Sun Devil Soccer Hosts Arizona in Annual Territorial Cup® Series Contest

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The Sun Devil soccer team concludes the regular season portion of its schedule on Friday (2 p.m. MT) when it hosts Arizona in the annual Territorial Cup® Series contest.

In addition to state bragging rights and a point in the Territorial Cup® Series, at stake for the Sun Devils is the opportunity to – for all intents and purposes – clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament with a win or tie against Arizona 

Win, lose or draw on Friday, the Sun Devils (10-5-4, 3-4-3 Pac-12) have already established credentials that would merit an NCAA Tournament bid. ASU’s résumé is punctuated by a 1-1-1 record against the top three teams in the most recent NCAA RPI – No. 1 UCLA (T, 1-1), No. 2 Stanford (L, 0-2) and No. 3 Texas A&M (W, 2-1). ASU has three wins against teams ranked in the Top 40 of the RPI – vs. No. 3 Texas A&M (2-1), vs. No. 28 Oklahoma State (2-0) and at No. 38 USC (2-0). Of equal importance, the Sun Devils have no ‘bad’ losses. Four of their five setbacks are to Top 40 RPI teams with the other against an Illinois team (No. 66), which won nine of its first 11 games, including a win over ASU in Champaign in the third game of the season.

COVERAGE

Friday’s game can be seen live on Pac-12 Networks. Ann Schatz (play by play) and Kyndra de St. Aubin (analysis) will have the call.

SALUTE TO SERVICE

Sun Devil Athletics will join Arizona State University in honoring veterans and active military with an annual series of Salute to Service events. Sun Devil Athletics will host five Salute to Service events from Nov. 7 - 14, 2014. Participating teams are Sun Devil Football, Volleyball, Sun Devil Soccer and Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball. 

NOTES FROM LAST WEEK

• The Sun Devils came away with a split on their final Pac-12 road trip of the season. ASU started its trip with a 2-0 loss at Colorado before coming back with a 2-1 win at Utah on Sunday.

• With the win over Utah, the Sun Devils concluded the regular season with a road record of 5-3-1. Combined with their three neutral site games, the Sun Devils were 7-3-2 away from home this season, tied for the second most wins away from home by a Pac-12 team (entering this week).

• Cali Farquharson scored both of ASU’s goals in Sunday’s win at Utah. It was the fifth multi-goal game of the season for Farquharson and the 10th of her career. With the two goals, Farquharson tied Stacey Tullock for the second-highest number of goals by a Sun Devil in a single season (14). Tullock, who is ASU’s all-time leader in career goals (50), also holds the single-season school record for goals (17 in 1999). Farquharson, who now has 34 career goals, moved two goals closer to tying Patrice Feulner (37 goals from 2000-03) for No. 2 on ASU’s all-time list.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

Arizona (10-6-2, 4-5-1 Pac-12) enters this week in eighth place in the Pac-12. Like the Sun Devils, the Wildcats also defeated Utah (2-1) and fell at Colorado (3-1) on the road last week.

Arizona’s attack is led by Gabi Stoian, who has scored the second-highest number of goals in the Pac-12 this season (13), second only to Farquharson and UCLA’s Sam Mewis, who are tied at the top with 14 goals each.

SERIES NOTES

ASU leads the all-time series with Arizona 15-3-1. Arizona’s 2-0 win in Tucson last season was the first time since 2006 that the final outcome was not decided by a 2-1 score. Seven of the last nine contests between the two teams have been decided by 2-1 scores with ASU winning five of those games.

In 2012, Cali Farquharson scored the game-winner with under two minutes remaining in regulation to give the Sun Devils the 2-1 win in Tempe.

SUN DEVIL STORYLINES

• With ASU’s win at Utah on Sunday, its 10th of the season, the Sun Devils have now recorded double-digit wins nine times in program history, including three times under head coach Kevin Boyd (also won 10 games in 2007 and 10 games in 2010). 

• ASU’s 2-1 loss at Washington on Oct. 10 snapped its nine-game unbeaten streak, which was its longest such streak since 2000. The unbeaten streak included a 1-0 win over then-No. 6 Texas A&M (Sept. 7) and a 1-1 tie vs. current-No. 1 UCLA (Sept. 26). Prior to their tie with UCLA, the Sun Devils had won six straight games, which was their longest winning streak since 2002. ASU’s 8-1-3 record after 12 games tied its second-best record after 12 games in program history. Only the 2000 squad, which started the season 11-1, had a better record after 12 games.

• ASU held UCLA (No. 7 in the NCAA in scoring offense - 2.74 goals per game) and Texas A&M (t-No. 14 - 2.58 goals per game) to a single goal each.

• Eight teams in the Pac-12 concluded non-conference play with one/zero losses. In the most recent NCAA RPI (Nov. 3), 11 Pac-12 teams were among the top 65, including nine in the Top 40 with ASU checking in at No. 40. In relation to the RPI and ASU’s notable outcomes this season, ASU defeated Texas A&M (No. 3 A&M’s first loss this season), Oklahoma State (No. 28) and USC (No. 38), tied UCLA (No. 1), Washington State (No. 18) and Texas (No. 34) and lost at Illinois (No. 69... was No. 28 on Sept. 29), at Washington (No. 15), vs. Cal (No. 22), vs. Stanford (No. 2) and at Colorado (No. 39).

• While ASU’s potent attack has been a key factor in its success this season, its defense has been the story in Pac-12 play as the Sun Devils started the week third in the Pac-12 in saves per game (5.8) and fourth in GAA (0.94). 

• Junior forward Cali Farquharson (1.72) and freshman forward/midfielder Aly Moon (1.11) currently represent the second-best scoring combo (2.83 ppg) in the Pac-12. The duo leads the conference in combined goals (22/Farquharson - 14 and Moon - 8). They have managed to do this despite each of them being forced to miss one game this season due to injury. Both players have tied the single-game school record for goals this season (3) – Moon at Hawaii (Aug. 24) and Farquharson vs. Nevada (Sept. 14 in Tucson), the second hat-trick of her career. Both players were named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week following the respective weekends in which they recorded their hat-trick. Farquharson added her second player of the week award and was named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll after scoring ASU’s only goal in ASU’s 1-1 tie vs. top-ranked UCLA (Sept. 26).

• ASU senior GK Chandler Morris, who was named the Pac-12’s Goalkeeper of the Week on Oct. 20, is currently second on ASU’s career shutouts list with 18.0. The school record is held by Erin Reinke (23). Currently with 6.5 shutouts this season, Morris needs one shutout to pass Kim Bingham (7.0 in 2006) for second place on ASU’s single-season shutouts list.

• ASU has earned six Pac-12 POW awards this season: Cali Farquharson (Offensive - 2x), Aly Moon (Offensive - 1x), Brianna Gonzalez (Defensive - 1x) Mckenzie Grossman (Defensive - 1x) and Chandler Morris (Goalkeeper - 1x).

• Freshman defender Madison Stark has started every game this season. Freshmen Aly Moon (16 starts), Jazmarie Mader (11 starts) and Jessica Raybe (nine starts) have started the majority of games this season.  

• Returning players who have earned the first starting assignments of their career thus far include senior M Brianna Gonzalez, junior M Whitney Kanavel, redshirt sophomore D Alyssa Martinez and junior D Rachel Ometer (start came at forward). Gonzalez has started 18 games and Martinez has started 14. Gonzalez earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors following ASU’s 1-1 tie vs. top-ranked UCLA (Sept. 26).

FEAR THE FARQ

ASU’s most dangerous scoring threat since her freshman season in 2012, junior Cali Farquharson joined Sun Devil Hall of Famer Stacey Tullock as the only other Sun Devil to score double-digits in goals three straight seasons after recording her 10th in ASU’s 1-0 win over Oregon State on Oct. 5. 

Farquharson, who earned Pac-12 All-Freshman honors in 2012 and second-team All-Pac-12 and second-team NSCAA All-Region accolades in 2013, was second in the Pac-12 in goals per game (0.53) and third in points per game (1.16) in 2013. 

A Valley native (Shadow Mountain HS/Phoenix, Ariz), Farquharson led ASU in goals (10) and points (24) in 2012. Her 10 goals tied for the seventh-highest single-season total by a Sun Devil while her 24 points were the 10th-highest single-season total in program history. Farquharson’s three goals against USC in 2012 tied both the school record and the highest single-game total by a Pac-12 player in 2012. Her eight points (three goals, two assists) against USC also set a new single-game school record and were the most by any Pac-12 player in 2012.

