Soccer Closes Regular Season at Washington Schools
Oct. 31, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The final regular season matches of 2006 await the Arizona State University soccer team this weekend as the Sun Devils hit the road to face the Washington schools. The weekend opens with Arizona State (7-8-2, 2-5-0 Pac-10) facing Washington State (8-6-4, 3-2-2 Pac-10) at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon in Pullman before closing out the trip with a noon match on Sunday in Seattle with Washington (6-12-0, 1-6-0 Pac-10).
Live stats will be available for the Arizona State at Washington match on Sunday and fans can access the statistics by visiting Arizona State soccer's schedule page at thesundevils.com.
The Sun Devils played just one match last weekend as they played host to Arizona in the annual rivalry match on Saturday inside Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. Arizona State scored two goals in each half of the match to record a 4-0 defeat of the Wildcats and improve to 11-0-1 all-time in the series. The first half saw goals scored by Carly Kallas and Lara Kezer before Alissa Oldenkamp found the back of the net twice in the second stanza. Playing in her final home contest, GK Kim Bingham recorded five saves to post her seventh shut out of the season, the second-most in school history in one year.
BIG SCORE - PART I
With their 4-0 defeat of Arizona Saturday night, the Sun Devils recorded their highest goal output of the season, topping the previous best of three goals (3-0 win at UC Irvine to open the season) scored in one match. The final two goals of the match tripled the career output of Alissa Oldenkamp as the junior midfielder enter the match with one goal to her credit before hitting the back of the net on two occasions in the second half.
BIG SCORE - PART II
Alissa Oldenkamp's five point match against Arizona (two goals, one assist) not only helped the Sun Devils defeat their foe at home Saturday, it also tied for the second-best single-match showing in the Pac-10 this season. The top mark is six points in one match.
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: WASHINGTON STATE
The Cougars enter the weekend in fourth place in the Pac-10 Conference with 11 points with a 3-2-2 record in the league and an 8-6-4 mark overall. Washington State has played tough at Lower Soccer Field this year, holding a 6-2-1 home record with a 2-1-0 record in home matches against Pac-10 foes. Carly Dobratz leads the Cougars with 11 points on three goals and five assists, both the best among the team. Brynn Bemis and Amber Wittmers have split time in goal with Bemis posting six of the team's nine shut outs.
IN THE SERIES WITH THE COUGARS
The Sun Devils hold an 8-3-0 advantage in the series after winning the last three matches, including a 4-2 decision in Pullman last season. The Sun Devils also hold a perfect 5-0-0 record in matches played at Washington State, having outscored their hosts, 15-6.
LOOKING AT: WASHINGTON
The Huskies enter the weekend with a 6-12-0 overall record and stand 1-6-0 in the Pac-10, ranking them tied for ninth place with Oregon State. The Huskies are 0-2-0 on the season in Seattle against Pac-10 foes and 2-4-0 overall at home. Melissa Beal leads the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists (both team highs) while Kelsey Rasmussen leads the defense with four shut outs in goal.
IN THE SERIES WITH THE HUSKIES
Although Washington leads the all-time series, 5-3-1, Arizona State is unbeaten in the last four meetings, including a 3-0 victory in Seattle last year. Prior to that, the two teams tied, 3-3, in Tempe during the 2004 season after the Sun Devils took the road meeting in 2003, 1-0, and 2-1 decision at home in 2002. Overall, ASU is 2-3-0 in Seattle all-time against UW.
IN THE PAC
Heading into the final weekend of play, the Sun Devils sit in seventh place with six points while UCLA leads the way with 21 points. Stanford (19) and Oregon (14) trail the Bruins with Washington State (11) sitting fourth. Arizona State's other opponent this weekend, Washington, has three points and is tied for ninth place overall.
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 7-8-2 record with all seven 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 seven opponents scoreless, three more than the team compiled last season. The shut out total of 2006 is tied for the third-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 5. Overall, teams coached by Ray Leone and his staff have accumulated 37 of the program's 61 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 7.0 this year. Bingham is now just two shut outs from tying Erin Reinke's single-season record of 9.0 (2001). In the Pac-10 rankings this week, Bingham is second overall in saves (80) while ranking third in shut outs (7) and saves per game (4.71). Her .842 save percentage is the fifth-best in the Pac-10 while her 0.86 goals against average is eighth in the conference.
BY THE NUMBERS
According to the latest Pac-10 statistics, Arizona State's 4-0 defeat of Arizona helped the Sun Devils move up the offensive rankings as the team is now fifth in total points (64) and assists (22) while ranking sixth in goals scored (21). Defensively, ASU is ranked second in saves (83) while sitting sixth in fewest goals allowed (15). The team's 0.86 goals against average and seven total shutouts rank as the seventh-best in the Pac-10.
ON THE OFFENSIVE
Individually in the Pac-10, Courtney Crane continues to rank in the Top 10 in two categories as she is tied for eighth overall in total goals with five while ranking ninth in points with 13. A pair of Sun Devils also find themselves on the assists list as both Dante Perea and Kylla Sjoman are tied for ninth place with four helpers on the season.
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 17 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 11 different players record assists this year. Included in the list are team-leaders Kylla Sjoman and Dante Perea, each with four, while Courtney Crane and Alissa Oldenkamp have registered three each and Michelle Deatherage has added two. Six different Sun Devils have added one assist each this year with Kyleyn Felts recording her first helper of the season during the Arizona match.
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 October 24 for the 2006 Peace Queen Cup that will run Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. LePeilbet 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. The American side scored a 1-1 draw in the opener before taking down Australia, 2-0.
NEXT ON THE PITCH
The 2006 season has concluded. The NCAA will announce its selections into the NCAA tournament next week.
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