Sun Devils vs. Saints Set for Wednesday
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Sun Devil Soccer (8-5-2, 4-4-2) looks to pour another glass of lemonade on a memorable 2020-21 season as the squad makes its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014 against the Siena Saints (6-0-2, 4-0-1) on Wednesday, April 28 at 12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. MST on ESPN3.
The match is available to stream on the ESPN app or online through Watch ESPN.
Arizona State finished the regular season in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference table after being picked last in the Preseason Coaches Poll. The team collected monumental conference wins against reigning national champions Stanford, No. 3 UCLA. and USC, becoming only the fourth team in history to beat those three teams in a single season.
Smile if your team is going to the tournament ?? pic.twitter.com/KT3ZppPBQM
— Sun Devil Soccer (@SunDevilSoccer) April 24, 2021
Head coach Graham Winkworth and company boasted an undefeated non-conference slate, including an overtime comeback thriller at Grand Canyon to protect the win-streak. ASU extended its unbeaten streak into conference play, tallying ties with Washington and Oregon. The Sun Devils went through half of the entire regular season before suffering their first loss, ending their undefeated streak at eight games.
The Pac-12 Conference is well represented in the 2020 NCAA Tournament. ASU is one of five Pac-12 teams in the postseason, along with No. 3 seed UCLA, No. 8 seed USC, Colorado, and Washington.
The Siena Saints represent the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), a Division I conference with 11 member institutions across New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York. The Saints are fresh off of winning their conference championship title after an eight-game conference-only regular season.
We're ready to represent State 48! Appreciate the support! ???? https://t.co/3uXGlozCxA
— Sun Devil Soccer (@SunDevilSoccer) April 20, 2021
The winner of the first round match will face No. 9-seeded Duke (10-5-3, 4-2-2) on Saturday, May 1.
SHOW ME THE FACTS
- Alexia Delgado, Lieske Carleer, Nicole Douglas, and Jazmine Wilkinson earned All-Pac-12 nominations last week.
- ASU is in the top-three in all major statistical categories: assists per game, fouls per game, PPG, scoring offense, shots on goal per game, total assists, and total points.
- The squad boasts accurate, offensive prowess, leading the Pac-12 Conference with a .502 shot accuracy.
- Nicole Douglas continues to lead the team in game-winning goals (3), goals per game (.53), points per game (1.27), shot accuracy (.547), shots per game (3.53), shots on goal per game (1.93), total goals (8), and total points (19). Her eight goals are third in the Pac-12.
- Giulia Cascapera's 51 saves this season is seventh in the conference
- Alexia Delgado's six assists leads the team and is tied for second in the Pac-12.
- The Sun Devils' high press style saw them send 207 shots in the regular season - third-most in the Pac-12 behind UCLA and UW.
- Seniors Jessica Hale reached 47 career games, Olive Jones boasted 63, and Lara Barbieri finished the regular season with 13. All three seniors have decided to return next season.