Soccer Hosts Baylor On Friday

Sept. 10, 2002

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ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (1-1-2) will play a single match this week as they host Baylor (4-0) on Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. In the school's only meeting, the Sun Devils shutout Baylor, 3-0, last year in Waco on a hat trick by Patrice Feulner.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the various top-25 polls, after posting a 0-1-1 record at the Colorado College Tournament, Arizona State dropped out of the polls by Soccer America Magazine, Soccer Buzz Magazine, and the NSCAA.

WEEKEND IN REVIEW: ASU opened the Colorado College Tournament with a 1-1 draw against Denver. The Sun Devils got on the board first in just the fifth minute when Denver scored an own goal. Denver equalized the match at one in the 35th minute. ASU and Denver battled for possessions in the second half and both overtimes, but were unable to come up with the game-winning goal. Against SMU, the Sun Devils took a tough loss in overtime. SMU opened the match with its first tally in the 24th minute to take a 1-0 lead. ASU answered shortly after in the 29th minute on a brilliant goal by freshman Manya Makoski, her first as a Sun Devil. Makoski, who just returned to the Sun Devil lineup on Friday after playing on the World Champion U-19 National Team, collected the ball in the midfield and went one-on-one with an SMU defender. After beating the defender, Makoski launched the ball, left-footed from around 20 yards out into the upper left ninety pass SMU goalkeeper Erin McLeod. Both teams held each other scoreless in the second half to force overtime, but in the 99th minute, SMU tallied the game-winning goal off of a corner kick.

RECRUITING CLASS HONORED: According to Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Magazine Arizona State's 2002 recruiting class earned a No. 4 national ranking and No. 2 in the West Region, the programs highest ever. For the third straight year, Arizona State's recruiting class landed in the top-15. The 2001 class earned a No. 15 national ranking, while the 2000 class posted a No. 12 national ranking.

NATIONAL TEAM FLAVOR: Five Arizona State players have some type of U.S. National Team ties. Junior defender Amy LePeilbet had extensive playing time this summer with the U-21 team as she helped the U.S. claim its fourth straight Nordic Cup in Finland. Freshmen midfielder Manya Makoski and defender Stephanie Ebner both played on the U-19 team which won the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship in Victoria B.C. Makoski started every match for the U-19 team, while Ebner contributed in several matches, including scoring a goal and posting an assist in her first match. Also, fellow freshman midfielder Brittany Cooper and sophomore forward Stephanie Peel were U-19 pool members.

OVERTIME MADNESS: Dating back to last year's first overtime match against Oregon State on Oct. 21, ASU has gone into overtime in eight of its last 10 matches, holding a 2-3-3 record. The Sun Devils finished last season with four straight overtime matches and has already gone into three overtime matches (out of four) this year.

PEEL-IGHTFUL: Sophomore Stephanie Peel showed why she is one of the top returning players on this year's team. As a freshman, Peel earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, finishing the year second on the team in assists (5) third in goals (4) and points (13). A forward from Plano, Texas, Peel 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.

LEPEILBET'S JOURNEY: Playing for the U-21 U.S. National Team, junior defender Amy LePeilbet earned her first international cap against the Women's Mexican National Team. From Jan. 30-Feb. 3, LePeilbet and the rest of the U-21 National Team traveled to Mexico, playing two games against the full Mexican National Team. LePeilbet started and played the entire second game in Juarez, Mexico, helping the team to a 1-0 win. LePeilbet then travelled to Europe, May 24-June 2 with the National Team as they competed against different European teams. Then, following a 10-day training camp in San Diego, Calif., LePeilbet and the National Team headed back to Europe to claim their fourth straight championship at the 2002 Women's U-21 Nordic Cup Championships in Finland from July 22-28. As a sophomore at ASU, LePeilbet earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors on the field as well as in the classroom.

HOME COOKING: Over the past three seasons, Arizona State holds a 23-6-3 (.766) home record. In the program's six year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 35-18-4 (.649) overall.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Arizona State features only one senior and four juniors. More than two-thirds of the team are made up of underclassmen - seven sophomores and 10 freshmen. Freshmen Elizabeth Bogus, Manya Makoski and Brittany Cooper have each tallied a goal this year, while sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald has played every minute (410:00), recording 22 saves with a 1.10 goals-against average. In the four matches this year, ASU has started three freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors

FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: With her three goal performance in ASU's 2001 season opener against Baylor, junior Patrice Feulner has 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 finished her sophomore campaign leading the team in goals (11), game-winning goals (4) and points (25), good for third and fifth respectively in the Pac-10 Conference. Feulner earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, was a first-team All-Pac-10 Academic selection and a District VIII Academic All-American. She is currently tied for second all-time in goals (23) and tied for third all-time in game-winning goals (5) and total points (57).

CORNER KICKS: 11 opponents on ASU's 2002 schedule earned postseason bids last year ... ASU plays seven top-25 ranked teams ... ASU was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10, the highest preseason predicted finish in the program's seven years ... ASU's match against Washington St. on Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m. will be aired on FOX Sports Net.

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