Sun Devil Soocer Hosts No. 19 San Diego Sunday
Oct. 5, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University soccer team hosts No. 19 San Diego Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m. PT at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. It will be the sixth overall meeting between the schools.
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.
The Sun Devils hosted San Diego State Friday and showed their offensive power as they shut out the Aztecs 3-0. Senior Courtney Crane scored two goals in the contest, while fellow senior Lauren Niblett netted the third. The three goals were the most scored on San Diego State this season. ASU rounded out the weekend with a similar performance to Friday night as the offense continued its dominance. The Sun Devils scored four goals while holding the Creighton Bluejays scoreless for the fifth shutout of the season.
Fans who wear their ASU Soccer camp t-shirt will receive $2 admission to Sunday's match with San Diego. Post-game autographs will also be available at the South end of the stadium bleachers following the match.
Halfway through the 2007 season, the Sun Devils have only allowed six goals, which is tied for second among Pac-10 teams. Additionally, ASU has recorded five shutouts on the year. Last season, the Sun Devils posted seven shutouts, second most in school history. The current ASU season record for shutouts in a season is 10.
Sophomore GK Briana Silvestri earned her first career start as a Sun Devil in the season opener versus Idaho State. So far, she has collected 23 saves and recorded three shutouts on the season. The three shutouts ranks her tied for third in the confernece in number of shutouts. Further, her goals against average (.62) is third in the Pac-10 as well.
Freshman Karin Volpe scored two goals this past weeked against Creghton. She currently leads the Sun Devils in goals (4), game-winning goals (2), points (10) and is tied for second in assists (2) with junior Kylla Sjoman.
Scoring by Committe
Eight different Sun Devils have scored so far in the 2007 season. The first weekend of action saw both junior Carla Scanniello and freshman Karin Volpe score their first career goals. On the road trip to SMU and TCU, five others netted goals, including sophomore Carly Kallas who put in two at SMU. This past weekend junior Kylla Sjoman scored the first goal of her Sun Devil career in a 4-0 win over Creighton.
While the Sun Devils remain unranked in the national polls, they are currently ranked No. 15 in the Soccer Buzz West Region.
Crane Climbs Charts
With her two goals against San Diego State on Sept. 28, senior Courtney Crane moves into eighth place on ASU's all-time career goals scored list with 14 goals. She also moved into ninth place in ASU's all-time career points category; she currently has 35.
Making Their Debut
Through the first eight matches of the 2007 season, 23 of the 26 players on the roster have seen action on the pitch. Sophomore goalkeeper Kaite Cochran saw the first action of her Sun Devil career Friday against San Diego State. She played 14 minutes and recorded one save; she also saw action against Creighton adding another save. Additionally, six of the 23 players were true freshmen; Alexandra Elston, Erica Long and Karin Volpe have all recorded their first collegiate starts. Freshmen Akaylah Fisher, Jessie Richardson and Jill Shoquist have also seen time on the pitch this season.
Eight of the 10 teams in the Pac-10 conference currently have winning records. Stanford (9-1-0) is ranked No. 1 nationally by Soccer Buzz; others ranked include No. 4 UCLA (5-1-2), No. 7 USC (8-1-1), No. 17 California (8-2-0) and No. 30 Washington State (6-1-2).
As always, the Sun Devils will once again play a solid schedule of opponents, including a Final Four participant from one year ago in UCLA. Arizona State also has matches slated against six foes ranked in the Soccer Buzz Preseason Top 25, including No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 Texas, No. 14 USC, No. 15 Santa Clara and No. 19 Oregon. Three of the six matches will be on the road, all of which are Pac-10 contests.
Welcoming Coach Boyd
Boyd was named as head coach of the Arizona State University women's soccer program on March 30, 2007. The third head coach in the 11-year history of the Sun Devil program, Boyd brings a successful track record and years of collegiate coaching experience to Tempe following a 10-year stint as the head coach of Pac-10 rival California where he collected a 124-63-20 record and eight appearances in the NCAA tournament.
One Last Time
Five of the 26 Sun Devils on the roster for the 2007 season are entering their senior campaigns, led by forward Courtney Crane. Also on the offense for the Sun Devils are seniors Lara Kezer and Alissa Oldenkamp, both of whom will be competing in their final seasons for ASU. The defense will be led by two seniors, Kyleyn Felts and Lauren Niblett.
Green as Grass
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Sun Devils will have nine true freshmen and 10 sophomores in 2007. Leading the way will be sophomores Liz Harkin and Carly Kallas, as well as, true freshmen Alexandra Elston and Karin Volpe.
Along with the nine incoming freshmen, the Sun Devils welcome new assistant coach Blair Quinn. Quinn, a former professional soccer player, also coached at Kansas and Loyola Marymount prior to joining the ASU staff.
In recent years, the members of the Arizona State University soccer program have been the walking definition of a 'student-athlete' as the Sun Devils have held the top team grade-point average (GPA) of any varsity team on campus. Following the 2006 season, six Sun Devils earned academic honors. Senior Kim Bingham was joined by Kyleyn Felts in earning Pac-10 First Team All-Academic honors. Alissa Oldenkamp was named to the second team, while Lara Kezer, Lauren Niblett and Kylla Sjoman were honorable mention selections. Bingham and Felts were also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII First Team.
Looking At: San Diego
The Sun Devils and Toreros will be meeting for the sixth time in the head-to-head series in 2007. ASU is 1-3-1 against San Diego all-time. The Toreros are currently ranked No. 19 nationally by Soccer America.
Arizona State will face a West Coast Conference opponent for the second time this season. The Sun Devils fell short of the upset of No. 1 Santa Clara on Sept. 21. ASU is 3-13-2 all-time against WCC competition.
The Sun Devils open Pac-10 play as they host the Washington Huskies Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. PT and the Washington State Cougars Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. PT at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.