ASU Women's Soccer Defeats Creighton 4-0
Sept. 30, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State women's soccer team secured its second straight victory, shutting out the Creighton Bluejays 4-0 on Sunday at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Sun Devils moved to 6-4, while the Bluejays fell to 5-5.
ASU took an early lead during the seventh minute of action, as sophomore Carly Kallas chipped the ball past the Creighton defense and found freshman Karin Volpe, who scored the first of her two goals on the afternoon. The assist was the first of Kallas' career as a Sun Devil.
'It was good for (Karin to score). She was really frustrated Friday,' said ASU head coach Kevin Boyd. 'The conversation before the game was `hey, you need to try and find chances for yourself,' because she has a terrific shot. Today she was much calmer. She worked hard, but she did it in a calmer fashion. She was focused on trying to get chances.'
ASU's second goal of the half came off a direct kick taken by junior Kylla Sjoman, whose shot found the back of the net to give the Sun Devils a 2-0 advantage going into halftime. The goal was the first of Sjoman's Sun Devil career.
The Sun Devils continued their scoring in the second half when freshman Alexandra Elston dropped the ball back to senior Alissa Oldenkamp for a direct shot at the goal. The goal was the second for Oldenkamp this season and the assist was the first of Elston's career.
Not wasting any time, Oldenkamp crossed the ball and found Volpe who redirected it for the score. The goal came just over a minute after Oldenkamp's to complete the scoring for ASU. It was Volpe's first career two-goal game, and she now leads the team with four goals this season.
Overall, the Sun Devils dominated the Bluejays on offense as they fired off 23 shots in the match.
'I think it is the same as we talked about Friday, we had a little more focus on the front line,' said Boyd about ASU's recent offensive production. 'We had to challenge our forwards to step up and help us a little bit and the whole team needed to find ways to be more dangerous (on the offensive end) and that is where our struggles were before.'
In the last two games, ASU has scored seven goals, its most in back-to-back games since the 2005 season.
Sophmore goalkeeper Briana Silvestri had three saves in the fifth shutout of the season for the Sun Devils.
ASU will be back in action next Sunday (4:30 p.m.) when it takes on San Diego at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe.