Soccer Plays Host to #12 BYU, San Diego This Weekend
Sept. 27, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - Following a 1-0 overtime defeat of visiting UC Santa Barbara over the weekend, the Arizona State University soccer team improved to 5-3-1 on the season as it is set to play host to its final two non-conference matches this weekend at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The Sun Devils open the weekend when undefeated and No. 12 BYU (9-0-1) travels to Tempe for a 7 p.m. Thursday contest before ASU and the San Diego Torreros (3-6-0) close out the weekend with a noon contest on Sunday.
The Arizona State-No. 12 Brigham Young match at 7 p.m. Thursday has been selected as the Sun Devil soccer team's Gold Game this season. All fans are encouraged to wear gold to the match as they cheer on the Sun Devils against the Cougars.
Arizona State's home on the web, www.thesundevils.com, will carry 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.
With its thrilling 1-0 overtime defeat of UC Santa Barbara Friday night inside Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, the Arizona State soccer program improved its all-time home record to 54-27-6 since opening varsity play in 1996.
In the nine-plus seasons the Sun Devils have competed at the varsity level, they stand 13-30-3 against foes ranked in the Top 25 national polls. This week, Arizona State will face No. 12 BYU. When battling opponents ranked between No. 15 and No. 11, the Sun Devils stand 1-3-0. The most recent meeting was last year when ASU went on the road and defeated No. 14 California, 1-0.
COUNTDOWN TO 100 - THREE AWAY
Behind the scoring of Elizabeth Bogus, the Sun Devils captured its 98th victory in school history and moved to within two victories of 100. Overall, Arizona State holds a 98-74-12 record in their nine-plus seasons of competition. The Sun Devils' 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. 98: 1-0 (ot), vs. UC Santa Barbara (at home) - Sept. 13, 2005
FOUR IN A ROW
Elizabeth Bogus struck again over the weekend as she netted the lone goal in the Sun Devils' 1-0 overtime defeat of UC Santa Barbara. Her goal was the seventh on the season for the senior and also the fifth in as many games. Bogus also has scored the last four goals for the Sun Devils as she added the fourth in a 4-1 defeat of Auburn and lone tallies against Villanova (1-1 tie), Dartmouth (2-1 overtime loss) and UCSB (1-0 overtime win). Her season total also gives her a tie for the 10th-most scored in a single season.
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
A little closer look at Elizabeth Bogus' goals scored over the last four games shows she has a knack for scoring late in the match. Against Auburn, Villanova and Dartmouth, Bogus scored with less than six minutes remaining in regulation. Last weekend, she scored her second overtime game-winner of the season less than four minutes in to overtime.
DEFENSE STANDS TALL
For the first time this season, the Sun Devil defense, anchored by junior keeper Kim Bingham, posted a shutout of its opponent with a 1-0 defeat of UC Santa Barbara in overtime Friday night. The defense limited the Gauchos to just four shots in the match with Bingham recording three saves to preserve the shutout.
READY, AIM, SHOOT!
The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in shots this season with 174 and carry an average of nearly 20 per contest on the season. Elizabeth Bogus, who ranks second in the conference in goals scored (seven) leads the Pac-10 with 51 shots while teammate Brittany Cooper sits second with 46.
Through last weekend's matches, the Sun Devils continue to rank among the Top 5 in the four major offensive categories in the Pac-10, including the top spots in goals (19) and shots (174). The Sun Devils also sit third in points (52) and fifth in assists (14).
On the individual scoring front, Elizabeth Bogus continues to pace the Sun Devils on offense as she ranks third in the league with 16 points and is tied for second with seven goals scored. She also ranks tied for 10th with a host of others with two assists. Fellow senior Manya Makoski currently sits tied for sixth in points with 12 and is tied for seventh in goal scoring with five.
UPDATING THE VINYL
Elizabeth Bogus, Brittany Cooper and Manya Makoski have made a name for themselves in their four years of playing in Tempe, and those names have been climbing higher and higher in the record books this season. In career categories, Bogus ranks second in goals (27) and game-winning goals (12) while ranking third in points (68). Cooper is fourth in points (64), goals (24) and game-winning goals (6) while Makoski sits second in assists (18), third in game-winning goals (8) and sixth in both points (60) and goals (21). Only two single-season Top 10 marks have been recorded this year with Bogus holding both as she is tied for eighth in game-winning goals in a season (2) and tied for 10th in season goals (7).
So far this season, three freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started all nine 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
Sept. 25-Oct. 2 - Goals and upsets highlight this week in Sun Devil history. On Sept. 26, 1997, ASU defeated one of Coach Leone's former teams, Creighton, 5-0, to win its third match in a row with five or more goals scored. ASU defeated Utah State (6-2) and UTEP (5-1) as well. On Sept. 28, 2001, ASU traveled to No. 10 Kentucky and upset their third Top 10 all-time with a 2-0 decision. The Sun Devils' other upsets included No. 5 UCLA at home in 2000 and No. 9 Stanford on the road. Historically, ASU is 9-6-0 this week with a 2-1-0 mark on Sept. 29, including wins in the last two.
The Sun Devils hold an all-time non-conference record of 60-41-6 with a 33-12-3 mark in those matches played at home. Arizona State stands 12-10-1 against teams currently competing in the Mountain West Conference and 3-10-1 against the West Coast Conference. The Sun Devils have already met one team from each of the conference this season, both finishing with a loss. ASU dropped a 2-0 decision at No. 5 Santa Clara to open the season before falling to UNLV, 2-1, at home.
SCOUTING - BYU
The Cougars are undefeated on the season with a 9-0-1 record, including a 1-0 upset of No. 9 California and a 0-0 tie to Eastern Washington over the weekend. So far in 2005, BYU has outscored its foes, 23-2, and is 2-0-1 in overtime matches, winning both in double overtime.
SUN DEVILS VS. COUGARS
BYU holds a 2-1-0 advantage in the series, but ASU won the last meeting with a 3-2 decision on Sept. 4, 2004, in Provo, Utah. The lone meeting in Tempe between the two squads resulted in a 3-2 overtime win for the Cougars on Aug. 27, 1999.
SCOUTING - SAN DIEGO
The Torreros are 3-6-0 on the year and have dropped five of their last six matches with four of the five setbacks coming in shutouts. So far, USD has been outscored, 21-9. The Torreros and Sun Devils each share a win over a common foe this season as each has defeated UC Irvine, 2-1. USD did so Friday night while ASU won earlier in the season.
SUN DEVILS VS. TORREROS
San Diego holds a 2-1-0 advantage in the series and won the last meeting, 2-1, in two overtimes on Oct. 5, 2003, in San Diego. Overall, the home team has won all three matches, with ASU taking the lone meeting in Tempe, 2-0, on Sept. 20, 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.
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.
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 180-90-22 as the head coach. If you include his five non-head coaching positions, Leone stands 255-122-24 in 20 seasons.
With the Sun Devils, Leone stands 46-32-9 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 secured a 1-0 overtime defeat of UC Santa Barbara with Elizabeth Bogus scoring the game-winning goal just four minutes into the first overtime period.
NEXT TIME OUT
With their non-conference slate behind them, the Sun Devils dive into Pac-10 play next weekend as the Oregon schools pay a visit to Tempe. The weekend opens with ASU facing Oregon State at 7 p.m. Friday night before the Sun Devils Ducks meet Sunday at 1 p.m.
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