Soccer Hosts No. 5 UCLA and USC in Final Home Matches

Oct. 27, 2004

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ON TAP: The Arizona State soccer team (7-7-1; 3-1-1 Pac-10), tied for second in the Pac-10, will end their home season against Pac-10 leader and No. 5 (Soccer America) UCLA (11-5-0; 4-2-0 Pac-10) on Friday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. and USC on Sunday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m.

SERIES NOTES: The Bruins hold a 6-1-0 all time record against the Sun Devils, while USC carries a 7-1-0 mark. ASU's lone win against UCLA was a 1-0 double overtime victory in Tempe (11/3/00). ASU last defeated USC back on October 31, 1997 in Los Angeles by a 3-2 score.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: The Sun Devils feature one of the toughest schedules in the country as they will face their fourth Top-5 and eighth nationally ranked team when UCLA pays a visit to Tempe on Friday. Two of ASU's first four games were against Top-5 nationally ranked teams as they faced No. 5 Florida State to open the season and No. 2 Notre Dame two weeks later. To open the Pac-10 Conference slate, ASU played against its third Top-5 team when No. 4 Washington made the trip to Tempe. ASU lost each of the first two Top-5 match-ups against FSU and ND by only one goal, while tying the Huskies, 3-3. A week later the Devils played against their fifth, sixth and seventh opponents in the Top-25 as they upended No. 14 California (1-0), fell to No. 10 Stanford (2-1) and shutout No. 16 Arizona (1-0). Currently five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top-25, and overall, ASU's opponents currently hold a 167-103-36 (.605) record.

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

THROW-INS: ASU is 39-34 all-time in one goal games, including a 7-1 record in 2003 and 43-0-1 when scoring three or more goals ... only five points separate first through eighth place in the Pac-10 ... ASU has recorded double-digit wins for five straight years ... the cover of the 2003 media guide won the CoSIDA award for 'Best Cover in the Nation' ... over the past five seasons, ASU is third in the Pac-10 with the most overall wins with 62.

SPREADING IT AROUND: Four players have tallied four or more goals, accounting for 20 goals and 11 assists (Cooper 6/1; Leahy 5/3; Bogus 4/5; Makoski 5/2). Also five different players have tallied game-winning goals (Cooper, Leahy, Bogus (2), Makoski (2), Mahoney).

THE COACH: Arizona State continues to excel under head coach Ray Leone, who enters only his fourth season at the helm of the Sun Devil team. One of the most successful and well respected coaches in the NCAA, Leone carries a wealth of coaching experience, as well as an outstanding 13-year head coaching career record of 174-85-20 (.660). Among active head coaches, Leone is currently 25th all-time in winning percentage and 26th in total wins. Yet more impressive is among all Division I coaches with 13 or less years head coaching experience, Leone is second all-time with his 174 victories.

NOT A BOGUS PLAYER AT ALL: Junior forward Elizabeth Bogus has posted some impressive numbers in just over two seasons. This year Bogus is tied for the team-high in game-winning goals (2) -- tallied the team's first game-winning goal vs. Rhode Island and the other against Washington State -- raising her to 10 overall for second all-time. Additionally this year, Bogus is collecting the assists as well, leading the team with five and is also tied for the team-high in points (13). As a sophomore, Bogus earned Pac-10 honorable mention status after scoring a team second-best six goals, including her eighth career game-winner. 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).

COOPER'S CORNER: Junior midfielder Brittany Cooper looks to continue her solid season after posting career-highs as a sophomore. Cooper, who earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors, led the team in goals (10), points (26) and tied for second in assists (6). This year she again is leading the team in goals (6) and is tied for the team-high in points (13). Cooper is also quickly moving up the ASU career charts: Fourth all-time with 22 goals and tied for fourth all-time with 57 points. Also for the second summer in a row, Cooper was a member of the W-League Chicago Cobras. She tallied the game-winning goal in 100th minute to send the team into the semifinals of the playoffs.

DEVIL GETTING HER DUE: Junior forward Katie Leahy's transition from junior college to Arizona State has gone quite well. Leahy is second on the team in goals (5) and is tied for the lead in points (13). She also posted her first career game-winner against BYU. Leahy had a heralded career at the Community College of Rhode Island (Warwick) where she was a two-time NSCAA and NJCAA first-team All-American. Leahy was the top junior college scorer nationally (combined) in her two seasons, posting 94 career goals, 15 assists and 203 points. She averaged 2.35 goals and 5.07 points per game in her career and recorded a 32-game streak of scoring at least one goal per game.

HOCKEY, EH: Sophomore Courtney Crane was all ready to continue playing hockey in the chilly Midwest until she landed in warm Tempe last year. And ASU was much better off for it as she finished third in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14).

MAY I HELP YOU?: With two more assists at the Nike Seminole Classic, junior midfielder Manya Makoski is already fifth all-time in career assists with 16, and only three shy of second. This year she is also tied for the team-high in game-winners (2), goals (5) and is fourth in points (12). A second-team All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore, Makoski tallied five assists, second on the team, and finished with 13 points. Playing in only 19 of the team's 21 games as a freshman, (missed first two due to U-19 National team commitment) 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 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. A member of the 2004 U-21 National team, Makoski tallied two assists and in 2003 scored the game-winning goal against the WUSA's San Diego Spirit in a friendly match.

SENIOR SALUTE: Six Sun Devil seniors will be playing in their last home matches this weekend against UCLA and USC: Holly Azevedo, Adria Barchi, Kathleen Dely, Kelly Fitzgerald, Marlina Fletcher and Stephanie Peel.

PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: For the second consecutive year, the Devils were picked to finish third in the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference race in a preseason vote of the head coaches. The third place selection (again) is the highest predicted finish in the nine-year history of the program. Last year ASU finished one better in second place beating expectations with a 6-2-1 record. The second place finish and the six wins were all-time records for the program.

ALL-TIME RANKING: After taking second-ranked Notre Dame to the limit, Arizona State broke into the nation's Top-10 for the first time in the school's nine-year history. Soccer Buzz Magazine moved the Sun Devils to a No. 9 national ranking from their previous all-time high of No. 11. In addition, for the first time in school history, Arizona State was ranked nationally in all four of the 2004 preseason polls: Soccer Buzz Magazine: #14; #T-15; NSCAA: #16; Soccer America Magazine: #20.

HOME COOKING: Since 1999, including a 11-2-2 record in the past 15 matches, ASU holds a 40-13-5 (.733) home record. In the program's nine year history at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, ASU is 54-25-6 (.671).