Sun Devil Soccer Well Represented on International Scene
Feb. 5, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - During the month of January, several members of the Arizona State University soccer program, both former and current, took part in camps and international competition for various national teams, including the United States and Mexico.
Current Sun Devil Christine Nieva, who holds dual citizenship with both the USA and Mexico, competed for the Mexican U-20 squad at the 2006 CONCACAF Qualification tournament in Mexico to help the squad earn the final of three berths into the 2006 FIFA U-20 World Championships set for August 16 through September 2 in Moscow. During the event, Nieva played every minute of all five matches as the Mexicans went 3-2. In pool play, Mexico defeated Panama, 10-0, and Trinidad & Tabago, 2-0, before falling to Canada, 3-2.
In the semifinals, Mexico drew the United States and fell, 3-0. Needing to win the third-place match to advance to the world championships, Mexico defeated Jamaica, 4-1. In the tournament, Nieva scored two goals, both in the first game of the event, and finished tied for 11th overall.
Back in the States, Amy LePeilbet, who starred for the Sun Devils from 2000-03, competed for the full Women's National Team at the 2006 Four Nations Cup held January 23-27 in Guangzhou, China. LePeilbet played every minute of the three matches and helped the America side capture the Cup with a 2-0-1 mark.
The US defense continued its stellar streak of dominance dating back to the start of the 2005 season by not allowing a goal scored in play in all three matches. In the first game, the Americans defeated Norway, 3-1, with the lone goal coming on a penalty kick. From there, the US tied France, 0-0, before knocking off the hosts, 2-0.
LePeilbet now returns to the national training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Feb. 9-16 with the players selected from the camp heading to Portugal for the 2006 Algarve Cup. The Americans will compete in Group B and will face China on March 9, Denmark on March 11 and France on March 13 with all placing matches being held March 15.
At the U-21 level, a trio of Sun Devils that recently played their senior seasons with ASU participated in a training camp at the Home Depot Center with all three looking for a spot on the team that will compete in England later this month. Elizabeth Bogus and Manya Makoski each made the final roster following the camp while Brittany Cooper, who was hampered by an injury, was not selected to join the team.