Soccer to Face Villanova, Dartmouth this Weekend
Sept. 13, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - After convincing sweep of Syracuse and Auburn at the New Mexico Classic over the weekend, the Arizona State University soccer team heads Hanover, N.H., for the adidas/Hypertherm Classic hosted by Dartmouth at Chase Field. The Sun Devils (4-2-0) will meet Villanova (3-3-1) at 1 p.m. Friday before closing out the weekend against the host Big Green (2-2-0) in a 10 a.m. Sunday morning match.
THE FEELING IS NEUTRAL
For the second weekend in a row, the Sun Devils will participate in a neutral site contest, this week meeting Villanova at the adidas/Hypertherm Classic in Hanover, N.H. Overall, ASU stands 11-6-1 all-time in neutral site matches and have won each of its last eight. 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 10 of the next 12 neutral site matches.
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.
COUNTDOWN TO 100 - THREE AWAY
With two victories recorded over the weekend at the UNM Classic, ASU recorded its 96th and 97th victories in program history and moved one victory closer toward the 100-win mark. Overall, the Sun Devils stand 97-73-11 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. 97: 4-1, vs. Auburn (at New Mexico) - Sept. 11, 2005
MAKOSKI TURNING IT ON
Last year, Manya Makoski tied for the team lead with six goals scored. Through six matches in 2005, Makoski is once again in the pole position, only she has already accumulated five goals. Over the weekend, the Sun Devils scored seven goals with Makoski accounting for three. She also added an assist for a total of seven points in two games.
TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADERS
Through three weeks of competition, the Sun Devils have surged to the top of the statistical pile, according to the latest statistics released Tuesday by the Pac-10 office. On the team side of things, the ASU offense leads the way as it ranks first in goals scored (16), goals per game (1.67), points (44) and shots (129) while sitting second in assists (12).
Individually, seniors Manya Makoski, Brittany Cooper and Elizabeth Bogus rank among the Top 10 in the conference in several categories. Makoski is tied for the lead in points with 12 (5 goals-2 assists) while also ranking tied for second in goals (5), fourth in shots (22) and tied for fifth in assists (2). Bogus stands second in shots (33), tied for third in points with 10 (4G-2A), tied for fourth in goals (4) and tied for fifth in assists (2). Cooper leads the conference in shots (37), is tied for fifth in assists (2), tied for sixth in goals (3) and tied for eighth in points with eight (3G-2A).
UPDATING THE VINYL
Not only do Brittany Cooper, Elizabeth Bogus and Manya Makoski each rank highly among the Pac-10 Conference this season, the senior trio also rank among the Top 10 on three career scoring lists at ASU. Cooper currently ranks third all-time in points with 64 (25G-14A), third in goals (25) and tied with Bogus for eighth in assists (14). Bogus is tied for fourth in points with 62 (24G-14A) and fourth in goals (24). Makoski moved into a tie for second on the assists list (18) over the weekend with one helper and also became just the sixth player to reach 60 career points (21G-18). Her 21 goals is sixth all-time.
So far this season, three freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started all six 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.
ASU SOCCER HISTORY
September 12 - September 18 - This week in Arizona State soccer history brings the Sun Devils home with mixed results. On Sept. 14, 1996, the Sun Devils played their first home game in program history, but unfortunately dropped a 1-0 decision to visiting San Francisco. Seven years later, however, the home results would be better as Arizona State played host to Baylor on Sept. 13, 2002, and again battled to a 1-0 score, this time in favor of the Sun Devils. Their victory over the Bears was the first of seven victories in a row as well as the first of five shutouts in a row. The string of shut out wins is a school record.
For the second weekend in a row, the Sun Devils will have a chance to improve upon their record against opponents from the Big East when it takes on Villanova Friday night in Hanover, N.H. All-time, ASU is 3-3-0 against the conference with 1-0-0 marks against Syracuse (over the weekend), Pittsburgh and Rutgers. The Sun Devils also are 0-1-0 against Marquette (new to the conference this year) and 0-2-0 against Notre Dame. Dartmouth is the lone Ivy League team the Sun Devils have faced, scoring a 3-2 victory over the Big Green last year in Tempe.
SCOUTING - VILLANOVA
The Wildcats, members of the Big East Conference, stand 3-3-1 overall on the season with a 0-0-1 mark in conference play following a 1-1 tie with Georgetown. Of their seven matches, five have been decided by one goal with the lone exceptions coming in the form of a 7-1 defeat of Vermont at home and a 2-0 victory at Maryland.
IN THE SERIES - ASU vs VU
This weekend marks the first match between the Sun Devils and Wildcats.
SCOUTING - DARTMOUTH
The Big Green enter the weekend with a 2-2-0 record after dropping a pair of matches last weekend in California. After opening the season 2-0-0 and earning a berth in the national Top 25 rankings, Dartmouth dropped a 1-0 decision to Pac-10 member California before suffering a 2-0 defeat to host St. Mary's.
IN THE SERIES - ASU vs DU
Arizona State and Dartmouth have met once before on the pitch with the Sun Devils claiming a 3-2 victory in a match played last year (Sept. 17) in Tempe.
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.
FASTEST LEG IN THE WEST
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.
BOGUS NETS GOALS, HONOR
On the strength of her two-goal performance, including the game-winning strike against visiting UC Irvine Sept. 2, Elizabeth Bogus was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 5. 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.
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.
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.
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 179-89-21 as the head coach. If you include his five non-head coaching positions, Leone stands 254-121-23 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.
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.
LAST TIME ON THE PITCH
The Sun Devils, after dropping a tough 2-1 decision to visiting UNLV one week prior, looked to rebound and did so in a big way with two convincing wins at the New Mexico Classic. In the opener, Arizona State defeated Syracuse, 3-1, with Manya Makoski scoring 20 minutes into the match for an early 1-0 lead. Late in the match, Brittany Cooper, playing in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., scored on a penalty kick five minutes before SU scored. Despite their lead, the Sun Devils got another goal just five minutes later as Elizabeth Bogus scored in the 80th minute for the final score.
On Sunday, ASU jumped out to an early lead with Stephanie Ebner finding the back of the net in the sixth minute of play. Makoski, who assisted on Ebner's tally, scored in the 18th minute for a 2-0 lead, only to see the Tigers score one minute later for a 2-1 score. Once again, the Sun Devils protected their lead and then added to it in the later stages of the match with Makoski adding her second score of the match before Bogus added another insurance goal. Cooper picked up a pair of assists in the contest as well.
NEXT TIME OUT
Next weekend, the Sun Devils return home of one match as they play host to UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Team USA member Abby Wombach will be in attendance at the match and will serve as a guest coach during ASU's match with the Gauchos.
TOMORROW | 5:00pm PTLive
TOMORROW | 7:00pm PTLive