Soccer Heads to L.A. For Final Regular Season Matches

Nov. 1, 2005

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University soccer team closes out its 2005 regular season slate on the road this weekend when it travels to Los Angeles for a pair of Pac-10 matches first facing USC before closing out the weekend at No. 4 UCLA. The Sun Devils (9-6-3, 4-2-1 Pac-10) and Trojans (10-5-2, 4-2-1) meet at McAlister Field for a 2 p.m. contest on Friday afternoon before the Sun Devils and Bruins (15-1-2, 5-0-2) meet at Drake Stadium for a 1 p.m. match.

The final weekend of play will prove critical in the race for the Pac-10 Championship as four of the Top 5 teams in the conference meet in Los Angeles. The Sun Devils are tied for third place with USC and Arizona, all holding 4-2-1 records in Pac-10 play while UCLA leads the way with a 5-0-2 mark. California is second at 5-1-1.

With the final weekend of the regular season being played out Friday and Sunday, the Sun Devils will look to improve their chances for a post-season berth in the NCAA tournament during its matches in Los Angeles. The NCAA committee will select 64 teams to compete in the national event and will announce their selections between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST. The sites and pairings of the matches will also be announced then.

With her two-goal performance against rival No. 25 Arizona Saturday in Tucson, including the game-winning strike in the 2-1 victory, Manya Makoski was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 25-31. Makoski, who now has eight goals and six assists for 22 points on the season, earned her first conference weekly honor after scoring both goals on assists from Brittany Cooper. The award is the ninth all-time for ASU.

With its 2-1 upset of No. 25 Arizona last weekend, the Sun Devils improved to 4-2-1 in the Pac-10 and continued its streak of nine years in a row with four or more victories in Pac-10 play. The lone season ASU was unable to record four or more wins came in its first varsity season (1996) when it finished 2-2-1.

So far this year, the Sun Devils are 3-2-0 on the road. The good news is three victories have come against Pac-10 opponents. Arizona State has defeated Washington State, 4-2, Washington, 4-0, and No. 25 Arizona, 2-1, during the 2005 season. Its losses came at No. 5 Santa Clara, 2-0, and Dartmouth, 2-1 in one overtime.

Heading into last weekend, Arizona State was 0-3-1 against ranked foes this season. The Sun Devils picked up their first win over the season against a Top 25 team Saturday night when it handed No. 25 Arizona a 2-1 decision in Tucson.

With its 2-1 defeat of Arizona last Saturday, the Sun Devils improved to 10-0-1 all-time against their intrastate rivals.

When Arizona State meets USC and UCLA this weekend, each match will feature two of the top offensive teams in the conference. In the four major team offense categories (shots, goals, assists and points), the Sun Devils rank in the Top 3 in all four, as does UCLA, while USC is in three of the four. ASU leads with 317 shots with UCLA (310) and USC (201) in second and sixth. The Bruins lead in points (117), goals (41) and assists (35) while the Sun Devils are third (93), second (34) and third (25), respectively. The Trojans are ranked second (101) in points, third in goals (33) and tied for first in assists (35).

When Arizona State defeated Washington State, 4-2, in Pullman, Wash., on Oct. 14, the Sun Devils not only secured their seventh win of the season, but also captured the 100th victory in the history of the program. ASU's win total is now up to 101 following a 3-0 defeat of Washington Oct. 16. 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. 100: 4-2, at Washington State - Oct. 14, 2005

The Sun Devil program reaching 100 wins at Washington State was not the only milestone achieved that weekend. With the same 4-2 victory, Ray Leone, the fifth-year head coach of the Sun Devils, recorded the 50th win of his tenure in Tempe. Overall, Leone is 52-35-11.

Prior to the start of the conference season, the Sun Devils had recorded just one shut out on the year, a 1-0 overtime defeat of visiting UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 23). Since Pac-10 play began, the Arizona State defense has limited its conference foes to five goals scored in seven matches while posting three shut outs (Oregon, Washington, Stanford). During the conference season, keeper Kim Bingham has stopped 28 of 33 shots, including a nine save performance against Arizona, to lead the defense.

With its 0-0 tie against No. 25 Stanford over the weekend, Arizona State played its first match ever to end in a scoreless draw. In the 10 years the program has competed at the varsity level, ASU had ended 13 matches in a tie with scores of either 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3.

The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in shots this season with 317 and carry an average of nearly 18 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 (91) and Brittany Cooper (83). Manya Makoski is eighth (55). As a team, the 317 shots taken this season rank as the second-most in school history, trailing only the 326 attempted by the 2000 squad. If the Sun Devils hold true to their average this weekend, they will break the record against USC.

