Sun Devil Soccer Announces 2022 Schedule
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Soccer will appear on Pac-12 Networks seven times in 2022 as head coach Graham Winkworth announced the team's 2022 schedule on Wednesday.
"This is always such an exciting day for all the players and staff," said Winkworth. "The team worked so hard in the off season but ultimately it's the games that really excite everyone.
"We cannot wait for August to arrive, see the fans again and hopefully send them home happy after watching some exciting soccer. This is a great schedule. The non-conference has teams that made the playoffs including opening night which will be fun. Obviously, the Pac-12 is incredible and so there will be some wonderful footballers on display all year. Please come out to support us!"
ASU will appear on Pac-12 Networks seven times in 2022:
- vs. South Dakota State (opening night on Aug. 18)
- vs. Hawaii (Aug. 21)
- vs. Pepperdine (Sept. 8)
- at USC (Oct. 9)
- vs. Utah (Oct. 14)
- at Washington State (Oct. 20)
- vs. Arizona (Nov. 4).
Included in ASU's schedule are six contests against teams that qualified for last season's NCAA Tournament: South Dakota State, Pepperdine, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington State.
ASU will be led by 2021 NCAA scoring leader Nicole Douglas who earned Third-Team All-America honors and was one 13 players named to the All-Pac-12 First Team in 2021. Douglas is coming campaign in which she set the single-season school records for goals (19) and points (45). Douglas, who was the program's first All-American since 2002, led the nation in goals (19), goals per game (0.95) and points per game (2.25). Currently with 46 career goals and 109 career points, Douglas stands in position to become the school's career leader in both categories in 2022 as she trails only ASU Hall of Famer Stacey Tullock (50 career goals, 125 career points in both categories).
As a team, the Sun Devils went 10-7-2, 2-6-2 Pac-12 last season and have now posted a double-digit win total twice (2018 and 2021) in the last four seasons and that does not include the 9-6-2 record that was good enough to earn them a berth in in the 2020 NCAA Tournament. Prior to 2018, ASU posted a double-digit win total twice in the previous 10 seasons.
See below for more information on ASU's 2022 schedule.
Thurs., Aug. 18 – vs. South Dakota State / 17-4-1, 6-2-1 Summit League – NCAA First Round in 2021
SDSU won a program record 17 games last season, won the Summit League tournament and made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. ASU won the only prior meeting 2-0 in 2018 at SDSU.
Sun. Aug. 21 – vs. Hawaii / 2-9-3, 2-5-2 Big West in 2021
ASU has won two of the three all-time meetings. As a freshman in 2014, Aly Moon tied the single-game school record with three goals in ASU's 5-2 win at Hawaii.
Thurs., Aug. 25 – at Boise State / 11-7-4, 4-4-3 Mountain West in 2021
The Broncos just missed out on an automatic NCAA Tournament berth last season after falling in the championship game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Boise State won the only prior meeting, 2-0, in 2013 in Tempe.
Sun., Aug. 28 – at Denver / 13-6-2, 8-0-1 Summit League in 2021
Last season the Pioneers won the Summit League regular season title and made it to the championship game of the Summit League Tournament for the fifth-straight season where they fell to South Dakota State. The all-time series is tied 1-1-1.
Thurs., Sept. 1 – vs. UAB / 7-9-3, 4-3-1 Conference USA in 2021
The Blazers came up one win short of the Conference USA Tournament championship game after dropping a 2-1 decision to Southern Miss in the semifinals. In the first meeting between the two teams last season, defenders Lieske Carleer and Lucy Johnson both found the back of the net and Olivia Nguyen scored her fourth goal of the season in ASU's 5-1 win at UAB.
Sun., Sept. 4 – vs. Georgia Southern / 11-7-4, 4-3-3 Sun Belt in 2021
Georgia Southern tied for third in the Sun Belt league standings – the best finish since joining the league in 2014 – and made its first appearance in the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship match. This will be the first meetings between the Sun Devils and the Eagles.
Thurs., Sept. 8 – vs. Pepperdine / 17-4-1, 6-2-1 WCC – NCAA Round of 16 in 2021
In 2021, Pepperdine matched its best-ever NCAA Tournament showing, making the Round of 16 for the fourth time. With 17 wins, the Waves finished one shy of the program record (18 in 2002). The series is tied 3-3-3 with ASU winning the most recent meeting in Tucson in 2015.