Farquharson has remained true to form in 2014 as she currently leads ASU in goals (14 - tied for first in the Pac-12 and No. 20 in the nation) and points (31 - third in Pac-12 and No. 32 in the nation). She was named the Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 15 after she scored five goals in ASU’s wins over New Mexico State (two goals) and Nevada (three goals) at the Cats Classic in Tucson. The three goals vs. Nevada, which came in the span of less than six minutes (5:46), represented the second time she tied the single-game school record for goals. She earned Pac-12 Offensive POW a second time after scoring her ninth goal in ASU’s 1-1 tie vs. No. 1 UCLA (Sept. 26). Farquharson had two goals in both ASU’s 2-0 win at USC (Oct. 17) and its 2-1 win at Utah (Nov. 2), the ninth & 10th multi-goal games of her career.

Currently with 342 career goals, Farquharson is in third place on ASU’s all-time list. She needs three goals to tie Patrice Feulner (37/2000-03) for second place. Farquharson is also fourth on ASU’s all-time points list (77). She needs three points to tie Elizabeth Bogus (80/2002-05) for third place.

Farquharson, who owns the school record for most consecutive games scoring a goal (8 - last three games in 2012 and first five games of 2013), is also fourth on ASU’s all-time list in game-winning goals with 10.

MOON RISE

Freshman Aly Moon earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors on August 26 following her outstanding debut weekend in ASU’s contests at the Outrigger Resort Shootout (Aug. 22 & 24 in Honolulu, Hawaii). Moon tied a single-game school record with three goals and was one point shy (7) of tying the single-game school record for scoring (currently held by junior Cali Farquharson, who had 8 points vs. USC in 2012) in ASU’s 5-2 win at Hawaii on Aug. 24. In addition, Moon also played a big role in ASU rallying from two goals down to tie Texas, 2-2 in the season opener (Aug. 22). Moon would set up the tying goal after she drew a penalty kick with 5:31 remaining in the game. In addition to being recognized by the Pac-12, Moon was also named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s team of the week.

Moon, who is tied for the team lead in assists (4), scored her fourth goal of the season in ASU’s contest at Illinois (Aug. 29). She added her fifth goal (rebounded Cali Farquharson’s shot which was knocked down by GK) in ASU’s 2-0 win vs. Oklahoma State (Sept. 7). She scored goals in each of ASU’s wins over New Mexico State (Sept. 12 and Nevada (Sept. 14) at the Cats Classic.

Moon missed ASU’s contest at CSUN (Sept. 19) for precautionary reasons. She returned to the starting lineup for ASU’s contest vs. top-ranked UCLA (Sept. 26) and added her third assist of the season. She helped the Sun Devils keep their nine-game unbeaten streak alive after scoring her eighth goal in the 87th minute of ASU’s 1-1 tie vs. Oregon (Oct. 5). Despite missing one game and at least half of two others this season, Moon remains tied for seventh in the Pac-12 in both goals (8) and points (20).

BERRYHILL GUIDES SUN DEVIL DEFENSE

A starter in 48 of 55 career contests, junior McKenzie Berryhill is proving to be a rising star on the Sun Devils’ back line. Named second-team All-Pac-12 and third-team NSCAA All-Region last season, Berryhill’s experience will be especially critical this season following the loss of two mainstays for the better part of the last four years, Jasmine Roth and Kaitlyn Pavlovich. Berryhill played every minutes of ASU’s 19 games last season. She was named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for her play in ASU’s games at No. 11 Cal (Oct. 4) and at No. 2 Stanford (Oct. 6) last season. In the latter contest, helped ASU’s 1-0 lead stand up as ASU snapped Stanford’s 73-game unbeaten streak at home and its 44-game conference winning streak. 

Although known for her defense, it was Berryhill’s offense that was the story of ASU season-opening 2-2 tie vs. Texas. With ASU down two goals at the half, Berryhill, who had one career goal to her credit coming into the game, scored two in the second half (one on a header and one on a PK) to help ASU come out with a draw. She assisted on Cali Farquharson’s first goal at Utah (Nov. 2).

Berryhill missed ASU’s contests vs. Oklahoma State (Sept. 5) and Texas A&M (Sept. 7) due to an injury in ASU’s prior game at Loyola Chicago (Aug. 31). She returned for the Cats Classic (Sept. 12 & 14) and has played in every game since. She was inserted back in the starting lineup of ASU’s game vs. top-ranked UCLA (Sept. 26) and played all 110 minutes.

