Sun Devil Soccer Hits Road for Pair of Pac-10 Matches

Oct. 11, 2005

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Following a weekend split at home with the Oregon schools on the opening weekend of conference play, the Arizona State University soccer team (6-5-2, 1-1-0 Pac-10) takes to the road for a pair of Pac-10 tilts as the Sun Devils head to the Washington schools. The Sun Devils meet Washington State (7-5-1, 0-2-0) in Pullman, Wash., for a 3 p.m. Friday contest before closing out the road trip with a noon match in Seattle with Washington (0-10-3, 0-2-0).

Arizona State is 6-1-2 overall in their first Pac-10 road game of the season and are unbeaten in their last three. In the nine matches, the Sun Devils' lone loss was a 3-2 setback at USC in 2001 with the losses coming by 1-1 counts in 1996 at Oregon and 2003 at Arizona. Among the six wins include two over Arizona and one each against Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State and California. Last year, the first road contest was a 1-0 upset of the No. 14 Golden Bears in Berkeley while the defeat of the Cardinal in 1998 was an upset over No. 9 Stanford.

Following the first weekend of conference competition, the Sun Devils currently sit in a two-way tie for fifth place with a 1-1-0 record and a .500 winning percentage. California, Stanford and Arizona lead the way in first with a 1.000 winning percentage and a 2-0-0 record while UCLA is in fourth, also at 1.000, with a 1-0-0 record. USC is seventh (0-1-0) while Oregon, Washington State and Washington round out the standings (0-2-0).

With its 3-0 defeat of Oregon at home Sunday afternoon, Arizona State moved to within one of 100 victories all-time. Overall, Arizona State holds a 99-76-13 record in their nine-plus seasons of competition. The Sun Devils' other milestone victories include:
• No. 1: 3-0, vs. CS Northridge (at Loyola Marymount) - Sept. 6, 1996
• No. 25: 3-1, at Michigan - Sept. 10, 1999
• No. 50: 2-0, vs. Southwest Missouri State (at home) - Nov. 8, 2000
• No. 75: 1-0, vs. Rutgers (at Notre Dame) - Sept. 7, 2003
• No. 99: 3-0, vs. Oregon (at home) - Oct. 9, 2005

Not only will one victory give the Sun Devil program its 100th since becoming a varsity sport, it also will have Head Coach Ray Leone the 50th victory of his tenure at the helm of the ASU program. Heading into the weekend, Leone holds a 49-34-10 mark in Tempe.

Elizabeth Bogus is two assists away from taking over the No. 2 position in all offensive categories following another impressive weekend on the pitch. In matches with Oregon and Oregon State, Bogus netted one goal and one assist to bring her career points total to 75. Bogus moved into fourth in career assists with 17 while teammate and fellow senior Manya Makoski is second with 19.

A pair of Sun Devils, Elizabeth Bogus and Kim Bingham, are moving their ways up several of the season record lists at ASU with Bogus appearing on three. The senior currently ranks tied for eighth in game-winning goals and tied for ninth in both points (23) and goals scored (nine). Bingham, a junior goalkeeper, currently ranks ninth in saves in a season with 43.

The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in shots this season with 245 and carry an average of nearly 19 per contest on the season. Three of Arizona State's players rank among the Top 10 individually in shots, including the Top 2 in the conference, Elizabeth Bogus (74) and Brittany Cooper (67). Manya Makoski is eighth (39).

In the four major offensive categories (goals, assists, points and shots), the Sun Devils rank among the Top 3 in all four, including the lead in shots (245). Arizona State is tied for second in the Pac-10 with USC with 25 goals scored and is tied for third in assists with Arizona with 19. The Sun Devils hold the third position in points with 69. ASU's foes this weekend, Washington and Washington State, rank in the lower fourth of the conference, with the Huskies coming in 10th in all four.

Along with their standings in the shots category, Elizabeth Bogus and Manya Makoski also rank highly in other offensive categories so far this season. Bogus is second in points (23), third in goals (nine) and tied for fourth in assists (five). Makoski is sixth in goals (six) and seventh in points (15). Also ranking among the Top 10 offensively is Alissa Oldenkamp, who sits tied for sixth in assists (four).

