Soccer Set to Face Northern Arizona in Scrimmage Thursday Night

Aug. 16, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 2006 season of Arizona State University soccer kicks off unofficially Thursday night in Flagstaff, Ariz., as the Sun Devils are set to face intrastate foe Northern Arizona in a 7 p.m. exhibition match at Lumberjack Stadium. The match will be the Sun Devils lone exhibition of the season before they open their 11th varsity campaign next Friday (Aug. 25) at 7 p.m. in Irvine, Calif., against the UC Irvine Anteaters.

Following the season-opener at UCI, the Sun Devils will return home for a trio of matches, including its home opener on Monday, Aug. 28, against Loyola (Md.) for Monday Night Futbol at 7 p.m. inside the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. Then, on Friday, Sept. 1, ASU will play host to the Heather Farr Kicks Against Breast Cancer Invitational with St. Louis facing Loyola at 4:30 p.m. before the Sun Devils meet No. 4 Florida State at 7 p.m. The action concludes Sunday, Sept. 3, with FSU and Loyola meeting at 10:30 a.m. and ASU and SLU closing out the weekend at 1 p.m.

While the Sun Devils are taking on the Lumberjacks Thursday night, one of their teammates, Christine Nieva, will not be with the team as she is in Moscow, Russia, preparing to compete in the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Championships with the Mexican National Team. Nieva, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico, and her Mexican teammates open Group C play Friday against Switzerland before meeting Germany on Monday (Aug. 21). The final group match pits Mexico against Korea on Thursday (Aug. 24). From there, points in group play will determine which two teams move on to the knock-out stage of the Championships.

Nancy Augustyniak Goffi, who was hired as an assistant coach during the off season, has recently been taking part in the U.S. Women's National Team Residency Training Camp in Carson, Calif., as the American side continues its preparations toward stateside matches with China (Aug. 27) and Mexico (Sept. 13). This is the second 'block' of residency camp Augustyniak Goffi has been invited to attend where the team participates in drills and scrimmages while head coach Greg Ryan evaluates the players to determine which women will comprise his WNT roster for the remaining matches scheduled.

Augustyniak Goffi is the second player with Sun Devil ties attending the residency camp as former ASU All-American Amy LePeilbet also is on hand in Carson. LePeilbet has played in 11 of the American's 12 matches played in 2006, starting seven of the matches, to bring her career cap total to 21. An up-and-coming defender, LePeilbet has been a mainstay on the U.S. roster over the past two years with the Americans posting an amazing 17-0-4 record while allowing just five goals (all five have come in 2006).

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