MORRIS PROVIDES SUN DEVILS WITH STEADY PRESENCE IN GOAL

One of the most important contributors in ASU’s success over the last three seasons is senior GK Chandler Morris. Since a quicker-than-anticipated ascension into the starter’s role in 2012, Morris has provided the Sun Devils with steady play and has come up big in some of ASU’s biggest games, most notably the Sun Devils’ 1-0 upset of then-No. 2 Stanford last season which ended the Cardinal’s 73-game unbeaten streak at home and its 44-game conference streak. Earlier this season, Morris had a career-high 11 saves in ASU’s 1-1 tie vs. top-ranked UCLA. On Oct. 12, Morris recorded a shutout in ASU’s 0-0 tie vs. Washington State, giving her 17.0 shutouts for her career (currently has 18.0) and moving her into second place on ASU’s all-time list. Morris was named the Pac-12’s Goalkeeper of the Week on Oct. 20 after posting 10 saves (one short of tying her career high) in ASU’s 2-0 win at USC (Oct. 17).

TOSTI GIVES SUN DEVILS VALUABLE VERSATILITY

Prior to her Sun Devil career, junior Sara Tosti spent most of her career up top in the attacking position. That changed in 2012 when the coaching staff recognized Tosti’s skills would allow her to transition to the back line where she could be most effective given the team’s personnel at the time. She would go on to play all 21 games as a freshman, including starting assignments in 14 games.

 Last season Tosti returned to her natural position up top and proved to be just as effective as she started all but one game. She had a remarkable stretch during the early portion of the Pac-12 season as her critical contributions helped pave the way for ASU’s first three conference wins. She assisted on Devin Marshall’s game-winning goal with 19 seconds left in ASU’s 1-0 win over USC (Sept. 29). One week later (Oct. 6) Tosti was named the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Week after she scored the only goal of the game in ASU’s 1-0 upset of (then) second-ranked Stanford. One week after that, Tosti was responsible for the game-winning goal in ASU’s 1-0 win at Oregon (Oct. 11). 

Tosti has once again returned to the back line this season where her experience is helping to make up for the combination of losing two regular starters from last season in addition to the team’s relative lack of experience in that part of the field. She has played in 18 games (15 starts) on the back line in 2014 (also sees occasional time up top). She was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Team of the Week following ASU’s wins over Oklahoma State (Sept. 5) and Texas A&M (Sept. 7).

CENTER BACKS PROVIDE LIFT IN SEPTEMBER’S SUN DEVIL CLASSIC

Providing a big lift for the Sun Devils in their wins over Oklahoma State and No. 6 Texas A&M were their center backs – sophomore Mckenzie Grossman and junior Sara Tosti.

Both players were honored for their efforts in the two wins as Grossman was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week in addition to the College Sports Madness Pac-12 and National Player of the Week while Tosti was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Team of the Week. 

Grossman started at center back in place in ASU’s top and most experienced defender McKenzie Berryhill, who missed both of ASU’s Sun Devil Classic games due to injury. 

FARQUHARSON, BERRYHILL AND LARA CALLED INTO NATIONAL TEAM CAMPS OVER THE SUMMER

Earlier this year Farquharson and Berryhill were both participants in the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team’s training camp. Also getting national team experience was redshirt sophomore midfielder Lucy Lara, who participated in Mexico’s women’s national team’s training camp. Lara made her Sun Devil debut last season after being sidelined with a knee injury incurred prior to the 2012 campaign. She played in 13 games in 2013 and contributed a pair of assists.

NOTES

• Going back to 2012, ASU has won 24 of the 27 contests in which it has scored first (24-1-2). ASU’s 2-1 loss at Washington on Oct. 10 ended a 24 game-unbeaten streak in games in which it had scored first (22-0-2). The other games ASU has not won in that stretch are a 1-1 tie at Oregon State (Oct. 19, 2012) and a 1-1 tie vs. top-ranked UCLA (Sept. 26, 2014).

• Freshman Aly Moon scored five goals in ASU’s first five games. The only Sun Devil freshman to have a better start to her career was Patrice Feulner, who scored seven goals her first five games and 10 in her first six games in 2000. Feulner had back-to-back hat tricks in the fifth and sixth games of her career (consecutive 7-0 home wins by ASU over Pittsburgh on Sept. 10 and vs. Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15).