So far this season, three freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started all 13 matches for ASU. Emily Coehlo and Brooke Simons also earned starts this year. So far this season, six of the team's seven rookies have seen playing time. Alex Dunsdon has seen action in a trio of matches while Christine Nieva and Kayla Anderson each made their first appearances in the recent weeks, including Anderson making her debut in ASU's 3-0 defeat of Oregon Sunday afternoon.

October 10-16 - Historical firsts comprise this week in Sun Devil soccer history, starting with the first season of varsity play in 1996. On Oct. 15, 1996, the Sun Devils traveled to Tucson for their first match with rival Arizona and returned to Tempe with a 4-2 victory. Three years later, ASU snapped a two-match losing streak to California as it upset the No. 20 Golden Bears, 2-0, in Tempe. The weekend of Oct. 10-12, 2003, marked the first time the Sun Devils had swept the Bay Area schools, winning 3-2 vs. California and 1-0 vs. Stanford at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.

Four different times in team history, the Sun Devils have opened a weekend series with the Washington schools by first playing Washington State before closing out the weekend with Wasington. In all four instances, the Sun Devils are 4-4-0. The last time the WSU match was first, ASU lost at home and then defeated UW in 2002. IN 1997, 1998 and 2001, the Sun Devils defeated the Cougars before falling to the Huskies. Also, the last time ASU went on the road to face the Washingtons, they swept the weekend, winning 1-0 at UW before taking a 2-1 decision at WSU.

The Cougars enter the weekend 7-5-1 and 0-2-0 in the Pac-10 following a pair of losses on the road at Stanford and California. Nine of WSU's 13 matches this season have been decided by one goal with the Cougars holding a 6-3-0 record in those matches. WSU is 2-1-0 at home this season with victories over San Francisco (4-0) and Montana (2-1) and a loss to Wake Forest (2-1).

Arizona State holds a 7-3-0 advantage in the all-time series with Washington State, the only conference foe the Sun Devils have never shut out, and has won the last three meetings in a row, all three by identical 2-1 scores. The Sun Devils won last year at home and on the road in 2003. The streak started in 2002 when ASU defeated WSU in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Overall, the Sun Devils stand 4-0-0 in Pullman.

The Huskies enter the weekend in search of their first victory of the season as they stand 0-10-3 on the year with an 0-2-0 mark in the league after a pair of 1-0 losses in the Bay Area last weekend. So far this season, Washington has played in eight matches decided by one goal with six ending in 1-0 losses. UW, which has been limited to seven goals on the year, have been shut out in their last two matches and eight of their last 10.

The Huskies hold a 5-2-1 advantage in the series, although the Sun Devils have not been defeated in each of the last three meetings. Last year, Arizona State nearly upset the fourth-ranked Huskies, instead recording a 3-3 tie. The last time the teams met in Seattle, ASU pulled out a 1-0 decision for its first victory on the road in the series.

The 2005 season of Sun Devil soccer marks the 10th year the program has competed at the varsity level. On Sept. 6, 1996, ASU traveled to Loyola Marymount for a weekend tournament and faced Cal State Northridge in its first match. At the final whistle, the Sun Devils were victorious with a 3-0 decision over the Matadors. ASU finished the season 4-11-1 in its inaugural campaign with a 2-2-1 mark in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils did have success in its home state, however, as they defeated Grand Canyon once and arch rival Arizona on two occasions, 4-2 in Tucson and 2-1 (ot) in Tempe.

After being shutout at No. 5 Santa Clara Friday (Aug. 26), senior Manya Makoski wasted no time in tallying for the Sun Devils as she needed just 1:25 to receive a pass from Elizabeth Bogus and place the ball in the back of the net. But the scoring did not stop there as Courtney Crane, following a WSU goal at the 3:33 mark, put ASU ahead again with her goal at the 5:35 mark in the first half.

For the first time this season, the Sun Devil defense, anchored by junior keeper Kim Bingham, posted a shutout of its opponent with a 1-0 defeat of UC Santa Barbara in overtime Sept. 23. The defense limited the Gauchos to just four shots in the match with Bingham recording three saves to preserve the shutout.

