No. 17 Soccer Hosts New Mexico On Saturday
Sept. 23, 2003
ON TAP: The 17th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (5-1-1) will conclude its four-game home slate when they take on the Lobos of New Mexico (1-4-2) on Saturday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the sixth meeting between the two schools with the Sun Devils holding a 3-2 advantage. New Mexico won the first two matches, but the Devils have won the last three by a combined 8-1 score.
SAN FRANCISCO/KENTUCKY RECAP: The Devils are coming off a pair of shutout wins over San Francisco (3-0) and Kentucky (4-0). Against USF, three different players' tallied goals with the first goal coming on a breakaway from Manya Makoski. In the second half of play, ASU got another breakaway going when Levise Robertson found Courtney Crane sprinting towards the goal. USF's goalkeeper came out of the box to get the ball, but Crane reached it first and shot it over the keeper's head. ASU's final goal came from an Elizabeth Bogus shot into the lower left corner. ASU's defense kept the Dons at bay as goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald made only two saves. Versus Kentucky, ASU put the match away in the first half with three goals, two from Brittany Cooper just six minutes apart. First, Cooper set up a corner kick and sliced the ball into a crowed goalkeeper box where it found Holly Azevedo as she headed it in. Cooper connected on her first goal as she took a pass from Crane and drilled the shot from the top left of the box. Cooper extended the lead as she scored again from nearly the same spot. Makoski finished the scoring on a breakaway, tallying the goal from the top right of the box. Fitzgerald started the game going 64 minutes and making four saves before giving away to Hilary Wilson for the final 26 minutes of play, posting two saves.
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: This is how the various Top-25 polls rank Arizona State (Sept. 22): Soccer Buzz Magazine: No. 13; Soccer America Magazine: No. 17; Soccer Times: No. 17; 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.
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 two more goals against Kentucky and both Sun Devil goals - and earning all-tournament honors - at the ND Classic, Brittany Cooper has now scored in five of the seven games this season, leading the team with five goals, 13 points and is second in assists (3).
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. leads the team in assists (4) and is second in goals (3)/points (10).
THROW-INS: ASU was the only collegiate team to score a goal against the WUSA's San Diego Spirit in the preseason ... five Pac-10 teams are ranked among the nation's Top-25 ... ASU is 28-27 all-time in one goal games and 36-0 when scoring three or more goals ... ASU is shooting 54% on shots on goal (56-103) ... 11 players have scored or assisted ... ASU is holding opponents to 0.69 goals-against average.
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 31-11-4 (.717) home record. In the program's eight year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 45-23-5 (.651) 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.