Soccer Plays Final Home Matches of 2005 This Weekend
Oct. 18, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 2005 home schedule comes to a close this weekend for the Arizona State University soccer team as No. 25 Stanford and No. 10 California invade the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium for a pair of Pac-10 matches. The Sun Devils (8-5-2, 3-1-0 Pac-10) open the weekend Friday night at 7 p.m. by taking on the Cardinal (8-4-1, 2-1-0) before playing their final home match of the season Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Golden Bears (10-2-1, 3-0-0).
Arizona State's home on the web, www.thesundevils.com, will carry the Sun Devils' matches this weekend on Gametracker and fans can access the game stats by going to the soccer schedule page. Fans also can visit www.theblaze1260.com, the home of ASU Student Radio, for sound clips of the games once they are posted on the site.
Seniors Elizabeth Bogus, Kelley Bond, Brittany Cooper, Stephanie Ebner, Juanita Lawson, Manya Makoski and Haley Stein will be appearing in their final home weekend this week, capping a solid four years of service to the program and university. In the time the seven student-athletes have been members of the program, ASU has built a 41-26-9 overall record and a 17-11-3 mark in Pac-10 matches. The Sun Devils also stand 2-0-1 against intrastate rival Arizona and advanced to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA tournaments, winning their opening round matches before falling in the second round.
IN THE STANDINGS
With two weekends of conference action in the books, the Sun Devils currently sit tied for third place overall with Arizona, both holding 3-1-0 records and nine points. UCLA and California stand 3-0-0 with nine points, but are tied for first overall based on their perfect winning percentage. Stanford, the Sun Devils' other opponent this weekend, is fifth in the league with six points and a 2-1-0 record.
STRONG LEAGUE START
Arizona State improved to 3-1-0 in the Pac-10 over the weekend to equal its best start in conference play. In the 10 years the Sun Devils have competed in the Pac-10, the team's best start has been 3-1-0, including the 1997 and 1998 seasons. In 1997, ASU would go on to win its next two matches and finish the season with a 5-3-1 mark in the league. In 1998, the Sun Devils lost their next match and completed the Pac-10 slate at 4-5-0.
When Arizona State defeated Washington State, 4-2, in Pullman, Wash., on Friday, Oct. 14, the Sun Devils not only secured their seventh win of the season, but also captured the 100th victory in the history of the program. ASU's win total is now up to 101 following a 3-0 defeat of Washington Sunday, Oct. 16. 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. 100: 4-2, at Washington State - Oct. 14, 2005
The Sun Devil program reaching 100 wins at Washington State was not the only milestone achieved over the weekend. With the same 4-2 victory, Ray Leone, the fifth-year head coach of the Sun Devils, recorded the 50th win of his tenure in Tempe. Overall, Leone is 51-34-10.
Entering the season, senior Haley Stein had not scored a goal in her career. Then, against UNLV, she tallied the lone goal in a 2-1 setback. Over the weekend, Stein doubled her career output as she scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, against Washington State on Friday night. With the score tied at one, Stein scored to break the tie, only to see WSU tie the match at two a few minutes later. With under 10 minutes remaining, Stein once again broke the tie and sent ASU on to a 4-2 victory.
I CALL HER, NUMBER TWO
On the strength of a two-goal, one-assist performance over the weekend, Elizabeth Bogus joined an elite ASU list as she became just the second Sun Devil to record 80+ points and 30+ goals. Her career totals are now 80 points on 31 goals and 18 assists.
COOPER NETS THREE
Brittany Cooper scored once against Washington State and twice against Washington over the weekend to raise her season total to seven goals and bring her career collection to 29. She is one goal away from joining Elizabeth Bogus (31) and Stacey Tullock (49) as the only Sun Devils to record 30+ goals in a career.
MAY I HELP YOU?
Manya Makoski moved to within two assists of the school record over the weekend as she helped on three of the team's seven goals scored at the Washington schools. Overall, Stacey Tullock leads the way with 24 career helpers while Makoski has collected 22.
WARNING: SHOOTING RANGE
The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in shots this season with 271 and carry an average of nearly 18 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 (80) and Brittany Cooper (73). Manya Makoski is eighth (43).
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 (271). Arizona State is second in the Pac-10 with 32 goals scored (three behind UCLA) and is second points with 87 (UCLA has 102). The Sun Devils hold the third position in assists with 23 with UCLA (32) and USC (28) leading the way.
