Spring Soccer Update: ASU Women's Soccer Finishes 2-1 in Tournament

March 10, 2009

by Hannah Messick

The morning dew was still thick when the Arizona State women’s soccer team began a six-team tournament on Saturday morning.

In their first game of the tournament against Southern Utah University the Sun Devils struck early and often against the Thunderbirds, netting 4 goals in the game. Karin Volpe assisted Sierra Cook for the first goal; Rachael Sheridan chalked up the second goal from a bending shot off the endline; Sierra Cook set up Jill Shoquist for the third goal; and Alexandra Elston connected with Cook for the forth and final goal of the match. 

Hours later the Sun Devils would take the field again against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Sun Devils’ only goal of the game came off a penalty kick when Alexandra Elston was taken down inside the 18-yard box. Moments later Cook stepped up and netted the Sun Devils’ lone goal against the Huskers. ASU tested some creative lineups that proved to be threatening on corner kicks, but overall lead was not able to generate enough offense in the 3-1 loss.

The last match of the day for ASU showcased an instate contest as ASU took on Northern Arizona. The Sun Devils linked together a string of dangerous attacks early in the first half that were sealed by Lindsey Johns’ goal in the 25th minute.  Johns broke past her defender at the top of the 18-yard box, then went 1-on-1 with the Lumberjack goalkeeper and deftly beat her nearpost. Cook carried the Sun Devils’ momentum into the second half when she took on and broke down the NAU defense with a chain of illusive moves that ended in her forth goal on the day. Then, with 10 minutes remaining in the match, Alexandra Elston calmly tucked away a deflected ball to seal ASU’s 3-0 win over the Lumberjacks.

The Sun Devils put together two convincing victories on the day and were able to test out new lineups, try new moves, and focus on individual player development in preparation for the fall season. The team will return to action in a few weeks against Wyoming and Okalahoma on March 29th. 

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