ASU Soccer Heads to Bay Area for Two Pac-10 Matches
Oct. 10, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Following two tough home losses to open Pac-10 play, the Arizona State University soccer team hits the road this weekend as the Sun Devils are set to face Stanford and California. The Sun Devils (5-5-2, 0-2-0 Pac-10) open the road trip at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Palo Alto, Calif., against the Cardinal (7-5-1, 0-1-1 Pac-10) before closing the trip at noon Sunday when they face the Golden Bears (7-2-3, 0-1-1 Pac-10) in Berkeley.
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. On the road this weekend, the Sun Devils' matches will each have multi-media coverage with Stanford providing live video on their web site and California providing Gametracker for the match on Sunday.
Arizona State played a pair of Pac-10 matches at home last weekend, falling in both closely contested matches. On Friday, the Sun Devils fell behind early to Oregon State before Carly Kallas recorded the first goal of her collegiate career to send the match into overtime. In the first extra session, the Beavers headed home the winning goal. On Sunday, the Sun Devils played a strong match again, but it was not enough as Oregon escaped with a 1-0 win.
Arizona State has come out on the losing end of five matches this season, all of which have come by one goal margins. Four of those five losses saw the Sun Devils fall, 1-0, with the fifth being a 2-1 decision. In two of those matches, the Sun Devils have suffered the close decisions in overtime, including a 1-0 decision to No. 1 Florida State and a 2-1 defeat to Oregon State (last weekend).
ON THE ROAD
The Sun Devils hold an all-time record of 20-20-3 in matches played against Pac-10 foes on the road, including a 3-2-0 mark last season. Under Head Coach Ray Leone, the Sun Devils are 10-11-2 against the conference in road contests.
Arizona State holds an all-time record of 7-1-2 in its first Pac-10 road match of the year, winning its last two road openers and posting a 3-0-1 record in the last four. The match with Stanford this weekend will mark the second time the Sun Devils have played their first road league tilt in Palo Alto, Calif., the first instance coming in 1998 when ASU downed the No. 9 Cardinal, 2-1. The Sun Devils also played their first Pac-10 road match of the year against another opponent this weekend when they defeated the No. 14 Golden Bears, 1-0, in Berkeley during the 2004 season.
The Sun Devils are 3-1-1 in their first road conference match of the season under Ray Leone and are unbeaten in its last four contests. Last year, Arizona State defeated Washington State, 4-2, in Pullman, Wash., and downed No. 14 California, 1-0, in 2004. The 2003 season saw the Sun Devils earn a 1-1 tie in Tucson with Arizona after scoring a 1-0 defeat of Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., during the 2002 season. The first road Pac-10 match in the Leone era came during the 2001 season when ASU lost, 3-2, at USC.
LOOKING AT: NO. 25 STANFORD
The Cardinal (ranked No. 25 by Soccer Times and No. 29 by Soccer Buzz) enter the weekend with a 7-5-1 overall record and are tied with California for seventh in the Pac-10 standings with one point and a 0-1-1 record. Held scoreless in its last three matches, Stanford is 0-2-1 over that span after posting a 7-1-0 record following an 0-2-0 opening weekend. Shari Summers lead the offense with 12 points on six goals while Alex Gamble holds a 7-5-1 record as the team's primary keeper.
IN THE SERIES WITH THE CARDINAL
Stanford holds a slight advantage in the series, carrying a 4-3-2 overall record and a 3-1-0 mark in matches played in Palo Alto. Last year, the Sun Devils and Cardinal played a scoreless draw in Tempe, the first 0-0 tie in the 10-plus year history of ASU soccer. The last time the two teams met at Stanford, the No. 10 Cardinal scored a 2-1 victory over the visiting Sun Devils.
LOOKING AT: NO. 12 CALIFORNIA
The Golden Bears (No. 12 by Soccer Times, No. 16 by Soccer Buzz, No. 19 Soccer America and No. 22 by NSCAA) enter the weekend with a 7-2-3 overall record and are tied with Stanford for seventh in the Pac-10 with a 0-1-1 record (one point). Cal, which dropped a 4-1 decision at No. 4 UCLA over the weekend and tied USC, opened the season 3-0-0 and 4-0-2 before its first loss of the year, a 1-0 decision at Ohio State. A 3-0-1 team at home, the Golden Bears are led offensively by Katie Ratican's nine points on three goals and three assists. Defensively, Anna Key stands 7-1-2 as the primary keeper and has allowed just seven goals all season while posting seven shutouts.
