Soccer Opens Pac-10 Play On The Road Against USC and #2 UCLA
Oct. 10, 2001
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (6-4-0, 0-0 Pac-10) will begin the Pac-10 Conference season in Los Angeles as they face USC (5-3-1, 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. and second-ranked UCLA (9-0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) on Sunday, October 14 at 12:00 p.m. After starting the season with a 4-1 record, ASU has dropped three of their last five matches.
ALL-TIME SERIES NOTES: USC holds a 4-1 record against the Sun Devils ... the lone win (3-2) occurred on October 31, 1997 in Los Angeles ... USC won last year's thrilling match in Tempe with a 1-0 overtime victory in the 105th minute ... UCLA holds a 3-1 record against ASU ... the Sun Devils sole victory (1-0) against the Bruins took place last year in Tempe ... in another thrilling match, ASU ended up on the winning side in double overtime as Stacey Tullock scored the lone goal in the 110th minute.
LAST WEEKEND: In another defensive struggle, Arizona State dropped its second straight 1-0 match, this time to the University of San Diego at USD's Torero Stadium. USD posted 10 shots to ASU's eight, while USD recorded 23 fouls to the Sun Devils 10. The Torero's scored on a free kick in the 36th minute of the first half to net the game's only goal. However, with nine minutes left in the second half, the Sun Devils had a chance to tie the game, but Stephanie Peel's shot hit the top post while the USD goalie then managed to secure the rebound.
FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: With her three goal performance in ASU's season opener against Baylor, sophomore Patrice Feulner has now recorded three career hat tricks. For her effort against Baylor, Feulner was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week and to the Soccer Buzz Elite Feet Team of the Week. The forward from St. Charles, Illinois, leads the team in goals (8), points (18) and game-winners (3). Only a sophomore, Feulner's 20 career goals already ranks her second all-time in ASU history
SUMMER TRAINING: Over the summer, five Arizona State players competed in some very competitive leagues. Sophomore defender Temryss Lane played at the U.S. Soccer Festival in Chicago, helping her earn a spot on the U-23 Women's National B soccer team. Lane, a native of Bellingham, Wash., was named to the national pool after traveling to Chicago with the Region IV team, an elite group of 18-23-year-old players from the West. Lane's team fell to the Region II team, however, Lane scored both of Region IV's goals in regulation. Sophomore defender Amy LePeilbet and forward Patrice Feulner both played (again) on the USL W2 Chicago Cobra team, making it all the way to the final four. Additionally, incoming freshman Stephanie Peel played in the W League along with sophomore midfielder Haley van Blommestein, who starred in the W1 League for the Seattle Sounders.
PEEL-IGHTFUL: Freshman Stephanie Peel shows why she is one of the top players on this year's team. Peel, a forward from Plano, Texas, excelled in both of ASU's wins over 12th-ranked Kentucky and Furman. She posted two goals and added two assists as she helped ASU capture the Traditional Bank Invitation Tournament in Lexington, Ky. A memorable first goal as a Sun Devil, Peel took a corner kick against Kentucky and bend the ball into the goal, unassisted. For her efforts at the tournament, which included being named to the all-tournament team, Peel was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Week.
ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: After claiming the tournament title, four ASU players were named to the Traditional Bank Invitational All-Tournament Team. On the defensive side, goalkeeper Kristin Slater made several key saves, while defender Amy LePeilbet and company helped Slater clamp down on their opponents, allowing only one goal. Stacey Tullock and Stephanie Peel each added to the offense as the Sun Devils out scored its opponents 5-1.
TOUTING TULLOCK: Senior All-American Stacey Tullock (Phoenix, Arizona) continues to heat up the playing field, In 2001, Tullock has netted four goals and posted two assists. The 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year and 1998 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Tullock earned 2000 All-American second-team recognition by Soccer Buzz, Soccer America and the NSCAA. The U-21 National team member was also a first-team all-region choice by Soccer Buzz and a second team pick by the NSCAA. In 2000, half her goals came as game-winners, while leading the team in goals (14), game-winning goals (7) and points (33). Tullock scored at least one goal in eight of the first nine games. She scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to defeat fifth-ranked UCLA and scored another game-winning overtime goal against Georgia. Despite being constantly marked, Tullock also factored into the team scoring (goal or assist) in 14 games and scored at least one goal in 12 games. A five-time member of Soccer America's Team of the Week, Tullock is ASU's career leader in every offensive category: goals (48), assists (21), points (117), game-winners (15). Additionally, with her one goal and one assist performance against the Oregon schools (Oct., 8, 2000), Tullock - in just over 2 and half years - broke the century mark in career points.
HOME COOKING: Since the beginning of the 1999 season, Arizona State holds a 21-7-1 (.741) home record. In the program's five year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium ASU is 33-19-2 (.630) overall.
RECRUITING CLASS HONORED: According to Soccer Buzz Magazine, for the second straight year, Arizona State's recruiting class landed in the top-25. The 2001 class, which features six Olympic Development Program players, earned a No. 15 national ranking and a No. 5 ranking within the West Region.
HEAD COACH RAY LEONE: Former Clemson University women's soccer head coach Ray Leone becomes the school's second head coach as he takes over the helm of Arizona State's five-year old program. One of the most successful coaches in the NCAA, Leone brings a wealth of coaching experience, as well as an outstanding 11-year head coaching career record of 148-65-13 (.684 winning percentage). This past 2000 season, Leone was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to the school's first ACC regular-season title, finishing with a 5-1-1 record. The Clemson squad compiled a record of 16-1-1 in the regular season and earned a No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship. After reaching the 'Elite 8' for the third time in four years, Leone's team finished with a school record 19-3-1 overall record and a No. 5 national ranking. Leone and his wife, Tracey - the team's head coach since its inception in 1994, who is currently on leave to coach the U-19 U.S. National Team - arrived at Clemson in 1994, the Tigers have been to the NCAA Tournament each season, advancing three times to the quarterfinals in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Additionally, Leone's 1994 Clemson squad was the first team in NCAA women's soccer history to make the NCAA Tournament in its first varsity season.
PAC-10 HONOR ROLL: Led by senior Stacey Tullock's first-team selection, the Sun Devils have four All-Pacific-10 Conference honorees back for the 2001 season. Tullock, who earned her third consecutive first-team honor, is joined by fellow senior and two-time second-team member Antoinette Marjanovic and sophomore honorable mention selections Patrice Feulner and Haley van Blommestein.
SCHEDULE: As only one of three teams in all of collegiate soccer to play both NCAA Champion North Carolina and NCAA runner-up UCLA, that, in itself, should say enough about this year's schedule. Not only does Leone and his staff have the challenge of replacing several key positions, but also the challenge of a grueling road schedule. ASU will go from 14 home games last year to 12 away for 2001. After three difficult non-conference tournaments and several non-conference games, the Sun Devils will jump into the ever formidable Pac-10 Conference that featured seven of the 10 conference teams earning NCAA Tournament bids last year.
CORNER KICKS: The Sun Devils start only two upperclassmen, while freshmen and sophomores make up the rest of the lineup ... ASU has out scored its opponents 12-3 in the second half ... the Pac-10 Conference holds a 54-16-5 (.753) record against non conference opponents this year ... four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-21, while two are ranked in the top-9 ... four of the next six ASU games are on the road ... ASU is 2-2 on the road and 2-0 at neutral sites this year ... 40 of ASU's 54 total points this year have been scored be either freshmen or sophomores ... all six game winning goals have been scored by either freshmen or sophomores ... ASU went undefeated (4-0) in two tournaments this year, posting three shutouts and outscoring its opponents 14-1.