Soccer Plays Host to UC Santa Barbara Friday Night
Sept. 20, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - Following an 0-1-1 mark at the adidas/Hypertherm Classic at Dartmouth over the weekend, the Arizona State University soccer team (4-3-1, 0-0-0 Pac-10) returns home for the first of five home matches in a row, including its final three non-conference tilts, as the Sun Devils play host to UC Santa Barbara (5-3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday night inside Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.
Arizona State's home on the web, www.thesundevils.com, will carry the Sun Devils' match 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.
After two weekends on the road, the Sun Devils return home this weekend for the first of five home matches over a span of the next three weekends. After facing UC Santa Barbara Friday night, ASU will meet undefeated and No. 15 BYU at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, and San Diego at Noon on Sunday, Oct. 2, to close out the non-conference season. Then, Oct. 7 and Oct. 9 sees the Sun Devils open conference play as they play host to Oregon State (7 p.m.) and Oregon (1 p.m.), respectively. Overall, ASU is 53-27-6 in matches played at home since opening varsity play in 1996.
PACK THE PARK!
Friday night's match between the Sun Devils and Gauchos will be Pack the Park Night at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. All fans are encouraged to come out and support the Sun Devils as well as meet Abby Wambach, a member of the US Women's National Team.
COUNTDOWN TO 100 - THREE AWAY
With two victories recorded at the UNM Classic (Sept. 9-11), 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
HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, BOGI
Over the weekend, Elizabeth Bogus scored both of the Sun Devils' goals, each coming within the last five minutes of regulation, to bring ASU back from a 1-0 deficit and force overtime. She now has six goals on the season, a team-high, and moved into third on the all-time ASU lists in both career goals (26) and career points (66). Her goal total this season, just eight matches into the year, equals the team-high from 2004.
So far this year, the Sun Devils have played eight matches and have found themselves trailing at some point in four of them. The common occurance in three of the four matches has been Elizabeth Bogus. Against UC Irvine, ASU fell behind 1-0 before Brittany Cooper tied the score at one. In the second half, the Sun Devils were behind, 2-1, before Bogus scored both the equalizer and the game-winner. Over the weekend, Bogus' goals against both Villanova and Dartmouth tied the match at one and forced overtime.
Through four weeks of competition, the Sun Devils still remain among the leaders in the Pac-10 among several offensive categories. As a team, ASU leads the way with 146 shots and ties UCLA for the goal lead with 18. The Sun Devils' 50 points and 14 assists rank third-best. Individually, the senior trio of Elizabeth Bogus, Brittany Cooper and Manya Makoski hold several spots in the Top 10.
Bogus either leads or is tied for the lead in three categories, including shots (40), points (14) and goals (six) while also ranking tied for ninth in assists (two). Cooper is second in shots (39) and tied for ninth in assists (two) while Makoski stands fifth in shots (26), tied for sixth in points (12) and goals (five) and tied for ninth in assists (two).
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. Bogus has moved into third on the all-time lists in points with 66 (26G-14A) and goals (26) while tying with Cooper on the assists chart at 14. Cooper is third in points at 64 (25G-14A) and fourth in goals (25) while Makoski is tied for second in assists (18) and sixth in points with 60 (21G-18A) and goals (16).
So far this season, three freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started all eight 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 19-25 - A pair of firsts highlight this week in Sun Devil soccer history, both coming during the team's first season (1996). On Sept. 21, 1996, Arizona State traveled to Eugene, Ore., for its first Pac-10 Conference match and returned to Tempe with a 1-1 tie against the Ducks. Four days later, the Sun Devils played host to nearby Grand Canyon College (Phoenix) and handed the visitors a 2-1 setback for the first home victory in ASU history.
In five all-time matches against the Big West Conference, the Sun Devils stand 4-1-0. One of the victories was recorded earlier this season as Arizona State defeated UC Irvine, 3-2, in double overtime. The lone loss, however, came last year in Santa Barbara, Calif., when the host Gauchos handed down a 3-0 defeat to the Sun Devils.
SCOUTING - UC SANTA BARBARA
The Gauchos enter the match with a 5-3-0 record on the season thanks to their recent four-match winning streak. After opening the year with a win and then three losses in a row, UC Santa Barbara has stepped up its play with victories against Rutgers (2-0), Villanova (2-1), Hawaii (3-1) and George Washington (1-0, 1ot). The Wildcats are not the only common opponent ASU and UCSB share this year as the Sun Devils still must face California in Pac-10 action. The Golden Bears defeated UCSB, 1-0.
IN THE SERIES - ASU vs UCSB
The Gauchos hold a 1-0-0 advantage in the series after winning a 3-0 contest last year (Sept. 24) in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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 179-90-22 as the head coach. If you include his five non-head coaching positions, Leone stands 254-122-24 in 20 seasons.
With the Sun Devils, Leone stands 45-32-9 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
Arizona State saw its two-match winning streak snapped over the weekend as the Sun Devils played a pair of overtime contests at the adidas/Hypertherm Classic in Hanover, N.H. In the opener, the Sun Devils fell behind, 1-0, before the intermission, only to see Elizabeth Bogus score the equalizer with six minutes remaining in overtime. Alissa Oldenkamp and Juanita Lawson contributed assists on the score. After neither team could score in the extra sessions, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
On the final day of play, the host Big Green took a 1-0 lead into the second half and looked poised to win, but Bogus struck again, this time with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, to force another overtime. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, Dartmouth scored in the first overtime to win the match, 2-1.
NEXT TIME OUT
Arizona State closes out its non-conference slate next weekend as the Sun Devils face BYU and San Diego. The Sun Devils and No. 15 Cougars will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium before ASU and the Torreros close out the weekend with a noon match Sunday.