Soccer Heads to San Diego for Lone Match of Weekend
Sept. 19, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University soccer team hits the road for its final non-conference road match of the 2006 season as the Sun Devils are set to face San Diego (6-2-0) Sunday at noon in San Diego, Calif. The Sun Devils (4-2-2) have been solid away from Tempe so far this season as the team stands 3-0-1 in its four matches away from the friendly confines of Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, including a 1-0-1 mark as the visitors.
Over the next two weekends, the Sun Devils will play in three total matches with two counting toward their 2006 slate. Following this weekend's match at San Diego, the Sun Devils will return home next weekend to face UNLV on Friday night in its final non-conference match of the year before facing the Mexican Women's National Team on Sunday at 6 p.m. in Tempe. The following weekend will see the Sun Devils remain home as they open Pac-10 play against Oregon State and Oregon.
All home Arizona State matches will have live statistical updates available on the official web site home of the Sun Devils, thesundevils.com. Fans can go to the soccer team page, click on the schedule link and then click on the Gametracker link for the match they wish to view. Fans also can visit www.TheBlaze1260.com, ASU's student radio station, to listen to highlights and other archived clips of Sun Devil soccer home matches.
The Sun Devil soccer program has announced it will meet the Mexican Women's National Team in a friendly match inside Sun Devil Soccer Stadium starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1. The exhibition will pit the Sun Devils against the No. 26 team in the world according to the May 2006 FIFA World Rankings. Tickets for the event will go on sale Sunday at ASU's next home match. For more information on the match, click the following links: English version | Spanish version | Event Flier (pdf)
Over the weekend, the Sun Devils posted a 0-1-1 mark after tying UC Santa Barbara on the road, 2-2, and dropping a tough 1-0 decision to visiting Pepperdine on Sunday. In the first match, Brittney Doty scored her team-leading fourth goal of the year to give the Sun Devils an early lead, but the host Gauchos answered back with two scores before halftime to take a 2-1 lead. In the second half, Alissa Oldenkamp scored her first career goal to even the match at two and that is how it would end after two overtime periods. In the second match, the Waves scored in the 17th minute of play while holding the Sun Devils scoreless to snap ASU's four-match unbeaten streak.
THAT'S A FIRST
During the UC Santa Barbara match, a pair of Sun Devils combined to add their names to the scoring summary for the first times in their respective careers. Trailing 2-1, Alissa Oldenkamp recorded the first goal of her collegiate career while Christine Nieva picked up the assist for her first career point.
LOOKING FOR TWO MORE
Currently, the Sun Devils are 4-2-2 overall on the year with their 62.5 winning percentage ranking as the fifth-best in the 11 seasons of non-conference action at Arizona State. If the Sun Devils can record wins in their final two non-conference matches, they will move into fourth on the all-time list at ASU (70 percent) while giving the program its fourth-best win total prior to Pac-10 play. Six victories also would equal the second-most under Ray Leone for the program in his six seasons with only the 7 victory start in 2002 topping the six victories recorded in 2001 and 2003.
IN THE RANKINGS
Arizona State once again received votes in the Soccer Buzz West Region rankings and remained not ranked in other polls. The Sun Devils' opponent this weekend, San Diego, appears in two regional polls, sitting 10th in the NSCAA West Region and 13th in the Soccer Buzz West Region rankings.
Twice this season, the Sun Devil defense has put together long scoreless streaks with the latest ending over the weekend in Santa Barbara, Calif. After opening the year with a streak of 272 minutes and 14 seconds, the Sun Devils held St. Louis without a goal for the final 25:03 of match before shutting out both Denver and UCF in Las Vegas. Adding in the 22:04 of scoreless play at UC Santa Barbara, the Sun Devils latest streak totaled 286 minutes and 51 seconds.
DEFENSE = WINS
In the four matches the Sun Devils have won in 2006, all four opponents were shut out. Looking at ASU's two losses this season, both have come by 1-0 scores at home.
MORE ON THE DEFENSE
With four shut outs so far this season, the 2006 defense has recorded the eighth-most blankings in a season in program history. The 2000 squad set the bar high with 10 shut outs while 2003 (8), 2002 (7) and 2001 (6) round out the Top 4. Overall, teams coached by Ray Leone and his staff have accumulated 34 of the program's 58 shutouts, averaging 5.5 shut outs per season in his tenure with the Sun Devils.
Last year, the Sun Devils posted four shut outs, but did not record their first blanking until the ninth match of the season, a 1-0 overtime victory at home over UC Santa Barbara. This year, ASU has already posted four and allowed just two goals in its four matches. The small amount of goals allowed to open the season ranks as the second-best in program history, just behind the 2001 team that allowed just one goal in its first four matches.
BY THE NUMBERS
According to the latest Pac-10 statistics, the Sun Devil defense, despite allowing three goals over the weekend, still remains in the upper half of the rankings, sitting fourth in the three major categories. Arizona State ranks tied for fourth in goals allowed with five on the year (tied with Stanford and Arizona) while holding fourth alone in both goals against average (0.59 per match) and total saves recorded (35).
PLAYING IT OUT
Entering this weekend, seven of the 10 Pac-10 teams have played eight matches (Arizona State is among that group) with the remaining three having played just seven. So far in 2006, the Sun Devils have played the most minutes of any league team (762:14) and still remain among the leaders in several offensive and defensive categories.
BINGHAM NEAR TOP
GK Kim Bingham and her defensive teammates have been impressive so far in 2006 as the senior continues to rank among the top half of the Pac-10 in several categories. Her four shut outs in 2006 rank as tied for second-most in the Pac-10 while 0.59 goals against average and .872 save percentage rank as the fourth-best. Her 34 saves recorded stand as the third-most in the conference while her 4.25 saves per contest ranks her fifth overall.
