Soccer Plays Host to Los Angeles Schools This Weekend

Oct. 17, 2006

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Coming off its first conference victory of the year, the Arizona State University soccer team will play host to the Los Angeles schools this weekend as the Sun Devils are set to play two of their final three home matches of the 2006 campaign. The Sun Devils (6-6-2, 1-3-0 Pac-10) will first play host to No. 21 USC (7-3-3, 0-1-2 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. Friday night before closing the weekend with No. 3 UCLA (12-2-0, 3-0-0 Pac-10) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

All home Arizona State matches will have live statistical updates available on the official web site home of the Sun Devils, 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, ASU's student radio station, to listen to highlights and other archived clips of Sun Devil soccer home matches.

The Sun Devils traveled to the Bay Area over the weekend and opened with a tough 3-2 loss to No. 25 Stanford Friday night in Palo Alto, Calif. After falling behind, 1-0, in the first half, the Sun Devils found the back of the net as Michelle Deatherage served a ball into the box that Carly Kallas hit home on a diving header to tie the match at one. Several minutes later, Arizona State took the lead as Dante Perea hit her second goal of the year with Courtney Crane and Lauren Niblett contributing assists on the play. The Sun Devils could not hold on as the Cardinal scored twice in the second half for the 3-2 win. Needing a victory to avoid an 0-4-0 start in league play, the Sun Devils once again played a strong match and this time were rewarded as Linsdey Johns was earned a penalty kick just before the half ended that Kyleyn Felts hit into the back of the net for what would be the winning goal.

Arizona State's 1-0 upset of No. 12 California Sunday afternoon in Berkeley marked the first victory the Sun Devils have recorded in four tries this season, posting a 1-2-1 record in those contests. The Sun Devils tied No. 27 St. Louis (1-1) two days removed from falling in overtime to No. 1 Florida State (1-0). The win over the Golden Bears was the first for the Sun Devils against a ranked foe since defeating No. 16 Arizona, 1-0, at home in 2004. The last time ASU knocked off a ranked foe on the road also game in Berkeley as the Sun Devils scored a 1-0 defeat of then-No. 14 Cal during the 2004 season. The last time the Sun Devils defeated a higher ranked foe came during the 2001 season when ASU scored a 1-0 overtime defeat of then-No. 2 Stanford in Tempe.

Kyleyn Felts' penalty kick goal at No. 12 California Sunday marked two firsts in her career as she recorded the first goal and the first points in her nearly three years of play for the Sun Devils. Her penalty kick goal also marked the first PK attempt of the year for Arizona State and the first for the program since Brittany Cooper scored on the only attempt of the 2005 season in a 3-1 defeat of Syracuse.

Arizona State has come out on the losing end of six matches this season, all of which have come by one goal margins. Four of those losses saw the Sun Devils fall, 1-0, with the other two coming by scores of 2-1 and 3-2. 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).

Playing in the Pac-10 Conference is no easy task and the Sun Devils know that well as they are in the middle of a four-match stretch of facing teams ranking in the national Top 25. Last weekend, Arizona State faced No. 25 Stanford and No. 12 California while this weekend will see the Sun Devils meet No. 21 USC and No. 3 UCLA. In the nine times ASU and UCLA have met, the Bruins have been ranked in the Top 25, including being ranked in the Top 10 each of the last seven meetings. USC has been ranked in the Top 25 six times when it faces ASU, but this year will mark the first time the Trojans are ranked since the 2003 meeting.

The Trojans enter the weekend in ninth-place in the Pac-10 with two points and an overall record of 7-3-3 (0-1-2 in the Pac-10) following a 2-1 loss at home to No. 3 UCLA over the weekend. USC, which is 0-2-0 on the road this season and entering its first road Pac-10 matches, is led by Rosa Anna Tantillo, who has scored 16 points on a team-leading four goals and eight assists, and keeper Veronica Simonton, who has recorded seven shut outs and allowed just seven goals this season.

USC holds an 8-2-0 advantage over Arizona State in the series and won the last meeting, 1-0 (1OT), in Los Angeles last year. The Sun Devils are 1-4-0 in matches played in Tempe, but won the last home tilt, 1-0, during the 2004 season. The victory in 2004 halted a six-match losing streak to the Trojans in the series.

The Bruins enter the weekend on a six match winning streak and stand 12-2-0 overall with a 3-0-0 record in the Pac-10, good enough for second place, just one point shy of Oregon for the top spot in the conference. Lauren Chaney and Danesha Adams lead the offense for UCLA as Chaney has scored 22 points on 11 goals while Adams has 11 points on five goals and one assist. Defensively, the Bruins are led by Valerie Henderson, who has recorded five shut outs and allowed just six goals.

UCLA holds an 8-1-0 advantage in the series with the Sun Devils and are 3-1-0 in matches in played in Tempe. The Bruins won the last match, 2-1, in Los Angeles last year and have won five in a row in the series. The Sun Devils last victory came during the 2000 season when Arizona State knocked off then-No. 5 UCLA, 1-0, in a two-overtime contest in Tempe.

Oregon (10 points) holds a one-point lead over UCLA (nine points) in the Pac-10 standings this week with the Sun Devils (three points) moving into a tie for seventh with Oregon State. USC is currently ninth in the standings (two points).

For the second week in a row, another Sun Devil has added her name to the list of first-time goal scorers, this time adding Kyleyn Felts. Against California, Lindsey Johns earned a penalty kick for the Sun Devils and Felts converted the attempt, giving her her first collegiate goal. One week earlier and trailing 1-0 to Oregon State, 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. Felts is the fifth different Sun Devil to score her first collegiate goal this season. Joining her on the list are freshmen Brittney Doty, Dante Perea and Carly Kallas and junior Alissa Oldenkamp. Doty has gone on to add three more scores this year while both Perea and Kallas added their second scores against Stanford.

So far this season, the Sun Devils hold a 6-6-2 record with all six victories seeing the defense posting a shut out. Conversely, four of the six 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 286:51.

So far this season, the defense has held six opponents scoreless, two more than the team compiled last season. The shut out total of 2006 is tied for the fourth-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 36 of the program's 60 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 moving into second on the single-season shut out list with 6.0 this year. Bingham is now just three shut outs from tying Erin Reinke's single-season record of 9.0 (2001). In the Pac-10 rankings this week, Bingham is third overall in both saves recorded (58) and shut outs (six) while standing fourth in save percentage (.829) and sixth in goals against average (0.83).

According to the latest Pac-10 statistics, the Sun Devil defense is ranked fourth in total saves (60), sixth in both goals allowed (12) and goals against average (0.83) and is seventh in total shut outs (six). On the offensive side of things, the Sun Devils rank seventh in the three major categories of points (47), goals (16) and assists (15).

Individually in the Pac-10, Courtney Crane continues to rank in the Top 10 in two categories as she is tied with teammate Brittney Doty for eighth in goals scored (four) while also ranking 10th in points with 10. Kylla Sjoman is tied for seventh on the assist ledger with four this year.

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.

Through 14 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 10 different players record assists this year. Included in the list is Kylla Sjoman, the team leader with four, Alissa Oldenkamp, Courtney Crane, Michelle Deatherage 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.

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.

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.

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.

A pair of seniors will serve as the team's captains this season. Both Kim Bingham and Katie Mahoney were selected for the duty this year.

Only one match awaits the Sun Devils next weekend as they play host to Arizona in a 7 p.m. match on October 28 at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The match not only is the final home contest of the year for Arizona State, it also will mark the final home match for Sun Devil seniors Michelle Becker, Kim Bingham, Michelle Deatherage and Katie Mahoney.

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