Coming off its first road trip of the season the Arizona State women’s soccer team (2-1) returns home this weekend to host the annual Sun Devil Classic. The Sun Devils will open with Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m. (preceded by Arizona vs. Kansas at 4:30 p.m.) before closing the weekend on Sunday when they host Kansas at 1:30 p.m. (preceded by Arizona vs. Illinois at 11 a.m.). This weekend’s contests represent the first of six consecutive contests the Sun Devils will play in the state of Arizona (four in Tempe and two in Tucson).
ASU is currently receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll and is ranked fifth in the Pacific Region.
Both of ASU’s contests this weekend can be seen live via a free webcast. The webcasts can be accessed at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university. Jason Galvin (play by play) and former Sun Devil standout Patrice Feulner (analyst) will call the action.
Split a pair of 3-1 contests, losing at current No. 24 Texas A&M and winning at Stephen F. Austin... The win at SFA ended the Ladyjacks’ 23-game unbeaten streak, which went back to the 2010 season... Sophomore forward Cali Farquharson scored three of ASU’s four goals last weekend (ASU’s lone goal at Texas A&M and two at Stephen F. Austin)... Senior forward Devin Marshall scored her first goal of the season at SFA... RS-Freshman Lucy Lara had an assist in her Sun Devil debut at SFA... After holding their own over the first 17-plus minutes at Texas A&M, the Sun Devils gave up two goals over the span of 3:38 in the first half... ASU cut the lead to 2-1 in the 52nd minute when sophomore forward Cali Farquharson stole a pass intended for A&M’s keeper and sent her shot into the empty net... The Sun Devils pressed but were unable to come up with the equalizer before the Aggies extended their lead to 3-1 with a goal in the 84th minute... The Sun Devils had the same starting lineup at Texas A&M they went with in their season opener but would change things up at SFA with Mackenzie Semerad and Mckenzie Grossman making their first career starts... At SFA, Farquharson gave the Sun Devils the lead with a goal in the 20th minute... Despite outplaying SFA for much of the game, ASU was not able to extend its lead until the 80th minute when Marshall scored her first goal of the season... Farquharson would seal the win with her second goal of the game (fourth of the season) in the 86th minute.
Last season Illinois (3-1) finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten and made its 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament (lost in the second round to North Carolina). The Illini are receiving votes in the NSCAA’s national poll and are ranked fifth in the Great Lakes Region. RS-junior forward Jannelle Flaws, who is tied for first in the Big Ten in goals per game (1.25), was named the conference’s offensive player of the week after she scored four goals in last week’s wins over College of Charleston and Illinois State.
Friday’s game will be the first meeting between the Sun Devils and Illini.
Kansas (3-1) has won its last three games since dropping its season opener, a 1-0 decision at Arkansas. The Jayhawks, who are receiving votes in the NSCAA’s national poll and are ranked sixth in the Central Region, have outscored their last three opponents (Pacific, Missouri State and Purdue) 8-1.
Sunday’s game will be the third all-time meeting between the Sun Devils and Jayhawks. Kansas defeated ASU 1-0 in Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008. The two teams played to a 2-2 draw last year in Lawrence, Kan.
SETTING THE SCENE FOR 2013
ASU has made the NCAA Tournament three times out of the last four years, a feat that has only been accomplished one other time in program history. The Sun Devils, who were picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 by the league’s coaches, will be looking to carry over the momentum they established at the end of last season (went 4-0-1 in last five regular season games to earn NCAA Tournament bid) and during the 2013 spring season (won all nine games).
SUN DEVIL SOCCER RETURNS PAC-12’S TOP SCORING DUO IN 2013
The Arizona State women’s soccer team features the Pac-12’s top returning duo in combined goals per game in the form of senior Devin Marshall and sophomore Cali Farquharson.
Last season, the play of Marshall and Farquharson proved to be a significant factor in helping the Sun Devils make their third NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons. Together, Marshall (0.56 goals per game/second in the Pac-12) and Farquharson (0.50 goals per game/sixth in the Pac-12) combined to average more than a goal a game for the Sun Devils, whose 1.51 goals-per-game average in 2012 was their highest average since the 2005 season when they averaged 1.66.
Arguably one of the most exciting players in the country to watch with her one-of-a-kind, go-after-it style, Marshall finished second on the team in both goals (nine – seventh in the Pac-12) and points (20 – t10th in the Pac-12) last season. However the most important statistic that illustrates Marshall’s effectiveness is goals per game where she had the Pac-12’s second-best mark (0.56) in 2012. Marshall, who was named second-team All-Pac-12 last season, did not play in five of ASU’s games last season and missed the majority of two others – including ASU’s NCAA Tournament game against Baylor – because of injury. Marshall, who scored her first goal of the 2013 season in ASU’s win at Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 2), is currently 10th on ASU’s all-time list in both career goals (17) and career points (42).
