Summer Soccer Notebook: LePeilbet Helps USA Stay Undefeated
July 23, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - With just over one month remaining until the start of the 2006 Arizona State University season, the 11th in the program's history, two players with Sun Devil ties have been competing internationally. Current Sun Devil Christine Nieva, who shared dual citizenship with the United States and Mexico, has been traveling North America with the Under-20 Mexican national team in preparation for the FIFA Women's Under-20 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, next month while former Sun Devil Amy LePeilbet has been traveling the world with the U.S. Women's National Team as the Americans have posted strong showings once again.
LePeilbet Playing Strong: The America side ran its 2006 record to 8-0-3 Sunday afternoon in San Diego, Calif., as the WNT scored a 5-0 decision over Ireland in an International Friendly at Torero Stadium. LePeilbet, not in the starting line up, entered the match in the 76th minute to earn her 20th career cap and her 10th of the season. LePeilbet has played in 10 of the 11 U.S. matches this year and has bolstered a stingy defense that has allowed just five goals all year. A starter for many of the early matches in 2006, LePeilbet helped the Americans to the Four Nations Cup title in Guangzhou, China, in January before helping the team to a second-place finish at the Algrave Cup in Portugal in March.
The WNT will now face its northern neighbor in its next match as the Americans face Canada in one week (July 30) in a 1 p.m. EST match in Cary, N.C. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The U.S. also has matches slated on home soil in the coming months, including an August 27 match with China and a September 13 showdown with Mexico.
Nieva and Mexico Face the World: This past weekend, Nieva and the Mexican U-20 side competed in a pair of friendly matches with Canada's U-20 squad as both continue to prepare for the 2006 FIFA Women's U-20 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, August 17-September 3. In the first match, played Thursday in Kamploops, British Columbia, the two teams played to a 2-2 draw with Nieva not seeing action in the contest. In the finale, played Saturday, Nieva came off the bench in the 62nd minute to help her side to a 3-1 victory.
The Mexican side will play the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL Y-League in its final match in Canada before heading overseas for one final tune-up match as it faces France on Aug. 12. From there, the Mexicans are off to Moscow where they face Switzerland on August 18, Germany on August 21 and then close out Group C play against DPR Korea on August 24. Other nations represented in the tournament include China, Australia, Nigeria, Congo, USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, France, Finland and host Russia.
One Month Away: As of July 24, the start of the ASU season is 33 days away as the Sun Devils are slated to head to Irvine, Calif., to take on UC Irvine at 7 p.m. inside Anteater Stadium. Three days later, the Sun Devils open their home schedule as they host the Greyhounds of Loyola (Md.) College inside Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The match not only will be the first of 10 home matches on the slate, it also will be `Monday Night Futbol'.