On the strength of her two-goal performance, including the game-winning strike against visiting UC Irvine Sept. 2, Elizabeth Bogus was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 5. Trailing, 2-1, to UCI, Bogus scored with less than five minutes remaining in regulation and then, in the second overtime, hammered a shot home for the victory. The player of the week honor is the third of her career and the eighth for the program.

The 2004 team had another solid season in the classroom as the Sun Devils shined on a university, conference and national level once again. As a team, the 2003-04 Sun Devils built a 3.37 GPA which was the best of any team on campus and ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 17 nationally among women's soccer teams. For the second year in a row, the team was honored with a Sparky Award for highest GPA.

Individually, for the second year in a row, the Sun Devils placed eight student-athletes on the Academic All-Pac-10 lists. Holly Azevedo made it three years in a row that a Sun Devil earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors by earning a place on the national first team while Manya Makoski was selected to the NSCAA's Scholar All-America Second Team.

Five student-athletes, including four seniors and one junior, will serve as captains this season for the Sun Devils. The four seniors are Elizabeth Bogus, Brittany Cooper, Stephanie Ebner and Manya Makoski while the lone junior is Kim Bingham.

The Pat Tillman Foundation and ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business have announced the first group of students to participate in the Leadership Through Action program this fall with Sun Devils Elizabeth Bogus and Katie Mahoney being selected as two of the inaugural 14 students to the program. The two-semester class at the W.P. Carey School of Business was designed to promote the growth of civic-minded leaders in Tillman's mold. Tillman was a former standout football player at ASU that completed his degree work in three and one-half years. He would later go on to the NFL and play for the Arizona Cardinals before leaving the league to join the Army Rangers. Tillman was mortally wounded in combat in Afghanistan in August 2004.

Ray Leone returns to the Arizona State sidelines for his fifth season at the helm of the Sun Devil program. Leone also is entering his 20th season overall as collegiate coach (four years as an assistant and one year as an associate head coach) and his 14th as a head coach, sporting a record of 181-92-23 as the head coach. If you include his five non-head coaching positions, Leone stands 256-124-25 in 20 seasons.

With the Sun Devils, Leone stands 46-33-10 and has led the team to two NCAA appearances (2002 and 2003), both coming to a close in the second round.

Leone first entered the collegiate coaching ranks at Berry College (NAIA) where he coached for three seasons and built a 49-13-5 record. He guided his team to national runner-up honors in 1986 before taking the crown in 1987. The team also placed fourth in 1988. From there, Leone took the reigns of the Creighton program and recorded a 50-35-5 record, including a mark of 14-3-2 in the 1993 season that still stands as the school record for wins in a season.

After four seasons as an assistant coach at Clemson and one as an associate head coach, Leone took over the Tigers and guided them to a 33-10-3 record, including the 2000 ACC title, the first for the program. For his efforts, he was selected the ACC and national coach of the year.

On April 1, 2000, Arizona State University unveiled the latest amenity in its sports facilities, the Soccer Stadium.

The Soccer Stadium features chair-back bleachers and individual seats with a capacity for 1,051 fans. The grandstand, which sits on the west side of the field, creates an exciting atmosphere due to its close proximity to the field. The stands are raised so that the first row sits eight feet over the field and is 20 feet from the sideline. Seats are accessible by either ramps or stairwells.

The Soccer Stadium features several amenities, making it the premier stadium in the Pac-10 and one of the best collegiate stadiums in the country. The stadium consists of built-in coaches' offices, a fully equipped training room, concession stand, team shop, press area and a home team locker room.

The turf consists of Bermuda grass and the penalty boxes are seeded with Tiffway 419. In the winter months, it is over-seeded with Perennial Rye grass. The dimensions of the field can vary. The ASU women's soccer team plays on a field that is 120 x 75 yards.

There are six banks of lights that allow for the versatility of night games. In addition, four suspended speakers provide superb sound quality.

The Sun Devils dropped a tough 1-0 overtime decision to Oregon State to open the weekend before rebounding with a 3-0 defeat of Oregon Sunday afternoon. Lara Kezer, Brittany Cooper and Elizabeth Bogus each scored for the Sun Devils in the victory while keeper Kim Bingham tallied her second shut out of the season.

Following their first conference road trip, the Sun Devils return to Tempe for their final home matches of the season as they face Stanford Friday night and California Sunday afternoon at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.

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