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 points (28), third in goals (11) and tied for fourth in assists (six). Makoski also is tied for fourth in assists (six), fifth in points (22) and tied for sixth in goals (eight) while Brittany Cooper is tied for eighth in goals (seven), tied for ninth in assists (four) and 10th in points (18). Also ranking among the Top 10 offensively is Alissa Oldenkamp, who sits tied for ninth in assists (four).

Entering the season, senior Haley Stein had not scored a goal in her career. Then, against UNLV, she tallied the lone goal in a 2-1 setback. On the road in Washington, Stein doubled her career output as she scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner against Washington State on Oct. 14. With the score tied at one, Stein scored to break the tie, only to see WSU tie the match at two a few minutes later. With under 10 minutes remaining, Stein once again broke the tie and sent ASU on to a 4-2 victory.

On the strength of a two-goal, one-assist performance in Washington (Oct. 14-16), Elizabeth Bogus joined an elite ASU list as she became just the second Sun Devil to record 80+ points and 30+ goals. Her career totals are now 80 points on 31 goals and 18 assists.

Brittany Cooper scored once against Washington State and twice against Washington (Oct. 14-16) to raise her season total to seven goals and bring her career collection to 29. She is one goal away from joining Elizabeth Bogus (31) and Stacey Tullock (49) as the only Sun Devils to record 30+ goals in a career.

Manya Makoski moved to within two assists of the school record (Oct. 14-16) as she helped on three of the team's seven goals scored at the Washington schools. Overall, Stacey Tullock leads the way with 24 career helpers while Makoski has collected 22. Brittany Cooper, who assisted on both of Makoski's goals against Arizona (Oct. 31), moved into sixth on the all-time charts with 16.

So far this season, four freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started all 18 matches for ASU. Emily Coehlo and Brooke Simons also earned starts this year with Christine Nieva cracking the starting lineup (Oct. 24) against No. 10 California. So far this season, six of the team's seven rookies have seen playing time. Alex Dunsdon has seen action in four matches and Kayla Anderson each made their first appearances in the recent weeks, including Anderson making her debut in ASU's 3-0 defeat of Oregon.

Oct. 31-Nov. 4 - Big wins highlight this week in Sun Devil soccer history, including a pair over this weekend's opponents, USC and UCLA. On Oct. 31, 1997, ASU upset No. 19 USC, 3-2, in Los Angeles for its first defeat of a ranked foe. Then, on Nov. 3, 2000, the Sun Devils scored their biggest upset with a 1-0 defeat of No. 5 UCLA in Tempe. One year later, history was made once again as the Sun Devils first upset No. 2 Stanford, 1-0, in overtime on Nov. 2, 2001, before playing to a 1-1 draw with No. 23 California on Nov. 4, 2001.

The Trojans are 10-5-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the Pac-10 this season with a 5-1-0 record in home matches. USC also is 2-0-0 in conference matches played at home.

USC leads the all-time series, 2-7-0, after Arizona State snapped a six-match losing streak to the Trojans last year with its 1-0 victory in Tempe. In the last meeting in Los Angeles, USC won, 3-1, and sent ASU to a 1-3-0 record when playing at USC. The lone victory for ASU in Southern California was on Oct. 31, 1997, when the Sun Devils upset the No. 19 Trojans, 3-2.

The Bruins are 15-1-2 overall this season and ranked No. 4 in the latest national polls with a 5-0-2 record in the league. Drake Stadium has been a tough place for opponents this year as UCLA is 5-1-1 in all home matches and 2-0-1 against Pac-10 teams during the 2005 slate.

The Bruins hold a 7-1-0 advantage in the series and have won four in a row, including a 1-0 decision last season and a 4-1 defeat of the Sun Devils on Oct. 24, 2003, in Los Angeles. The lone Arizona State victory was a huge win as the Sun Devils upset the No. 5 Bruins, 1-0, at home on Nov. 4, 2000.

The 2005 season of ASU 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 CS 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.

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.

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.

The Sun Devils traveled to Tucson for its annual meeting with the Arizona Wildcats and returned home with its undefeated record in the series in tact, winning 2-1 Saturday night. The win was the first of the year for ASU against a ranked foe and pushed the Sun Devils to 10-0-1 all-time against their intrastate rival. Manya Makoski scored both goals, including her ninth-career game-winner, with Brittany Cooper assisting on both scores to lead the team to victory. Kim Bingham was strong in the net as she recorded nine saves in the match.

Arizona State will await the announcement of the field of 64 from the NCAA to see if it has earned a berth into the 2005 national tournament. The selections will be announced between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST Monday.

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