Soccer Opens Pac-10 Play at Home with Oregon Schools
Oct. 4, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 2005 Pac-10 Conference slate gets underway for the Arizona State University soccer team this weekend as the Sun Devils play host to Oregon State (7-3-0, 0-0-0 Pac-10) and Oregon (8-1-1, 0-0-0 Pac-10) at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The Sun Devils (5-4-2, 0-0-0 Pac-10) open the weekend with a 7 p.m. Friday contest against the visiting Beavers before closing out the five-match home stand against the Ducks at noon Sunday.
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.
I CALL HER, NUMBER TWO
Elizabeth Bogus is two assists away from taking over the No. 2 position in all offensive categories following another impressive weekend on the pitch. In matches with No. 12 BYU and San Diego, Bogus netted one goal and two assists to bring her career points total to 72 and surpassing Patrice Feulner's 71 (2000-03). Bogus' goal also broke a tie with Feulner for second on the career lists as she now has 28. Already at No. 2 in the game-winning goals category with 12, Bogus is currently sixth in career assists with 16 while teammate and fellow senior Manya Makoski is second with 18.
This weekend marks the opening of Pac-10 Conference play for the Sun Devils as the Oregon schools visit the Valley of the Sun. In nine seasons of play as a member of the 'Conference of Champions', ASU has compiled an overall mark of 38-33-6 in conference place and stands 21-15-3 in Pac-10 matches played at home. Last year, the Sun Devils went 3-1-1 at home a year ago with wins over Washington State (2-1, 2ot), No. 16 Arizona (1-0) and USC (1-0) and a tie against No. 4 Washington (3-3). The lone loss was a 1-0 setback to No. 5 UCLA.
The Sun Devils are heading into the final two matches of a five-match home stand and currently stand 1-1-1 in the previous three contests. Arizona State defeated UC Santa Barbara (1-0, ot) before falling to No. 12 BYU (3-1) and tying San Diego (2-2) last weekend. Following matches with the Oregon schools this weekend, the Sun Devils will have just two more home contests remaining this season as they play host to Stanford and California the weekend of Oct. 21-23.
OPENING CONFERENCE PLAY
Historically, the Sun Devils are 6-1-2 in their first Pac-10 match of the season and stand 2-0-1 when the first conference tilt of the season is held in Tempe. Arizona State also stands 5-3-1 in their Pac-10 home opener.
Twice the Sun Devils have played their first Pac-10 contest of the season against the Oregon State Beavers, winning both in a shut out. ASU defeated OSU, 4-0, in 1997 and then, 1-0, during the 2001 season.
COUNTDOWN TO 100 - TWO 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 98-75-13 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 first goal in the Sun Devils' 2-2 tie with San Diego. Her goal was the eighth on the season for the senior and also the sixth in the last seven games. Heading into the weekend, Bogus also had 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). Manya Makoski scored ASU's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to BYU to break Bogus' consecutive goals scored streak.
WARNING: SHOOTING RANGE
The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in shots this season with 213 and carry an average of nearly 20 per contest on the season. Three of Arizona State's players rank among the Top 10 individually in shots, including the Top 2 in the conference, Elizabeth Bogus (61) and Brittany Cooper (57). Manya Makoski is seventh (35).
In the four major offensive categories (goals, assists, points and shots), the Sun Devils rank among the Top 3 in all four, including the lead in shots (213). Arizona State sits in third behind the Los Angeles schools in both points (60) and goals (22) while tying with Oregon State for third in assists (16).
Along with their standings in the shots category, Elizabeth Bogus and Manya Makoski also rank highly in other offensive categories so far this season. Bogus is third in goals (eight), points (20) and tied for fifth in assists (4) while Makoski sits tied for fifth in points (14) and tied for sixth in goals (six). Alissa Oldenkamp also ranks highly in the assists category as she is tied for ninth with three.
So far this season, three freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started all 11 matches for ASU. Emily Coehlo and Brooke Simons also earned starts this year. So far this season, five rookies have seen playing time as Alex Dunsdon also has taken the pitch twice for the Sun Devils and Christine Nieva made her first appearance Sunday against San Diego.
ASU SOCCER HISTORY
Oct. 3-9 - Success against highly ranked conference opponents highlights this week in Sun Devil soccer history. On Oct. 9, 1998, the Sun Devils defeated their first Top 10 team as they upset No. 9 Stanford, 2-1, in Palo Alto, Calif. That win was the highest upset in school history until ASU defeated the No. 2 Cardinal, 1-0, in 2001. Then, on Oct. 8 of last year, the Sun Devils welcomed No. 4 Washington to Tempe and battled the Huskies to a 3-3 draw. That decision is the only tie the Sun Devils have secured against a member of the Top 20 national rankings.
SCOUTING - OREGON STATE
The Beavers enter the weekend with a 7-3-0 record, although they are just 2-2-0 in the last four matches. Of their 10 matches, six have been decided by shut out with four wins going the way of the Beavers. Jodie Taylor leads the offense with seven of the team's 18 goals on the season.
SUN DEVILS VS. BEAVERS
Arizona State is 7-1-0 all-time against Oregon State with the lone loss coming in a 1-0 double overtime decision last year in Corvallis. In the eight meetings, the Sun Devils have outscored the Beavers, 12-2, have won six matches by shut out and stand 4-0-0 in contests played in Tempe.
SCOUTING - OREGON
The Ducks enter the weekend with the second-best record in the Pac-10 at 8-1-1 and have won six matches in a row. Oregon also has shut out its opponents on six occasions and are 3-0-0 on the road in 2005. Nicole Garbin paces the offense with half of the team's goals scored this season, netting seven of the UO 14 tallies in 2005.
SUN DEVILS VS. DUCKS
Arizona State is 5-2-2 all-time against Oregon and stand unbeaten in its last three contests, including a 1-1 tie in Eugene a year ago. The Sun Devils are 3-1-0 in matches played in Tempe and have outscored the Ducks, 15-11, in the series.
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.
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 Sept. 23. The defense limited the Gauchos to just four shots in the match with Bingham recording three saves to preserve the shutout.
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 180-91-23 as the head coach. If you include his five non-head coaching positions, Leone stands 255-123-25 in 20 seasons.
With the Sun Devils, Leone stands 46-33-10 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 went 0-1-1 in its past weekend of competition, dropping a 3-1 decision to visiting No. 12 BYU before tying San Diego, 2-2, Sunday afternoon.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Sun Devils return to the road next weekend as they are set to meet Washington State Friday night in Pullman, Wash., before closing out the trip Sunday at Washington in Seattle. Match times are 3 p.m. and noon, respectively.