Two Sun Devil Soccer Players Selected To U.S. Under-21 National Team

May 8, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University soccer players Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Manya Makoski (Trumbull, Conn.) were named to the U.S. Under-21 National Team roster for a four-game Brazil tour from May 15-26, 2003. Both players, who have had previous U.S. National Team experience, were two of the 18 players selected following three national team camps during which a player pool of approximately 50 participated. This will be LePeilbet's second year with the U-21 team, while Makoski (past member of the World Champion U-19 National Team) will be making her first appearance on the team.

A junior defender for the Sun Devils, LePeilbet is a returning starter from last year's U.S. U-21 National Team that won its fourth consecutive Nordic Cup Tournament in Finland with a 3-1 victory over Germany. LePeilbet, an Academic All-American from Crystal Lake, Illinois, holds a 3.84 grade-point average in sociology. She was a main component in helping to carry the Sun Devils into the second round of the NCAA Championships, the team's second NCAA appearance in the last three years. LePeilbet, the team's top defender, played a major role in ASU's nationally ranked program. LePeilbet was the quarterback of the ASU defense, playing middle back, that helped the Devils to tie a school record of five straight shutouts in 2002. Starting in all 21 matches, she assisted ASU to a 12-6-2 overall record with six shutouts. LePeilbet, a two-time All-Pac-10 first-team selection, scored two goals and posted one assist last season.

Makoski, a freshman midfielder for the Sun Devils, was a starting midfielder on last year's U-19 National Team that won the inaugural U-19 Women's World Cup held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Makoski was one of just a few players from the U-19 team that was invited to the U-21 training camp. Makoski earned Freshman All-America honors by Soccer America Magazine and was one of 12 finalists for National Freshman of the Year honors by Soccer Buzz Magazine (along with current teammate Elizabeth Bogus). She also earned All-Pac-10 Second Team and NSCAA third-team All-West Region honors. Makoski started in 19 games (missing the first two due to U-19 National Team commitments) setting an ASU single-season record with nine assists, also good for third in the Pac-10. Four of Makoski's nine assists were game-winners to Bogus in 2002. Makoski finished the year second on the team in goals (6), first in assists (9) and second in points (21) and game-winning goals (2).

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