IN THE SERIES WITH THE GOLDEN BEARS
California holds a 5-3-1 advantage in the series and is 3-1-0 in matches played in Berkeley. Last year, the No. 10 Golden Bears scored a 1-0 defeat of the Sun Devils in Tempe to halt a two-match Arizona State winning streak in the series. The Sun Devils won the last meeting in Berkeley, taking a 1-0 decision over the No. 14 Golden Bears in 2004.
WHEN THEY ARE RANKED
Arizona State has faced Stanford seven times when it is ranked in the Top 25 while the Sun Devils have met California five previous times when the Golden Bears were ranked. With both teams holding a place in several national rankings this week, the Sun Devils will look to improve upon their 2-4-1 record against a ranked Stanford side and its 2-2-1 mark against a ranked California team. The Sun Devils are 1-3-0 against ranked Stanford squads in Palo Alto, with the lone victory coming in a 1998 when ASU downed the No. 9 Cardinal, 2-1. Against California, ASU is 1-1-0 in Berkeley and won the last meeting on the road, a 1-0 defeat of the 14th-ranked Golden Bears.
IN THE PAC
Through one weekend of play in the Pac-10, the Sun Devils are 10th in the standings (zero points) while this week's foes, California and Stanford, are tied for seventh with one point. Oregon and UCLA lead the way with six points after both teams won a pair of matches.
THAT'S A FIRST
Trailing 1-0 to Oregon State Friday night, the Sun Devils got on the board as freshman Carly Kallas tied the match with her first collegiate goal, heading the ball into the net after Kylla Sjoman headed the ball into the box following a crossing attempt on a corner kick. Kallas is the fourth different Sun Devil (and third rookie) to score her first collegiate goal this season. Joining her on the list are classmates Brittney Doty and Dante Perea and junior Alissa Oldenkamp. Doty has gone on to add three more scores.
So far this season, the Sun Devils hold a 5-5-2 record with all five victories seeing the defense posting a shut out. Conversely, four of the five losses this season have come with the Sun Devils not scoring with four losses coming in 1-0 decisions.
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.
So far this season, the defense has held five opponents scoreless, one more than the team compiled last season. The shut out total of 2006 is tied for the fifth-most in a season at Arizona State with the 2000 squad setting 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 35 of the program's 59 shutouts, averaging 5.5 shut outs per season in his tenure with the Sun Devils.
With the help of the defense, GK Kim Bingham continues to climb the statistic ladders at Arizona State, most recently stepping up into a tie for fourth on the single-season shut out lists with 5.0. With one more shut out, Bingham would take second place and move to within three of Erin Reinke's record of nine recorded in the 2001 season.
BINGHAM NEAR TOP
With her fifth shut out of the season (vs. UNLV), GK Kim Bingham has climbed the Pac-10 rankings once again. Her five shut outs rank her tied for third in the league while she stands third in save percentage (.830) and saves (44) while sitting fourth in goals against average (0.72).
BY THE NUMBERS
According to the latest Pac-10 statistics, the Sun Devil defense still remains in the upper half of the rankings, sitting tied for fourth in goals allowed (nine), fifth in goals against average (0.72) and saves (46) and sixth in shutouts (five). Offensively, Arizona State ranks seventh in assists (14) and eighth in both goals scored (13) and points (40).
ON THE OFFENSIVE
In the individual Pac-10 statistics, three Sun Devils find themselves among the Top 10 in the league. Courtney Crane is the lone player to appear in two categories as she stands tied for eighth in goals scored with Brittney Doty (four) and three others while also sitting in a seven-way tie for 10th in points scored with nine. Kylla Sjoman is currently tied for fifth on the assist charts with four.
Courtney Crane has found her scoring touch this season, netting four goals in 2006 to bring her career total to 10, the ninth-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 her fourth goal of the year as she netted the game-winner (the first of her career) in a 1-0 defeat of UNLV.
BRI-NG HOME THE WIN
Through 10 matches this season, Brittney Doty has scored four goals, including a two-goal performance earlier in the year. In two of her first three matches she has scored, one of her goals has gone down as the game-winning strike. Not only is she tied for the fifth-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.
Individually, the Sun Devils have seen nine 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 while Lara Kezer picked up her first assist of the year on Crane's winner against UNLV.
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.
NEXT ON THE PITCH
The Sun Devils return to Tempe for two of their final three home matches of the season as the Los Angeles schools visit Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. ASU and USC will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, October 20, before the Sun Devils face No. 2 UCLA at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 22. One week later, the Sun Devils will play host to their final home match of the season as they welcome Arizona to town for a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday, October 28.