• Moon (#10) and Madison Stark (#81) were both named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Midseason Freshman Top 100 list.

• After not scoring any goals the first two seasons of her Sun Devil career, junior defender Rachel Ometer has scored three in 2014. The biggest of those goals helped ASU tie then-No. 6 Texas A&M at the half in the Sun Devils’ eventual 2-1 win upset of the Aggies. 

• RS-junior midfielder Mackenzie Semerad is currently tied for the team lead with four assists. Semerad’s first goal as a Sun Devil was the game-winner in ASU’s 2-1 upset of No. 6 Texas A&M on Sept. 7.

• Senior Jessica Domenichelli’s first goal as a Sun Devil came in the first half (and turned out to be the game-winner) of ASU’s 2-0 win at CSUN (Sept. 19).

• Junior Tommi Goodman returns as ASU’s most experienced player in the midfield. Goodman has played in all 59 of ASU’s contests since 2012 with 49 starts to her credit. She recorded an assist in ASU’s 3-1 win at Loyola Chicago (Aug. 31) and added another in ASU’s win over No. 6 Texas A&M (Sept. 7). She has scored two goals this season, most recently at Washington (Oct. 10).

• Ten different Sun Devils have found the back of the net this season. Six of those players have scored multiple goals

• The Sun Devils scored their 27th goal of the season in the ninth game of the 2014 season. The significance? They surpassed their 2013 total of 26 goals (19 games).

• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games. They were 5-4 in the former and 2-1-2 in the latter in 2013. They have only had five one-goal games thus far in 2014 and are 3-2 in those games – a 2-1 decision over No. 6 Texas A&M (Sept. 7), a 1-0 win vs. Oregon State (Oct. 5), a 2-1 loss at Washington (Oct. 10), a 1-0 loss vs. Cal (Oct. 24) and a 2-1 win at Utah (Nov. 2).

• ASU scored 18 of its 26 goals last season in the second half (16) or overtime (2) last season. In 2012, the Sun Devils scored 23 of their 33 goals in similar fashion. Of ASU’s 35 goals this season, 19 have come in the second half. 

• ASU recorded three consecutive shutouts earlier this season, its longest such streak since 2012.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

On the academic side, the Sun Devils have earned Pac-10/12 All-Academic notice 82 times in Boyd’s seven seasons, including 23 first-team members and 10 second-team members. ASU’s 20 first-team commendations the last six seasons (2008-13) are the most of any school in the Pac-12 during that span. In addition, soccer student-athletes have combined for eight Academic All-America awards since 2007, most recently former Sun Devils Jasmine Roth (second team) and Kaitlyn Pavlovich (third team) in 2013. Roth was also named the Pac-12’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year on 2013.

FARQUHARSON NAMED TO CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT FIRST TEAM 

Cali Farquharson became the first Sun Devil in 2014 to earn academic recognition as she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 first team, according to an announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) last month. With the first-team nod, Farquharson’s name will now be entered into consideration for Capital One Academic All-American distinction.

LEPEILBET ENTERS SUN DEVIL ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME

Former Sun Devil defender Amy LePeilbet (2000-03) was one of six Sun Devil greats welcomed into the Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Fame on October 17, 2014. LePeilbet is ASU’s first Olympic soccer player, as she was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team in the 2012 Olympics in London. While at ASU, LePeilbet was one of the cornerstones of the Sun Devil Soccer program as ASU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament three times during her four years. LePeilbet was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Pac-10 Conference first-team selection. She never missed a start in her four years at ASU, playing in 74 career games. As a junior, LePeilbet earned NSCAA second team All-West Region acclaim and helped the team tie the then-school record of five straight shutouts. LePeilbet was a key component in helping carry the Sun Devils into the second round of the NCAA Championships in 2003. As a senior, LePeilbet scored three goals, including two game-winners, while leading a defense that allowed 1.05 goals per game and posted eight shutouts.  Excelling off the field as well, LePeilbet was a two-time Academic All-American as well as a Maroon and Gold Scholar-Athlete.  After ASU, LePeilbet was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team that finished second to Japan in the 2011 Word Cup.  LePeilbet is also a member of FC Kansas City, which won the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League Championship in August. 

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