No. 24 Soccer Faces Arizona On Saturday In Tucson

Oct. 14, 2003

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ON TAP: The 24th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (8-2-2; 2-0 Pac-10) will play only one match this week as they head down to Tucson to take on Arizona (4-7-1; 0-2 Pac-10) on Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. The Sun Devils hold an all-time record of 8-0 against the Wildcats.

PAC-10 OPENING WEEKEND RECAP: ASU had a successful home weekend against the Bay Area schools as they defeated California, 3-2 and shutout Stanford, 1-0. Against Cal, Stephanie Ebner's two goal performance lifted ASU to the victory. The game appeared to be headed to overtime until Ebner netted the game-winner with just over two minutes to go. The only score of the first half saw Elizabeth Bogus take a pass from Brittany Cooper and slot a shot home from 10 yards out. Ebner doubled the Sun Devils' lead six minutes into the second half with a volley from outside of the penalty area. The lead lasted hardly a minute when the Bears' scored their first goal, and in the 82nd minute tied it up at 2-2. But as time was wearing down, Ebner scored a second long distance strike to win the game. Against Stanford, Amy LePeilbet's incredible 55-yard free kick was the lone goal tallied. In the 38th minute, a Stanford player committed a foul on a Sun Devil just inside the Stanford half. That set up LePeilbet's free kick. As she lofted the ball toward the box, Stanford's goalkeeper came out to attempt the catch, but the ball went over her head and through her fingers, finding the back of the net.

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: After a sweep of Cal and Stanford, ASU climbed into all four polls for the first time this year, including the NSCAA. This is how the various Top-25 polls rank Arizona State (Oct. 13): Soccer Times: #15; Soccer Buzz Magazine: #19; Soccer America Magazine: #24; NSCAA: #24.

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: Senior defender Amy LePeilbet earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 13) after tallying the game-winner against Stanford off a 55-yard free kick. A two year player for the U-21 U.S. National team, 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.

COOPER'S CORNER: Midfielder Brittany Cooper has scored in six of the 12 games, including three of the past six matches this season. All career-highs, Cooper leads the team with seven goals, 18 points and is tied in assists (4). Cooper was also a member of the 2003 W-League Chicago Cobras team that finished second at nationals.

FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: Senior forward Patrice Feulner has recorded three career hat tricks. Feulner, who has missed only two starts in 74 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 (69), is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (5) and assists (15). Feulner was also a member of the 2003 W-League Chicago Cobras team that finished second at nationals.

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 the team lead in assists (4) and is third in goals (3)/points (10).

NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Sophomore forward Elizabeth Bogus has made an immediate impact as a Sun Devil. So far this year, Bogus has tallied five goals, including her eighth career game-winner (second all-time). 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).

D-FENCE: ASU's backline features goalkeepers Kelly Fitzgerald and Kim Bingham along with defenders Amy LePeilbet, Holly Azevedo, Stephanie Peel and Stephanie Ebner. ASU has shutout six teams, given up 10 goals (0.79 GAA) and allowed only three teams (#2 Notre Dame/San Diego/California) to score more than one goal. The single-season shutout record is 10 and record for least amount of goals in a season is 23.

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.

THROW-INS: The Cal/Stanford wins marks the first time in school history that ASU swept the California/Stanford series ... ASU was the only collegiate team to score a goal against the WUSA's San Diego Spirit in the preseason ... ASU is 30-28 all-time in one goal games and 37-0 when scoring three or more goals.

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