ON THE OFFENSIVE
In the Pac-10 statistics, several individuals on the offensive side of play have put their names on the lists this week. Brittney Doty is currently tied for second in goals scored with four and tied for third with two game-winning goals recorded. The true freshman also is tied for sixth in overall points with eight. Also finding her name on the lists this week is Courtney Crane, whose seven points (three goals, one assist) ranks tied for ninth while her three goals scored is tied for the sixth-most in the league. Kylla Sjoman is tied for third in the conference with three assists recorded this season.
ON THE OFFENSIVE - PART II
As a team, the Sun Devils have recorded the sixth-most goals scored with 11, rank tied for fourth with 12 total assists and stand fifth with 34 points scored. The team also ranks eighth in the league with 87 shots attempted.
BRI-NG HOME THE WIN
Through eight matches this season, Brittney Doty has scored four total goals, including a two-goal performance earlier in the season. In the first two of her three matches she has scored, one of her goals has gone down as the game-winning strike. Not only is she tied for the second-most winners in the league this season, she also ranks tied for eighth on single-season list and ninth on the career ledger. The single-season record is seven game winners.
Courtney Crane has found a scoring touch this season, netting three goals in 2006 to bring her career total to nine goals, the 10th-most in program history. After scoring in the first two matches of the season, Crane found the back of the net again, this time against UCF, as Kylla Sjoman played a free kick to Crane's feet before she turned and scored. Crane recently added an assist, ranking her tied for ninth in the Pac-10 with seven total points this season.
Individually, the Sun Devils have seen eight different players record assists this year. Included in the list is Kylla Sjoman, the team leader with three, Alissa Oldenkamp and Dante Perea, the only other Sun Devils with multiple helpers in 2006, and GK Kim Bingham, who assisted in the first match of the year to record her first career point. Christine Nieva and Courtney Crane recently added their names to the list during the road match at UC Santa Barbara that ended in a 2-2 tie.
IN THE PAC
After posting a 0-1-1 record on the weekend, the Sun Devils slipped to eighth in the Pac-10 standings, although the official standings are two weeks away when conference play starts. Based on winning percentage, the Sun Devils are eighth with a 62.5 percentage while UCLA (6-1-0) leads the league at 85.7. Stanford also shares the same winning percentage as the Sun Devils, but are ahead of the Sun Devils in the standings based upon their winning one more match this year.
Through last weekend, the Pac-10 Conference has posted solid results as all 10 of its teams are either at .500 or above, including eight teams with a .625 winning percentage or better.
LOOKING AT: SAN DIEGO
The Toreros enter the weekend (at USC, hosting Arizona State) with a 6-2-0 record and are coming off a tough home loss to UC Irvine, 2-1, on Sunday. San Diego has played one other common opponent with ASU, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 2-0, earlier in the season. Leigh Ann Robinson leads the Toreros in scoring with 11 points on four goals and three assists this year.
As always, the Sun Devils will once again play a solid schedule of opponents, including two of the Final Four teams from one year ago in Florida State and UCLA. Arizona State also has matches slated against five foes ranked in the preseason NSCAA Top 25, including No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 FSU, No. 10 California, No. 17 Arizona and No. 20 Pepperdine. Of those five foes, only the match with Cal is on the road in 2006 while the rest will visit Tempe.
NIEVA GOES INTERNATIONAL
Christine Nieva, a sophomore on the ASU squad, recently gained international experience with the Mexican U-20 team as she and her teammates traveled to Moscow, Russia, taking part in the 2006 FIFA Women's U-20 World Championships. Nieva, who holds dual citizenship with Mexico and the United States, played in three matches and started all three. In the first match, the Mexicans scored a 4-2 defeat of Switzerland before dropping a tough decision to Germany, the defending champions before being knocked out of the event by eventual World Champion Korea. Nieva and her teammates' victory over Switzerland marked the first time in Mexican history that a women's team had won a match in World Cup play.
RED, WHITE & BLUE
Former Sun Devil Amy LePeilbet and current assistant coach Nancy Augustyniak Goffi have been training with the U.S. Women's National Team in the recent months with LePeilbet also earning playing time during several international matches throughout 2006. LePeilbet has competed in 10 matches so far this season and brought her career cap total to 20. Augustyniak Goffi recently returned from the WNT residency camp with LePeilbet at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as the team prepares for two more international matches on home soil in the coming month.
In recent years, the members of the Arizona State University soccer program have been the walking definition of a 'student-athlete' as the Sun Devils have held the top team grade-point average (GPA) of any varsity team on campus, signified by earning the Sparky Award since its inception three years ago. During the 2004 season, 20 of the team's 21 players recorded a 3.00 GPA or better while the 2005 edition saw 21 of the 25 rostered student-athletes attain the same standard.
Also in 2005, the Sun Devil soccer program enjoyed success academically among the Pac-10 Conference as well as the nation. In the league, the Sun Devils saw a school-record 11 student-athletes attain Academic All-Pac-10 accolades, including a program-best four first-team honorees. Among the 10-team league, the Sun Devils had the most first-team honorees (four) and placed the third-most student-athletes on the overall list with 11 total. On the regional level, ASU also placed five of its players on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District VIII lists, including Elizabeth Bogus and Manya Makoski on the first team.
NEXT ON THE PITCH
Following their road trip to San Diego this weekend, the Sun Devils will return home for a pair of matches next weekend as they play host to UNLV Friday at 6 p.m. before hosting the Mexican Women's National Team on Sunday at 6 p.m.
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