Soccer Hosts Northern Arizona On Sunday
Oct. 2, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (6-1-2), winners of their last five by shutouts, will host Northern Arizona University (3-6-0) on Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m. Arizona State leads the all-time series, 3-1; however, NAU upset ASU last year in Tempe, 1-0, with a late goal in the 68th minute.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Behind two Elizabeth Bogus goals and another super defensive effort, ASU notched their fourth straight shutout by defeating the University of Georgia, 2-0, in Athens. ASU tallied its first goal in the 14th minute as the Sun Devils' leading scorer, Bogus, broke past the Georgia defenders and netted her fourth goal of the season. Freshman midfielder Manya Makoski assisted on the goal for her third of the year, tying for the team high. ASU held on to the 1-0 lead at the end of the first half, out shooting Georgia 6-4. Bogus added her team-leading fifth goal in the 71st minute off of another breakaway with assists from Haley Stein and Makoski. Shots were even at 11 apiece overall. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald made three saves for her career-best fourth shutout. Against Auburn ASU tied a school record, set in 2000, by holding their fifth straight opponent without a goal, knocking off the Tigers, 1-0. ASU jumped on the board first at the 21:43 mark when freshman Brittany Cooper sent a shot over the Auburn defense where Bogus intercepted the pass and sent the shot past the AU goalkeeper as she came out to get the ball, notching the only score of the match. Bogus posted her third goal and second game-winner in the past two matches. Cooper, the reigning Co-Pac-10 Player of the Week, posted her fourth assist, moving her into a tie for the team high. With just over six and a half minutes left in the match, Arizona State had a prime opportunity to move to a two-goal advantage on a Stein breakaway, but the keeper made the initial block on the ground and got up to chase down the ball as it reached the goal line making the save. With the help from another stellar defensive effort, Fitzgerald posted her fifth straight shutout, lowing her goals-against average to 0.53.
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.
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, Brittany Cooper and Kelley Bond have each tallied at least one goal this year, while sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald has played nearly every minute (853:20), recording 39 saves with an 0.53 goals-against average. At various times during this year, ASU has started five freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors. Point Breakdown by Class: Freshman (10 goals + 10 assists = 30), Junior (3 goals + 1 assist = 7), Sophomore (3 assists = 3).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the various top-25 polls, after posting two more shutouts, Arizona State entered back into two of the four polls. The Sun Devils made the biggest jump in the Soccer America Magazine poll at No. 16, while Soccer Buzz Magazine placed ASU at No. 19. ASU received votes in the SoccerTimes.com poll and did not earn any votes by the NSCAA.
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 14 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 nine) this year.
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.
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.
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.
COOPER HONORED: Freshman midfielder Brittany Cooper and Washington junior forward Melissa Bennett were named Co-Pac-10 Soccer Players of the Week for September 17-23. Cooper, from Albuquerque, N.M., tallied five points (1 goal, 3 assists) in a pair of shutout victories. The Sun Devils blanked San Diego 2-0 and UNLV 3-0 for their second and third straight shutout wins. Cooper scored a goal and had two assists against the Rebels, and added another assist against the Toreros. Additionally, Cooper was also named to Soccer Buzz Magazine's Elite Team of the Week.
NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Freshman forward Elizabeth Bogus has made an immediate impact for the Sun Devils. A catalyst on the field for ASU, Bogus was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for September 24-30, marking the second straight Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for the Sun Devils as freshman Brittany Cooper earned the award the week before. Bogus, from Sandy, Utah, posted three goals, including two game-winners, as ASU notched shutout road wins at Georgia and Auburn. Bogus, who was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week, leads the team with six goals and four game-winners this year, which ties for second on ASU's all-time single-season chart and leads the Pac-10 Conference.
DEVIL OF A DEFENSE: The Sun Devils have shutout and out scored their last five opponents, 9-0 ... the five straight shutouts ties the school record set back in 2000 ... ASU has allowed only five goals the entire season (second in the Pac-10) and two only once ... goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald is second in the Pac-10 with a 0.53 goals-against average.
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. 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).
HOME COOKING: Over the past three seasons, Arizona State holds a 26-6-3 (.786) home record. In the program's seven year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 38-18-4 (.667) overall.