Soccer Plays Host to UC Irvine, UNLV This Weekend
Aug. 30, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - Following an opening weekend split, the Arizona State University soccer team will play host to a pair of home contests this weekend as it welcomes both UC Irvine and UNLV to the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe. ASU (1-1-0) opens the weekend with a 7 p.m. Friday contest with the Anteaters (1-1-0) before closing out the weekend at 1 p.m. Sunday when they meet the Rebels (1-1-0).
Arizona State's home on the web, www.thesundevils.com, will carry both of the Sun Devils' matches this weekend on Gametracker and fans can access the game stats by going to the soccer schedule page. Fans also can visit www.theblaze1260.com, the home of ASU Student Radio, for sound clips of the games once they are posted on the site.
SEVEN FOR THE CENTURY
With its 5-2 defeat of Weber State Sunday, ASU recorded its 94th victory in program history and moving one victory closer toward the 100-win mark. Overall, the Sun Devils stand 94-72-11 in their nine-plus seasons of competition. 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
No. 94: 5-2, vs. Weber State (home) - Aug. 28, 2005
MARK THESE DATES DOWN!
Fans, get ready for some extra excitement at the end of September as Sun Devil Soccer offers U.S. Soccer/Pack the Park Night on Sept. 23 against UC Santa Barbara and the Gold Game Sept. 29 against BYU. Against the Gauchos, Abby Wambach, a member of the US Women's National Team, will serve as a guest coach for ASU. That night also will be a Sparky's Kids to College Night and a Pack the Park Night, so bring your friends out to the stadium to cheer on the Sun Devils. Against the Cougars, all fans are encouraged to wear gold to the game. Fans also can meet other varsity ASU student-athletes that will be in attendance to cheer on their fellow athletes.
The Sun Devils opened the 2005 season over the weekend, dropping a 2-0 decision on the road to No. 5 Santa Clara on Friday night before returning to the friendly confines of Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon where they downed Weber State, 5-2.
FASTEST LEG IN THE WEST
After being shutout at No. 5 Santa Clara Friday night, senior Manya Makoski wasted no time in tallying for the Sun Devils as she needed just 1:25 to receive a pass from Elizabeth Bogus and place the ball in the back of the net. But the scoring did not stop there as Courtney Crane, following a WSU goal at the 3:33 mark, put ASU ahead again with her goal at the 5:35 mark in the first half.
MANYA NETS TWO
Last season, Manya Makoski tied for the team lead in goals scored with six tallied in 19 games played. On Sunday, Makoski scored a pair of goals, netting the first of season for the team before adding the fourth tally as well.
SPARKY'S LITTLE HELPER
Not only did Manya Makoski score twice Sunday against Weber State, she scored twice with help from fellow senior Elizabeth Bogus. On the first Makoski goal, Bogus slipped a pass through traffic to a wide-open Makoski who fired a shot into the net. Early in the second half, Bogus broke into the defense and again slipped a pass to a wide-open Makoski for the goal.
THAT'S A FIRST!
With the score sitting at 2-1 in the closing minutes of the first half of Sunday's match with WSU, Emily Coehlo scored her first collegiate goal in her first home match with the Sun Devils. The Sun Devil freshman put ASU ahead, 3-1, at the 32:09 mark when Kelley Bond lofted a pass into the box that Coehlo headed over the keeper for the goal. Her score also would turn out to be the game-winning goal as ASU would take a 5-2 decision.
So far this season, three freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started both matches for ASU. Emily Coehlo and Brooke Simons also earned starts against Weber State Sunday. So far this season, four rookies have seen playing time as Alex Dunsdon also came into the WSU game Sunday.
Arizona State and UNLV have met three times with all three matches ending with the road team being shut out. The Sun Devils won the first match, 5-0, in Tempe during the 1999 season before handing down a 3-0 decision at home in 2002. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, the Rebels continued that trend last year with a 2-0 decision in Las Vegas.
ASU SOCCER HISTORY
August 29-September 4 - The Sun Devils have historically been very successful in matches played between August 29 and September 4, holding a 13-1-1 all-time record. One notable match played during that time frame includes a 4-0 defeat of rival Arizona on Aug. 31, 1999, in Tucson.
The Sun Devils hold an all-time record of 3-1-0 against teams currently in the Big West Conference (UC Irvine) and stand 12-9-1 against Mountain West Conference foes (UNLV). Despite the winning records against each league, ASU has lost the last meeting it has had with a member of each conference, both coming last season. On Sept. 24, the Sun Devils dropped a 3-0 decision on the road at UC Santa Barbara before losing a 2-0 decision to UNLV on Oct. 3 in Las Vegas.
SCOUTING - UC IRVINE
The Anteaters are 1-1-0 on the season following a 2-1 victory at San Jose State to open their slate before falling, 3-2, in overtime at St. Mary's. Individually, Brittney Webster leads the team in points (5), goals (2) and is tied for the lead in assists (1).
IN THE SERIES - ASU vs UCI
This weekend marks the first match between the Sun Devils and Anteaters.
SCOUTING - UNLV
The Rebels also stand 1-1-0 on the season after opening the season with a 2-0 setback at home to Cal State Northridge before bouncing back to dominate intrastate rival Nevada, 5-0. Erica Frizzell leads the team with two goals and is tied atop the points list at four with Jessica Destito, who has one goal and two assists.
IN THE SERIES - ASU vs UNLV
The Sun Devils hold a 2-1-0 advantage in the series with the Rebels with their lone loss coming a year ago in Las Vegas. Overall, ASU is 2-0-0 in matches played in Tempe with the Sun Devils scoring wins of 5-0 (Sept. 17, 1999) and 3-0 (Sept. 22, 2002).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 176-88-21 as the head coach. If you include his five non-head coaching positions, Leone stands 251-120-23 in 20 seasons.
With the Sun Devils, Leone stands 44-30-8 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 opened the 2005 season with one loss followed by one victory over the weekend. On Friday night, Arizona State dropped a 2-0 decision at No. 5 Santa Clara before returning home Sunday where it scored a 5-2 defeat of Weber State. Manya Makoski scored a pair of goals with Courtney Crane, Emily Coehlo and Brittany Cooper each adding single strikes.
NEXT TIME OUT
Arizona State takes to the road next weekend for a pair of neutral site contests as the Sun Devils head to Albuquerque, N.M., to face Syracuse and Auburn. ASU meets the Orangewomen at noon Friday before closing out the trip to New Mexico at 11 a.m. Sunday against the Tigers.