Farquharson was one of the top newcomers in the Pac-12 last season as she finished first on the team and tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in goals with 10 on her way to being named to the Pac-12’s All-Freshman Team. A Valley native (Shadow Mountain HS/Phoenix, Ariz), Farquharson also led the team and finished tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in points with 24. Her 10 goals tied for the seventh-highest single-season total by a Sun Devil while her 24 points were the 10th-highest single-season total in program history. Farquharson’s three goals against USC tied both the school record and the highest single-game total by a Pac-12 player in 2012. Her eight points (three goals, two assists) against the Women of Troy set a new single-game school record and were the most by any Pac-12 player in 2012.
Farquharson has scored four of ASU’s six goals this season. She scored one goal against both Cal State Northridge (Aug. 23) and Texas A&M (Aug. 30) before notching a pair of goals in ASU’s win at Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 2). Farquharson’s two goals against SFA represented the third time in her career she scored multiple goals in a single game.
Going back to last season, Farquharson has now scored at least one goal in seven of ASU’s last eight games, including the last six in a row. She has scored the game winner three times in that six-game stretch.
As has been the case in recent years, the Sun Devils will play one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2013. ASU will face five teams that were ranked in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25 (three of those five squads reside in the Pac-12 Conference).
Aug. 30 – at Texas A&M (#12 preseason)
Sept. 13 – vs. Texas Tech (#24 preseason)
Oct. 4 - at California (#20 preseason)
Oct. 6 - at Stanford (#2 preseason)
Oct. 18 - at UCLA (#5 preseason)
• ASU’s 1.51 goals per-game average last season was its best mark since 2005, when it averaged 1.66.
• Going back to 2012, ASU has won 10 of the 11 contests in which it has scored first. The only game it did not win when it scored first was at Oregon State (Oct. 19, 2012), a game which ended in a 1-1 tie.
• Senior defender Jasmine Roth has started 60/62 career games, including all 21 last season.
• Redshirt sophomore Chandler Morris’ five shutouts last season tied her for sixth place in team annals for most shutouts in a single season. She added her sixth career shutout in the 2013 season opener, a 2-0 ASU win.
• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games.
KEVIN BOYD ESTABLISHING WINNING TRADITION FOR SUN DEVIL SOCCER
The 2013 Sun Devils are aiming for their fourth NCAA appearance in five seasons, something that would be a first for the program.
The soccer program’s recent run of success has come under the tutelage of Kevin Boyd, who is in his seventh season as ASU’s soccer coach. Boyd came to ASU after leading Cal to eight NCAA Tournament appearances in 10 years. His last recruiting class at Cal included a name soccer fans from all walks of life are familiar with – Alex Morgan.
At ASU, Boyd has already planted the seeds to establish a winning tradition. In his previous six seasons at ASU, Boyd has led the Sun Devils to as many NCAA appearances (3) as the program had in the 11 seasons prior to his arrival.
Last season Boyd led a relatively young Sun Devil squad to a tie for fourth place in the Pac-12, ASU’s highest finish in league play since the 2004 season.
Currently with 56 wins as ASU’s head coach, needs five wins to become Sun Devil Soccer’s all-time leader in career wins.
SUN DEVIL SOCCER TO APPEAR ON PAC-12 NETWORKS SIX TIMES IN 2013
Six Arizona State University women’s soccer games will be among 58 women’s soccer matchups televised live by Pac-12 Networks in 2013.
The Sun Devils will make their 2013 Pac-12 Networks debut on Fri., Sept. 20 (4:30 p.m. PT), when they host Boise State in the first of four consecutive televised games. The following weekend (Sun., Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.) ASU will open conference play on Pac-12 Networks when it hosts USC. The game against the Trojans will be a rematch of last year’s contest in Tempe, won by the Sun Devils 5-4 in double overtime in a game in which then-freshman Cali Farquharson tied the single-game school record for goals (3) and set the single-game school record for points (8).
One week later Pac-12 Networks will be on hand for both of ASU’s contests in the Bay Area against Cal (Fri., Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. PT) and Stanford (Sun., Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. PT).
The Sun Devils will be featured on Pac-12 Networks the last two weekends of the regular season, starting with their final regular season home game against Utah (Sun., Nov. 3 at Noon MT) and concluding with ASU’s Territorial Cup Series contest at Arizona (Thurs., Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. MT).
On the academic side, the Sun Devils have earned 70 Pac-10/12 All-Academic awards in Boyd’s six seasons, including 19 first-team members and 10 second-team members. ASU’s 16 first-team commendations the last five seasons (2008-12) are the most of any school in the Pac-12 during that span. In addition, soccer student-athletes have combined for six Academic All-America awards since 2007.
In June 2012, Sun Devil Soccer was among three ASU teams recognized by the NCAA for recording an Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent nationally.