No. 13 Soccer Faces No. 5 Notre Dame And Rutgers In South Bend

Sept. 2, 2003

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ON TAP: The 13th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (2-0) will again head out on the road, this time, to the Midwest for their second straight tournament. The Sun Devils will travel to South Bend, Indiana to compete in the Notre Dame Classic, Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7. ASU will open the tournament against host and fifth-ranked Notre Dame (2-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (CST) and then finish play on Sunday against Rutgers (2-0) at 11:00 a.m. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Sun Devils and Notre Dame, as well as Rutgers.

NO KA OI TOURNAMENT RECAP: The Devils got the 2003 season off to a great start as they won the OHANA Hotels & Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament in Honolulu this past weekend. ASU dominated both opponents, outscoring them 9-1 and out shooting them 35-19. ASU posted a 4-0 shutout over host Hawaii and a 5-1 win over Bowling Green, which saw the Devils outshoot the Falcons 22-3. ASU's stingy defense, as reflected in the all-tournament selections - Fitzgerald (GK), LePeilbet (D), Ebner (D), Bogus (F) - allowed only one goal during the tournament and held the teams to a 0.53 shot percentage. Seven different players tallied at least one goal with freshman Courtney Crane and sophomore Elizabeth Bogus recording a pair each.

NATIONAL TEAM FLAVOR: Nine Arizona State players have some type of U.S. National team ties. Senior defender Amy LePeilbet had extensive playing time again this summer with the U-21 team as she helped the U.S. claim its fifth straight Nordic Cup. Sophomore midfielder Manya Makoski also was part of the U-21 team, while sophomore defender Stephanie Ebner played on the U-19 team that won the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship in Victoria B.C. Freshman goalkeeper Kim Bingham has spent time with the U-21 and U-19 National teams. Others include sophomore forward Elizabeth Bogus (U-21 pool), junior defender/midfielder Holly Azevedo (U-21 pool), sophomore midfielder Brittany Cooper (U-19 pool), junior forward/defender Stephanie Peel (U-19 pool) and freshman forward/midfielder Katie Mahoney (U-17 team).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Despite a wide margin between certain polls, this is how the various Top-25 polls rank Arizona State: Soccer Buzz Magazine: No. 9; Soccer America Magazine: No. 13; Soccer Times: No. 22; NSCAA: Receiving Votes.

CAN I HELP YOU?: Playing in only 19 of the team's 21 games last year (missed first two due to U-19 National team commitment) sophomore midfielder Manya Makoski set the Arizona State single-season assist record with nine, while finishing the year second in goals (6) and points (21). A freshman All-American selection by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz, Makoski also earned Pac-10 second team accolades and was a three-time selection to the All-West Region teams by Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and the NSCAA. As a member of the 2003 U-21 National team, Makoski scored the game-winning goal against the WUSA's San Diego Spirit in an exhibition match this summer.

PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: The Sun Devils are picked to finish third in the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference race this year in a preseason vote of the head coaches. The third place selection is the highest predicted finish in the eight-year history of the program.

LEPEILBET'S RESUME: A two year player for the U-21 U.S. National team, senior defender Amy LePeilbet played a vital role in helping the United States claim their fifth straight Nordic Cup win this summer. LePeilbet, who was on last year's team that also won the cup, is a preseason All-American choice by Soccer America. LePeilbet earned honorable mention All-American acclaim from Soccer Buzz last season and was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection (second straight year). LePeilbet also excelled off the field, earning Academic All-American accolades as well.

NEW FACES: The Sun Devils welcome six freshmen and two transfers to this year's team. Junior D/M Holly Azevedo comes over from Santa Clara where she played in 39 career games, while junior M/F Adria Barchi comes to Tempe from Northern Arizona University where she was an all-conference choice and the team's second leading point producer (14) last year. Freshman include U-21 National team goalkeeper Kim Bingham (Pleasanton, CA), F/M Michelle Becker (Glendale, AZ) who tallied 89 career goals in high school, M/F Courtney Crane (Oak Park, CA) who posted 84 career goals and 63 assists, F/M Katie Mahoney (Dublin, CA) a Parade and NSCAA All-American, F/M Lauren Niblett (Chandler, AZ) a three year player for the Arizona ODP and F Levise Robertson (Tucson, AZ) who was the 2003 4A/5A Arizona state Player of the Year.

THROW-INS: ASU will face five teams for the first time this year (Hawaii, Bowling Green, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Vanderbilt) ... ASU was the only collegiate team to score a goal against the WUSA's San Diego Spirit in the preseason ... six Pac-10 teams are ranked among the nation's Top-25 ... ASU is 27-27 all-time in one goal games and 34-0 when scoring three or more goals.

NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Sophomore forward Elizabeth Bogus has made an immediate impact for the Sun Devils. In the first two games this year, Bogus has already tallied two goals, including her eighth career game-winner. A catalyst on the field for ASU, Bogus was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, earned Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American accolades and was only of only two freshman to claim first-team All-Pac-10 honors. Bogus finished first in the Pac-10 and set a school record with seven game-winning goals. She also led the team in goals (10), shots (62) and points (22).

RECRUITING CLASS HONORED: For the fourth straight year, Arizona State's recruiting class landed in the Top-15. According to Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Magazines, the Devils' 2003 recruiting class earned a No. 9 and No. 12 national ranking, respectively. The 2002 class recorded the school's highest ranking at No. 4, while the 2001 class earned a No. 15 ranking and the 2000 class posted a No. 12 national ranking. Soccer America also listed Kim Bingham as the ninth-best recruit in the nation and Katie Mahoney as the 17th-best.

FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: Senior forward Patrice Feulner has recorded three career hat tricks. Feulner, who has missed only two starts in 64 career games, has garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, is a two-time All-Pac-10 Academic selection and a District VIII Academic All-American. She is currently second all-time in goals (27) and points (66), is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (5) and seventh in assists (12). Feulner was also a member of the 2003 W-League Chicago Cobras team that finished second this summer at nationals.

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