Arizona State Women's Soccer Preview







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TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 9-7-4

2009 Pac-10 Record: 2-6-1



Starters Returning/Lost: 6/5

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 15/9

Newcomers: 9



Head Coach: Kevin Boyd

Alma Mater: Tri State University, 1990

Record at Arizona State: 27-24-9 (3 seasons)

Assistant Coaches: Blair Quinn, Paige Carmichael

 

PREVIEW

The Sun Devils will look to build upon the success of their 2009 season, where they earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2003, finishing the season with an overall record of 9-7-4. The squad returns six starters, including leading scorer, senior midfielder Alexandra Elston. Elston will be the offensive spark for the ASU offense, along with senior forward Karin Volpe, who netted five goals in 2009. Redshirt sophomore forward/midfielder Courtney Tinnin was also an impact player for the team last season, scoring four goals and adding a team-high tying six assists. Senior midfielder/forward Jill Shoquist will provide great senior leadership as she appeared in all 20 games last season. The defensive side of the ball lost Pac-10 All-Conference First Teamer Liz Harkin, but sophomore defender Sierra Joseph and junior defender Kari Shane come in with experience on the back line. Sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Gilmore split time last season with the since graduated Briana Silvestri, but may see a lot of the action in goal this season.


KEY MATCHUPS

Sept. 17 - Ohio State vs. Arizona State, Wildcat Classic, Tucson, Ariz., 5:00 p.m.

Oct. 15 - Arizona at Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PT



Ohio State will be a difficult non-conference game for the Sun Devils and will really give the squad an indicator of how they are looking heading into Pac-10 play, which begins two weeks after this game.



Arizona State will be looking to get back to winning ways against in-state rival Arizona, after the Wildcats have earned wins the last two years. In 2008, Arizona's double overtime win was the first time the Wildcats defeated the Sun Devils since the two began playing each other in women's soccer.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#13, Alexandra Elston

Sr., MF, Phoenix, Ariz.



Elston turned in an outstanding junior campaign in 2009, helping lead the Sun Devils back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, and is looking to build on that success in 2010. The Phoenix, Ariz., native earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention and NSCAA All-Region (third team) honors last year when she started all 20 games and let the team in points (20), goals (7) and was tied for the team lead in assists (6). Elston will help anchor the midfield and her durability is a great upside, as she has started all 60 of ASU's contests in her career. She enters the 2010 season tied for sixth on the ASU all-time list for career game-winning goals with six.

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