Rivalry Week: Soccer Heads to No. 25 Arizona Saturday

Oct. 25, 2005

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Three matches remain in the regular season for the Arizona State University soccer team as they look to earn a berth into the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. The final three matches, all of which are on the road, begin this weekend as the Sun Devils (8-6-3, 3-2-1 Pac-10) travel to Tucson to meet intrastate rival No. 25 Arizona (9-4-3, 4-1-1 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

With two weekends remaining in conference action, the Sun Devils enter the weekend in fifth place with 10 points and a 3-2-1 record against the Pac-10. ASU's lone opponent this weekend, Arizona, is currently third at 4-1-1 with 13 points. UCLA and California are tied for first with 13 points and a 4-0-1 record.

With a 3-2-1 record in the Pac-10 this season, the Sun Devils are one win away from continuing its eight year streak of recording four or more victories against conference foes, dating back to the 1997 campaign. The lone season ASU was unable to record four or more came in its first season of competition, 1996, when it finished 2-2-1. Since then, the Sun Devils have recorded four victories on five occasions, five wins twice and six wins once.

When Arizona State defeated Washington State, 4-2, in Pullman, Wash., on 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 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 that 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 51-35-11.

Prior to the start of the conference season, the Sun Devils had recorded just one shut out on the season, a 1-0 overtime defeat of visiting UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 23). Since Pac-10 play began, the Arizona State defense has limited its conference foes to four goals scored in six matches while posting three shut outs (Oregon, Washington, Stanford). During the conference season, keeper Kim Bingham has stopped 19 of 23 shots, including five against Stanford, to lead the defense.

The defense certainly will have its work cut out for it this weekend as Arizona ranks third in the conference in shots and has the league's leading scorer in Mallory Miller, who has a Pac-10-best 17 goals scored and 38 total points.

With its 0-0 tie against No. 25 Stanford over the weekend, Arizona State played its first match ever to end in a scoreless draw. In the 10 years the program has competed at the varsity level, ASU had ended 13 matches in a tie with scores of either 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3.

The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in shots this season with 300 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 (88) and Brittany Cooper (78). Manya Makoski is eighth (51). As a team, the 300 shots taken this season rank as the third-most in school history, trailing only the 326 attempted by the 2000 squad and the 313 taken by the 1998 team.

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 (300). Arizona State is second in the Pac-10 with 32 goals scored (seven behind UCLA) and is third in points with 87 (UCLA has 113). The Sun Devils also hold the third position in assists with 23 with UCLA (35) and USC (32) 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), eighth in points (18) and eighth in goals (six) while Brittany Cooper is seventh in goals (seven) and tied for 10th in points (16). Also ranking among the Top 10 offensively is Alissa Oldenkamp, who sits tied for ninth in assists (four).

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. On the road in Washington, Stein doubled her career output as she scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner against Washington State on Oct. 14. 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.

On the strength of a two-goal, one-assist performance in Washington (Oct. 14-16), 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.

Brittany Cooper scored once against Washington State and twice against Washington (Oct. 14-16) 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.

Manya Makoski moved to within two assists of the school record (Oct. 14-16) 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.

So far this season, four freshmen have earned starts for the Sun Devils, including Kylla Sjoman, who has started all 17 matches for ASU. Emily Coehlo and Brooke Simons also earned starts this year with Christine Nieva cracking the starting lineup last Sunday against No. 10 California. So far this season, six of the team's seven rookies have seen playing time. Alex Dunsdon has seen action in four matches 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.

October 24-30 - A trio of victories highlight this week in Sun Devil soccer history, including one win over the Wildcats. Back in 1997, the second year ASU was a varsity team, the squad picked up its first conference weekend sweep when the Oregon schools came to town. The Sun Devils opened the weekend with a 4-0 shut out of Oregon State on Oct. 24, 1997, before closing out the slate with a 2-0 defeat of Oregon on Oct. 26. The final victory of this week in history came back in 2000 when the Sun Devils defeated Arizona, 3-1, at home.

The Wildcats are currently third in the Pac-10 standings with a 4-1-1 record in conference play and a 9-4-3 mark overall. The defending Pac-10 champions are led by Mallory Miller, who leads the conference in scoring with 38 points on 17 goals and four assists. Defensively, the Wildcats have McCall Smith in the goal, the conference's leader with 84 saves and second overall with eight shut outs.

The Sun Devils have faced their intrastate rival on 10 occasions and hold a 9-0-1 all-time record in the series. Arizona State had won eight in a row before the two teams tied, 1-1, in the 2003 meeting, the last time they met in Tucson. The Sun Devils took the last meeting, 1-0, during the 2004 season. Overall, the Sun Devils have outscored the Wildcats, 25-9, in the 10 matches with a 14-9 scoring margin in Tucson.

In three meetings with the Wildcats, the Sun Devil seniors have been the offensive leaders to help post a 2-0-1 record against their rivals. Overall, Elizabeth Bogus and Manya Makoski have each scored three points on one goal and one assist against UA with Brittany Cooper adding two points on one goal. Haley Stein and Stephanie Ebner also have added assists to give the current seniors 10 of the 17 points recorded in the last three meetings.

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.

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 183-93-24 as the head coach. If you include his five non-head coaching positions, Leone stands 258-125-26 in 20 seasons.

With the Sun Devils, Leone stands 51-33-10 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.

The Sun Devils closed out their 2005 home slate over the weekend with the Bay Area schools coming to Tempe. The weekend opened Friday with the Sun Devils and No. 25 Stanford playing to a 0-0 tie, the first in the history of the Arizona State program. On Sunday, which also was senior day, the Sun Devils faced No. 10 California and fell in a 1-0 contest. Seniors Elizabeth Bogus, Kelley Bond, Brittany Cooper, Stephanie Ebner, Juanita Lawson, Manya Makoski and Haley Stein each played in their final home match for the Sun Devils.

The Sun Devils close out the regular season on the road next 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. From there, the team will await word from the NCAA to see if they are one of the teams invited to compete in the post season.

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