No. 14 Soccer Opens NCAA Tournament Against No. 20 Cal Poly
Nov. 11, 2003
ON TAP: After earning their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, the 14th-ranked Arizona State soccer team (12-4-3) will open first round play at the Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California against the Cal Poly Mustangs (18-1-2) on Friday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific).
NCAA TOURNAMENT AT A GLANCE: Host and ninth seeded Santa Clara (12-3-5) will face fellow Pac-10 member Stanford (10-8-2) in the other first round match on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ... The two first round winners will advance to Sunday's second round action at 1:00 p.m. ... This will be the first meeting between ASU and Cal Poly ... ASU shutout Stanford in Tempe this year, 1-0, while the all-time series is knotted at 3-3-1 ... ASU is 0-1 against Santa Clara after falling 5-1 in last year's NCAA second round ... Of the 64 teams selected, 14 are from the West ... ASU went 3-4 against the tournament field during the regular season ... All three games will be tracked live statistically on SantaClaraBroncos.com. http://santaclarabroncos.ocsn.com/livestats/w-soccer/ ... Games played against Santa Clara will be on a live internet audio broadcast at http://santaclarabroncos.ocsn.com/multimedia/sacl-multimedia.html.
ASU NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: This is the second straight and third overall (at-large) appearance in the NCAA Tournament for Arizona State with a 2-2 all-time record. The Devils hosted a first round match in 2000 when they defeated SW Missouri State, 2-0. ASU then went on the road for the second round to 13th-ranked Portland where they dropped a 3-1 decision. In 2002, ASU defeated Washington State, 2-1, in the first round at Santa Clara, then fell 5-1 in the second round to sixth-ranked Santa Clara.
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: The final regular season rankings, ASU jumped back into all four of the polls. (Nov. 10): Soccer America Magazine: #14; Soccer Times: #22; NSCAA: #22; Soccer Buzz Magazine: #23.
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: 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. LePeilbet was also named as the CSTV (College Sports TV) Student-Athlete of the Week (Nov. 10) for on and off the field accolades. 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, was a 2003 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 (second straight year).
COOPER'S CORNER: Sophomore midfielder Brittany Cooper is having a career year. All career-highs, Cooper leads the team with nine goals, 23 points and is second in assists (5). Cooper is quickly moving up the ASU career charts, coming in at fifth all-time with 41 points. She was also a member of the 2003 W-League Chicago Cobras, finishing second at nationals.
SENIOR SALUTE: ASU's four seniors - Amy LePeilbet, Patrice Feulner, Haley van Blommestein, Temryss Lane - will all be playing in their final matches in the coming weeks. All four were part of the program's first Top-10 recruiting class and their contributions to the rise of ASU's program speaks for itself. Up to this point, combined the four have help to lead ASU to 48 wins, three NCAA appearances, advancing twice to the second round. They have played in 292 games with 258 starts, tallied 40 goals, 30 assists, 10 game-winning goals and 110 points. They have also accounted for an All-American honor, numerous All-West Region and All-Pac-10 accolades on the field, as well as academically.
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 six goals, including her eighth career game-winner (second all-time). Bogus was named the 2002 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).
FEULNER'S HAT COLLECTION: Senior forward Patrice Feulner has recorded three career hat tricks. Feulner, who has missed only two starts in 81 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 (28), assists (18), points (74) and is fourth in game-winning goals (6). Feulner was also a member of the 2003 W-League Chicago Cobras team that finished second at nationals.
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 34-28 all-time in one goal games (including a 7-1 record this year) and 38-0 when scoring three or more goals ... seven different players have scored game-winning goals, including two by four different players ... ASU ended the season undefeated at home (7-0-1) ... ASU has recorded double-digit wins for the fifth straight year ... the Devils have already tied their overall win total from last year and their current (.710) winning percentage is also an all-time best.
PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: The Sun Devils were 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 was the highest predicted finish in the eight-year history of the program. However, ASU finished one better in second place beating expectations with a 6-2-1 record. The second place finish and the six wins are all-time records for the program.
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 second in points (14) and is third in goals (5) and assists (4).
BACK ON FAMILIAR GROUNDS: Juniors Holly Azevedo (Folsom, Calif.), Kathleen Dely (Benicia, Calif.), sophomore Haley Stein (Santa Rosa, Calif.) along freshmen Kim Bingham (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Katie Mahoney (Dublin, Calif.) will see many familiar faces in Santa Clara. Before coming to Arizona State, Azevedo played two seasons (39 games/10 starts) with Santa Clara. Bingham and Mahoney both prepped at California High School and stared for the national champion club team the Pleasanton Rage.
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.