Sun., Sept. 18 – vs. Toledo / 10-6-4, 5-4-2 MAC in 2021
Toledo returns 24 members from its 2021 squad that earned a 10-6-4 record, its best record since 2017,and closed out its season with an appearance in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. This will be the first meeting between the Sun Devils and the Rockets.
Fri., Sept. 23 – at Colorado / 8-7-4, 3-4-4 Pac-12 in 2021
Douglas scored a pair of goals – the ninth multi-goal outing of her Sun Devil career – Nguyen added her sixth goal of the season and freshman goalkeeper Julia Ortega made seven saves in the Sun Devil soccer team's 3-2 win over Colorado in 2021.
Thurs., Sept. 29 – vs. Cal / 8-7-3, 4-6-1 Pac-12 in 2021
ASU dropped a 1-0 contest at Cal in a game most remembered for a last-minute change of venue due to rain.
Sun. Oct. 2 – vs. Stanford / 13-6-1, 7-3-1 Pac-12 – NCAA First Round in 2021
The Sun Devil soccer team – ranked among the top 35 teams in the nation in scoring offense, assists per game and points per game at the start of the week – was held scoreless in a 2-0 loss to No. 14 Stanford on the road in 2021.
Thurs., Oct. 6 – at UCLA / 16-1-3, 8-0-3 Pac-12 – Pac-12 Champions – NCAA First Round in 2021
The Sun Devil soccer team gave third-ranked UCLA all it wanted – and then some – in the Bruins' 4-3 overtime win in Tempe last season. The Sun Devils scored more goals in the first half (three) than the Bruins had given up in all 10 of their games combined (two) coming into the game. The three goals were the most scored against the Bruins since the 2019 NCAA Tournament – a span of 27 games.
Sun. Oct. 9 – at USC / 14-3-3, 8-1-2 Pac-12 – NCAA Second Round in 2021
Douglas' 12th goal of the season was not enough offense in Tempe last season as the visiting Trojans came away with a 2-1 win.
Fri., Oct. 14 – vs. Utah / 6-10-4, 1-7-3 Pac-12 in 2021
History was made at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium last Halloween as a trio of single-season records were broken in the Sun Devil soccer team's 4-1 win over Utah. Douglas broke ASU Hall of Famer Stacey Tullock's 22-year-old school record for most goals in a season when she scored her 18th in the game's 74th minute. Combined with her assist in the fourth minute of play, the goal gave Douglas 42 points for the season, one more than Tullock's final number of 41 in 1999. Also getting in on the record-breaking act was Eva van Deursen whose two assists in Sunday's win gave her 10 for the season propelling her into the program's top spot for most assists in a season (previous record of nine was set by Manya Makoski in 2002).
Thurs., Oct. 20 – at Washington State / 14-3-4, 7-1-3 Pac-12 in 2021
Down 2-0 after 30 minutes of game time in last season's contest vs. WSU, ASU was faced with this task: To get any kind of result they would have to score two goals against the nation's top team in goals-against average and the top goalkeeper in goals-against average. ASU responded to the challenge with one of its best performances of the as Olivia Kearse-Thomas and Douglas both found the back of the net in a game that ended in a 2-2 draw in front of a season-high 1,425 fans at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.
Sun., Oct. 23 – at Washington / 6-8-4, 4-4-3 Pac-12 in 2021
The Sun Devils and Huskies battled to a 2-2 draw last year in Seattle. Douglas scored both of ASU's goals.
Thurs., Oct. 27 – vs. Oregon / 9-4-6, 4-4-3 Pac-12 in 2021
Despite statistical advantages of 11-6 in shots and 8-1 in shots on goal against the Ducks were able to escape with a 1-0 win in Eugene.
Thurs., Oct. 30 – vs. Oregon State / 11-7-1, 3-7-1 Pac-12 in 2021
Although the Sun took six more shots (16-10) than the Beavers, OSU came awa with a 2-1 win last season in Corvallis.
Fri., Nov. 4 – vs. Arizona / 5-13, 2-9 Pac-12 in 2021
Douglas, the nation's top goal scorer, found the back of net in the 82nd minute for the 19th time to force overtime in the Sun Devil soccer team's contest at Arizona. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, a penalty kick awarded to Arizona – the product of an unintentional handball in the box called on ASU – brought the game to an abrupt end as the Sun Devils came up on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision.