No. 11 Soccer Opens Home Slate Against Vanderbilt
Sept. 9, 2003
ON TAP: Achieving the highest national ranking in the school's eight year history, the 11th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (3-1) will begin its 2003 home slate against Southeastern Conference opponent Vanderbilt (2-1) on Friday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fifth straight team the Sun Devils have never faced. All home matches are played at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rural Road, behind the band practice field and the Adidas Athletic Performance Center.
NOTRE DAME CLASSIC TOURNAMENT RECAP: The Devils finished second in the tournament with a 1-1 record. ASU tallied the first goal of the game to lead host and fifth-ranked Notre Dame, 1-0, but then allowed three unanswered goals in a physical and evenly played match to drop their first game of the year, 3-1. In the 11th minute of action, Courtney Crane continued her hot start as she collected up a lose ball rebound and fed it to Brittany Cooper who fired a 12-yard strike into an open Notre Dame net for the 1-0 edge. However, ND tallied two quick goals in the 18th and 23rd minutes and again late in the game to seal the win. ASU and ND each posted 11 shots with the Sun Devils posting four on goal. The evenly played match also had each team posting four corners apiece. Against Rutgers, Coopers' goal late in the first half held up as ASU shutout Rutgers 1-0. In the 43rd minute of action, Stephanie Ebner made a lead pass to a breaking Cooper who tallied the goal from close in for the eventual game-winner. Goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald went the full 90 minutes, making a season-high six saves and posting her second shutout of the year.
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 for a second straight week, this is how the various Top-25 polls rank Arizona State: Soccer America Magazine: No. 11; Soccer Buzz Magazine: No. 16; Soccer Times: No. 22; NSCAA: Not Ranked.
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.
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.
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.
COOPER'S CORNER: After scoring both Sun Devil goals and earning all-tournament honors at the ND Classic, Brittany Cooper has now scored in three of the four games this season and leads the team with three goals and seven points.
HOCKEY, EH: Courtney Crane was all ready to continue playing hockey in the chilly Midwest until she landed in warm Tempe. And ASU is much better off for it as the freshman from Oak Park, Calif. is tied for the team high in points (7) and leads in assists (3).
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 28-27 all-time in one goal games and 34-0 when scoring three or more goals ... ASU is shooting over 50% on shots on goal (31-60) ... 10 players have scored or assisted.
NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Sophomore forward Elizabeth Bogus has made an immediate impact. In the first two games this year, Bogus has tallied two goals, including her eighth career game-winner, 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).
HOME COOKING: Over the past four seasons, Arizona State holds a 29-11-3 (.709) home record. In the program's eight year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 43-23-4 (.643) overall.
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 66 career games, 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 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 at nationals.