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 (28), third in goals (11) and tied for third in assists (six). Makoski is tied for third in assists (six), seventh in points (18) and eighth in goals (six) while Brittany Cooper is tied for sixth in goals (seven) and ninth in points (16). Also ranking among the Top 10 offensively is Alissa Oldenkamp, who sits tied for eighth in assists (four).
So far this season, three freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started all 15 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 four 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.
ASU SOCCER HISTORY
October 17-23 - This week in Sun Devil soccer history has not been too kind to the ASU program, unless you are talking about meetings with Arizona. Twice during the week, the Sun Devils and Wildcats have met with ASU winning 1-0 last year at home and recording a 1-1 tie in 2003 in Tucson. The tie in 2003 is the only non-victory in the series that ASU leads, 9-0-1.
On three different occasions, the Sun Devils have faced California and Stanford in the same weekend when both held Top 25 national rankings, recording at least one win in each of those three instances. The last time it happened was last year when ASU traveled to the Bay Area and upset No. 14 California, 1-0, before falling to No. 10 Stanford, 2-1. The other two times both came in Tempe. In 2001, the Sun Devils shocked No. 2 Stanford, 1-0 (1ot), before tying No. 23 California, 1-1. In 1999, ASU downed No. 20 California, 2-0, before No. 16 Stanford slipped by, 3-2.
SWEEPING THE HOUSE
The last time the Bay Area schools were in town was the 2003 season when ASU swept both halves of the weekend. The Sun Devils downed California, 3-2, to open the weekend before closing it out with a 1-0 victory over Stanford.
SCOUTING - STANFORD
The Cardinal, ranked No. 25 this week, are 8-4-1 overall and 2-1-0 in the Pac-10 this year, ranking near the bottom of most offensive categories in the conference and near the top of the defensive ones. Although the team is ninth in points and goals, they rank third in both goals allowed and goals against average. Keeper Alex Gamble leads the Cardinal with a 0.94 goals against average and six shut outs on the season.
SUN DEVILS VS. CARDINAL
Although the Cardinal hold a 4-3-1 advantage in the series, the Sun Devils have the upper hand in matches played in Tempe with a mark of 2-1-1. In the last meeting Stanford won, 2-1, in Palo Alto, but Arizona State won the last meeting in Tempe, 1-0, during the 2003 season.
SCOUTING - CALIFORNIA
Ranked No. 10 in the latest polls, the Golden Bears are 10-2-1 overall and 3-0-0 in the Pac-10 so far this season. The top defensive unit in the Pac-10, California has allowed just five goals in 13 games this season (0.38) while scoring the fifth-most at 23. Keeper Ashley Sulprizio leads the conference in shut outs (7) and goals against average (0.32) while posting a .882 save percentage on the year.
SUN DEVILS VS. GOLDEN BEARS
Just like the series with the Cardinal, the Golden Bears hold a 4-3-1 advantage in the series and, again like the first series, the Sun Devils are 2-1-1 in matches played in Tempe. Arizona State has won the last two meetings including a 1-0 decision in Berkeley a year ago and a 3-2 match in 2003.
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.
FASTEST LEG IN THE WEST
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.
DEFENSE STANDS TALL
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. Since then, ASU has recorded two shut outs, including a 3-0 decision over Washington last weekend.
BOGUS NETS GOALS, HONOR
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.
TWO TILLMAN SCHOLARS
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.
LAST TIME ON THE PITCH
Arizona State went 2-for-2 in the state of Washington over the weekend as it handed Washington State a 4-2 setback before defeating Washington, 3-0. In the first match, Haley Stein scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, while Brittany Cooper and Elizabeth Bogus also adding scores in the victory. On Sunday, Kim Bingham picked up her third shut out of the season while Cooper netted two scores and Bogus one in the victory over the Huskies.
NEXT TIME OUT
Traveling will be the name of the game for the Sun Devils in the coming weeks as they are set to play their final three regular season contests on the road. Next weekend, Arizona State will travel to Tucson to face archrival Arizona in a 7 p.m. contest on Oct. 28. The Sun Devils close out the season on the road the following weekend when they travel to the Los Angeles area to meet USC on Friday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. and then No. 4 UCLA on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m.