Soccer Heads to New Mexico to Face Syracuse, Auburn

Sept. 6, 2005

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University soccer team (2-2-0) takes to the road this weekend with a pair of matches away from Tempe as it faces both Syracuse and Auburn at the New Mexico Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. The Sun Devils and Orangewomen (1-3-0) are set to meet at 4 p.m. Friday with the Sun Devils facing the Tigers (1-3-0) in the weekend finale at 11 a.m. Sunday.

On the strength of her two-goal performance, including the game-winning strike against visiting UC Irvine Friday night, Elizabeth Bogus was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 5, the conference office announced Tuesday. Trailing, 2-1, to UCI, Bogus scored with less than five minutes remaining in regulation and then, in the second overtime, hammered a shot home for the victory. The player of the week honor is the third of her career and the eighth for the program.

Haley Stein, a senior from Santa Rosa, Calif., netted the first goal of her Sun Devil career Sunday against UNLV. Just over 15 minutes into the game, Arizona State drew a corner kick with Manya Makoski playing the ball. Makoski's pass arched into the box where Stein redirected it past the Rebels' keeper for an early 1-0 lead in the match. Freshman Emily Coehlo also scored her first collegiate goal this season as she netted a tally at the 32:09 mark in ASU's 5-2 defeat of Weber State on Aug. 28. Her goal also proved to be the game-winner.

Although the two matches awaiting the Sun Devils this weekend are at a neutral site, one ASU student-athlete will feel right at home. Senior Brittany Cooper is a native of Albuquerque, N.M., the site of the UNM Invitational Friday and Sunday.

Arizona State will not be making its first trip to New Mexico to play soccer. The Sun Devils have played in Albuquerque on three other occasions, including one neutral match. ASU's first match at UNM was a 2-1 loss to UTEP on Oct. 4, 1996, the program's first season, followed two days later by a 2-0 setback to the Lobos. The Sun Devils won the next two contests in Albuquerque, defeating the Lobos 3-0 in 1999 and 2-1 in 2002.

The Sun Devils stand 9-6-1 all-time in neutral site matches and have won each of their last six, including a 1-0 defeat of Auburn, ASU's opponent this Sunday, on Sept. 28, 2002, at Georgia. After winning its first neutral site contest, and the first match in program history in 1996 (3-0 vs. CS Northridge at Loyola Marymount), ASU dropped five in a row before winning eight of the next 10 matches.

With its thrilling 3-2, double-overtime defeat of UC Irvine Friday, ASU recorded its 95th victory in program history and moving one victory closer toward the 100-win mark. Overall, the Sun Devils stand 95-73-11 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. 95: 3-2 (2ot), vs. UC Irvine (home) - Sept. 2, 2005

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.

After going 1-1-0 in their first weekend of competition, the Sun Devils again posted a 1-1-0 mark in week two, winning the opener with UC Irvine, 3-2, in double-overtime before falling to UNLV, 2-1, to close out the weekend. Elizabeth Bogus netted her first two goals of the season, her first sending the match into overtime and the second winning the match, to help ASU defeat UCI. Against the Rebels, Haley Stein recorded her first career goal, but UNLV scored twice afterwards to win the match.

So far this season, three freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started all four matches for ASU. Emily Coehlo and Brooke Simons also earned starts this year. So far this season, four rookies have seen playing time as Alex Dunsdon also has taken the pitch for the Sun Devils.

September 5 - September 11 - Two historical items standout this week for the Sun Devils with both including victories. On Sept. 6, 1996, ASU played its first varsity match and defeated Cal State Northridge, 3-0, in a match played at Loyola Marymount. Then, in the 2000 season, the Sun Devils defeated Utah, 2-1, and Pittsburgh, 7-0, to continue a record winning streak. The victories in 2000 were the fourth and fifth wins in a nine-match streak to open the season and doubled as wins seven and eight in a 12-match streak dating back to the end of the 1999 season. The 7-0 defeat of the Panthers also marked the most goals scored in school history at that point, matched just once more in school history: the very next match.

Arizona State is 2-3-0 against teams currently competing in the Big East Conference and stand 6-1-1 all-time against the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Syracuse, a member of the Big East, and ASU have never met, but the Sun Devils have faced Marquette (0-1-0), a recent addition to the conference, Notre Dame (0-2-0), Rutgers (1-0-0) and Pittsburgh (1-0-0). In the SEC, the Sun Devils are 1-0-0 against both Auburn and Mississippi, 2-0-0 against Georgia and Kentucky, 0-1-0 against Tennessee and 0-0-1 against Vanderbilt.

The Orangewomen are 1-3-0 on the season and have lost each of their last two matches by identical 1-0 scores to Binghampton and Harvard. In all three losses this season, SU also has been shut out. Their lone victory was a 3-1 defeat of Hartford.

This weekend marks the first match between the Sun Devils and Orangewomen.

The Tigers also sit 1-3-0 on the year, but are coming off their first victory of 2005 following an 0-3-0 start. AU lost 1-2 and 0-2 at Rice and Texas, respectively, before returning home and falling to Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, in double overtime. The Tigers broke into the win column with a 3-0 defeat of Rhode Island last Sunday.

The Sun Devils and Tigers have met once on the pitch with ASU escaping with a 1-0 victory. The match was played Sept. 28, 2002, in Athens, Ga., on the Georgia campus.

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.

After being shutout at No. 5 Santa Clara Friday (Aug. 26), 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 177-89-21 as the head coach. If you include his five non-head coaching positions, Leone stands 252-121-23 in 20 seasons.

With the Sun Devils, Leone stands 45-31-8 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.

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.

The Sun Devils head to the northeast for a pair of matches next weekend as they are set to take on Villanova Friday afternoon before closing out the weekend against host Dartmouth Sunday in Hanover, N.H.

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