ASU Soccer Hosts Arizona in 2006 Home Finale Saturday
Oct. 25, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 2006 home season comes to a close this weekend for the Arizona State University soccer team as the Sun Devils are set to play host to their intrastate rival Arizona in a 7 p.m. match Saturday night at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The Sun Devils (6-8-2, 1-5-0 Pac-10) will meet the Wildcats (8-7-2, 1-3-2 Pac-10) on Senior Day and will honor seniors Michelle Becker, Kim Bingham, Michelle Deatherage and Katie Mahoney prior to the match.
The Sun Devils' home finale against Arizona will be broadcast live by ASU's student radio station, 1260 AM The Blaze, with Justin Karp calling the action and Adam Ostrow adding color commentary on the match from Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. For those fans outside the Phoenix listening area can 'tune' their web browser to www.TheBlaze1260.com to listen the match live over the internet.
Along with the radio broadcast this weekend, live statistical updates also will be available on the official web site home of ASU, thesundevils.com. Fans can go to the soccer team page, click on the schedule link and then click on the Gametracker link to view updated statistical accounts of the match as it happens.
Saturday marks the final match for four seniors on the Sun Devil roster, including Michelle Becker, Kim Bingham, Michelle Deatherage and Katie Mahoney and all four will be honored prior to the start of the match. All four made solid contributions to the program, both on and off the pitch, and will be missed in the years to come.
Fans wearing their 2006 ASU Soccer Camp t-shirt to the match Saturday night will be given a discounted admission of $2 at the gates.
Last weekend, the Sun Devils posted a 0-2-0 record as they fell in another pair of close contests, dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 21 USC Friday night before slipping, 2-1, to No. 3 UCLA Sunday afternoon. GK Kim Bingham recorded solid numbers again as she stopped seven shots against the Trojans before halting a season-high 10 shots against the Bruins. Offensively, Courtney Crane scored the lone goal of the weekend after accepting a pass from Dante Perea before hitting it home for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Arizona State has come out on the losing end of eight matches this season, all of which have come by one goal margins. Five of those losses saw the Sun Devils fall, 1-0, with two others coming by 2-1 scored and one 3-2 results. 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.
LOOKING AT: ARIZONA
The Wildcats enter the weekend with an 8-7-2 overall record and stand 1-3-2 in the Pac-10 after posting a 0-1-1 record over the weekend against the Los Angeles schools (L 1-0 to No. 3 UCLA and T 0-0 with No. 21 USC). Offensively, Gianna DeSaverio leads UA with 16 points on six goals and four assists (both team highs) while the defense is anchored by the strong play of GK Chelsea McIntyre, the Pac-10's leader with 97 saves.
IN THE SERIES WITH THE WILDCATS
Arizona State holds a 10-0-1 lead in the all-time series with a 5-0-0 record in matches played in Tempe. The last time the intrastate rivalry was played in Tempe was during the 2004 season with the Sun Devils recording a 1-0 defeat of the No. 16 Wildcats.
FIRST TIME SINCE...
When the Sun Devils and Wildcats meet this weekend, it will mark the first time since the 2002 match that neither team holds a national ranking. Arizona State upset No. 25 Arizona last year before knocking off the No. 16 Wildcats in 2004 in Tempe. In 2003, the Sun Devils held the national ranking, standing No. 24 in the polls.
IN THE PAC
With two weekends of play remaining, UCLA has moved atop the Pac-10 standings with 15 points while both Oregon and Stanford are sitting closely behind with 13 points. Arizona State is currently ranked 10th with three points while Arizona enters the contest this weekend with five points and is tied with California for sixth place.
THAT'S A FIRST
The team's trip to the Bay Area marked the second week in a row another Sun Devil 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 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 6-8-2 record with all six victories seeing the defense posting a shut out. Conversely, five of the eight losses this season have come with the Sun Devils not scoring with the five 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 second in total saves (75) and tied for third in both save percentage (.833) and shut outs (six). Her 0.91 goals against average ranks 10th this week.
BY THE NUMBERS
According to the latest Pac-10 statistics, the Sun Devil defense is ranked second in total save with 78 (three have been recorded by a defender while 75 have been posted by Kim Bingham) while standing seventh in both goals allowed (15) and shut outs (six). The team is eighth in goals against average (0.91).
ON THE OFFENSIVE
Individually in the Pac-10, Courtney Crane continues to rank in the Top 10 in two categories as she ranks tied for eighth in goals scored with five while tying for ninth in total points with 12 on five goals and two assists. The only other Sun Devil in the offensive lists is Kylla Sjoman, who ranks tied for seventh with four assists on the year. As a team, the Sun Devils are sixth in assists with 18 while ranking eighth in both goals scored (17) and points (52).
Courtney Crane has found her scoring touch this season, netting five goals in 2006 to bring her career total to 11, 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. After the game-winner in a 1-0 score against UNLV (her first career winning strike), Crane was the lone goal scorer in the UCLA match, notching her team-leading fifth tally in the 81st minute.
BRI-NG HOME THE WIN
Through 16 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, Dante Perea with three, Alissa Oldenkamp, Courtney Crane and Michelle Deatherage, 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.
HAPPY TO UPSET
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.
Arizona State's friendly with Mexico saw a Sun Devil Soccer Stadium crowd of 2,136 fans in attendance to witness the match. The previous record was set on September 10, 2004, when No. 5 Notre Dame defeated the Sun Devils, 2-1, in front of 1,505 fans.
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.
RED, WHITE & BLUE - PART II
Despite travel difficulties, Amy LePeilbet finally joined the rest of the U.S. WNT in South Korea on Tuesday for the 2006 Peace Queen Cup that will run Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. LePeilebet is one of 20 players on the roster that will open Group B play against Denmark on Sunday in Kimhae before facing Australia on Oct. 31 in Cheonan and the Netherlands on Nov. 2 in Suwon to close out group play. The winners of each group (host Korea, Brazil, Canada and Italy will compete in Group A, playing one day before Group B) will meet for the championship on Nov. 4 in Seoul.
NEXT ON THE PITCH
The 2006 regular season comes to a close next weekend as the Sun Devils head to the Pacific Northwest where they will meet the two Washington schools. The weekend opens with Arizona State meeting Washington State at 2 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) in Pullman before finishing the road swing with a noon contest in Seattle on Sunday with the Huskies.
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