally wounded in combat in Afghanistan in August 2004.
The 2004 team had another solid season in the classroom as the Sun Devils shined on a university, conference and national level once again. As a team, the 2003-04 Sun Devils built a 3.37 GPA which was the best of any team on campus and ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 17 nationally among women's soccer teams. For the second year in a row, the team was honored with a Sparky Award for highest GPA.
Individually, for the second year in a row, the Sun Devils placed eight student-athletes on the Academic All-Pac-10 lists. Holly Azevedo made it three years in a row that a Sun Devil earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors by earning a place on the national first team while Manya Makoski was selected to the NSCAA's Scholar All-America Second Team.
Five student-athletes, including four seniors and one junior, will serve as captains this season for the Sun Devils. The four seniors are Elizabeth Bogus, Brittany Cooper, Stephanie Ebner and Manya Makoski while the lone junior is Kim Bingham.
LIFTING THE LID
For the third year in a row, the Sun Devils will open their season on the road and, for the second year in a row, will face the No. 5 team in the nation as they are set to face No. 5 Santa Clara. In nine years of competition, the Sun Devils hold a 6-2-1 overall record in their first match of the season and are slightly better at 7-2-0 in their first road contest of the year. Last year, however, ASU suffered only its second setback on opening day as No. 5 Florida State edged the Sun Devils, 3-2, in Tallahassee, Fla., in the Seminole Classic (Aug. 27).
ASU also will play its home opener this weekend when Weber State visits on Sunday. The Sun Devils stand 3-4-2 overall in their home-opening match and lost its last home opener in a tight 2-1 setback to No. 2 Notre Dame (Sept. 10). The match with the Wildcats also will mark the second-earliest home game in program history, just one day later than the earliest contest: a 3-2 overtime loss to No. 14 BYU on Aug. 27, 1999).
Heading into this weekend, the Sun Devils hold an all-time record of 3-9-1 against teams currently in the West Coast Conference (WCC) and stand 5-4-0 against Big Sky teams. ASU has met six teams from the WCC and four from the Big Sky, including intrastate rival Northern Arizona.
SCOUTING - SANTA CLARA
The Broncos enter the season ranked No. 5 in the preseason NSCAA poll following a successful 2004 season that saw them post an 18-5-2 overall record and reach the semifinals of the College Cup before falling to eventual national champion Notre Dame, 1-0. SCU posted wins over California, Stanford, North Carolina and Illinois before meeting the Fighting Irish. The win over UNC was a 1-0 upset of the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and occurred on the Tar Heels' home turf.
IN THE SERIES - ASU vs SCU
The Broncos hold a 2-0-0 advantage in the series, having won both contests inside Buck Shaw Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Championships. In 2002, the Sun Devils defeated Pac-10 rival Washington State, 2-1, to advance in the tournament before suffering a 5-1 setback to the fifth-ranked Broncos. One year later, ASU again was sent to Santa Clara and defeated No. 20 Cal Poly, 3-1, before dropping a tough 1-0 decision to the No. 3 Broncos.
SCOUTING - WEBER STATE
The Wildcats won the Big Sky Conference despite an 8-9-2 record and earned the conference's berth into the NCAA Championships. In their first appearance in the national postseason tournament, WSU dropped a 3-0 decision at Portland to finish the season 8-10-2 overall.
IN THE SERIES - ASU vs WSU
The Wildcats lead the series, 1-0-0, after defeating the Sun Devils during ASU's first varsity season of 1996. Weber State won, 5-1, in a match played at Montana.
LEONE AT THE HELM
Ray Leone returns to the Arizona State sidelines for his fifth season at the helm of the Sun Devil program. Leone also is entering his 20th season overall as collegiate coach (four years as an assistant and one year as an associate head coach) and his 14th as a head coach, sporting a record of 175-87-21 as the head coach. If you include his five non-head coaching positions, Leone stands 250-119-23 in 19 seasons.
With the Sun Devils, Leone stands 43-29-8 and has led the team to two NCAA appearances (2002 and 2003), both coming to a close in the second round.
Leone first entered the collegiate coaching ranks at Berry College (NAIA) where he coached for three seasons and built a 49-13-5 record. He guided his team to national runner-up honors in 1986 before taking the crown in 1987. The team also placed fourth in 1988. From there, Leone took the reigns of the Creighton program and recorded a 50-35-5 record, including a mark of 14-3-2 in the 1993 season that still stands as the school record for wins in a season.
After four seasons as an assistant coach at Clemson and one as an associate head coach, Leone took over the Tigers and guided them to a 33-10-3 record, including the 2000 ACC title, the first for the program. For his efforts, he was selected the ACC and national coach of the year.
HOME OF THE SUN DEVILS
On April 1, 2000, Arizona State University unveiled the latest amenity in its sports facilities, the Soccer Stadium.
The Soccer Stadium features chair-back bleachers and individual seats with a capacity for 1,051 fans. The grandstand, which sits on the west side of the field, creates an exciting atmosphere due to its close proximity to the field. The stands are raised so that the first row sits eight feet over the field and is 20 feet from the sideline. Seats are accessible by either ramps or stairwells.
The Soccer Stadium features several amenities, making it the premier stadium in the Pac-10 and one of the best collegiate stadiums in the country. The stadium consists of built-in coaches' offices, a fully equipped training room, concession stand, team shop, press area and a home team locker room.
The turf consists of Bermuda grass and the penalty boxes are seeded with Tiffway 419. In the winter months, it is over-seeded with Perennial Rye grass. The dimensions of the field can vary. The ASU women's soccer team plays on a field that is 120 x 75 yards.
There are six banks of lights that allow for the versatility of night games. In addition, four suspended speakers provide superb sound quality.
PREVIOUS PITCH PERFORMANCE
The Sun Devils closed out the 2004 season with a road swing through the Great Northwest where they took on the Oregon schools. The weekend opened with the Sun Devils and Oregon Ducks fighting to a 1-1 tie with Katie Leahy netting the lone goal for the visitors. Two days later, ASU met up with Oregon State and dropped a tough 1-0 decision in overtime to the Beavers to end the season with an 8-9-2 record.
NEXT TIME OUT
Arizona State returns to home action next weekend with a pair of matches on the pitch of Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, playing host to UC Irvine and UNLV. The Sun Devils and Anteaters meet at 7 p.m. Friday night before ASU faces the Rebels at 1 p.m. Sunday.