The Arizona State women’s soccer team (5-2) returns home this Friday (4:30 p.m. PT) to host Boise State (4-2-2) in its final non-conference matchup.
The Sun Devils enter this week’s action having won their last six regular season home games going back to last season.
Pac-12 Networks will be televising Friday’s game. Jason Knapp (play by play) and Kyndra de St. Aubin (analyst) will call the game.
IN THE POLLS
The Sun Devils are receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA Top 25.
The Sun Devils split their two contests at the Cats Classic in Tucson, falling to No. 24 Texas Tech 1-0 (OT) and defeating Southern Utah 4-0… The loss to Texas Tech snapped ASU’s three-game winning streak and represented only their third loss in their last 10 games decided by one goal... ASU closed out the weekend with a convincing win over Southern Utah... Cali Farquharson (two goals), Holland Crook (one goal, one assist) and Sara Tosti (one goal) all found the back of the net for the Sun Devils, who scored a season-high four goals for the third time this season... Farquharson, Crook and Kaitlyn Pavlovich were named to the Cats Classic All-Tournament Team... Overall, ASU is 9-2-1 in its last 12 regular season games going back to 2012.
KEVIN BOYD APPROACHING CAREER WINS RECORD
Seventh-year head coach Kevin Boyd is approaching the Sun Devil soccer program’s record for career wins. Currently 59-54-14, Boyd needs two more wins to surpass Ray Leone, who recorded 60 wins as ASU’s head coach from 2001-06. Boyd is only the third head coach in the history of the program, which started in 1996.
SCOUTING BOISE STATE
Boise State (4-2-2) is undefeated in its last five games (3-0-2). Arizona State will be the Broncos’ third Pac-12 opponent of the season. Boise State won at Washington 1-0 (Sept. 1) and played Washington State to a scoreless tie (Sept. 5). During the Broncos’ five-game unbeaten streak they have only allowed one goal, which came in their last game at North Dakota, a 3-1 win.
Friday’s game will be the first meeting between the Broncos and Sun Devils.
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
Senior Devin Marshall (0.56 goals per game/second in the Pac-12) and sophomore Cali Farquharson (0.50 goals per game/sixth in the Pac-12) entered 2013 as the Pac-12’s top returning duo in combined goals per game (1.06). They have continued to hold true to form this season as they have combined to average 2.0 goals per game (Farquharson 1.29 and Marshall 0.71), which still makes them the leading pair in the Pac-12.
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 they contributed to ASU’s 1.51 goals-per-game average in 2012, which was its highest average since the 2005 season when it averaged 1.66.
Marshall (five goals, two assists) and Farquharson (seven goals, one assist) have combined for 12 goals and three assists in ASU’s last five games.
DEVIN MARSHALL EARNS PAC-12 AND NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Earlier this month senior forward Devin Marshall was named both the Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week after she helped lead the Sun Devils to a 4-3 double-overtime win over Illinois (Sept. 6) and a 4-0 win over Kansas (Sept. 8) in the annual Sun Devil Classic.
Marshall, who was named the Sun Devil Classic MVP, tallied four goals on the weekend, tying her single-game career-high with two in each game, and assisted on teammate Cali Farquharson’s game-winning goal in the 107th minute in the win over Illinois.
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 has scored five goals this season, currently ranks tied for sixth in the Pac-12 in both goals per game (0.71) and points per game (1.71).
With her four goals in the Sun Devil Classic, Marshall moved into eighth place on ASU’s all-time list with 21 career goals. She needs three more to pass Antoinette Marjanovic (1997, 99-01) for seventh place. Marshall is also in ninth place on ASU’s all-time points list with 52. She needs six more points to pass Karine Inoue (1997-2000) for eighth place.
FEAR THE FARQ
Combining with Marshall to give the Sun Devils one of the most dangerous one-two scoring combos in the country is sophomore forward Cali Farquharson. Farquharson, who earned Pac-12 All-Freshman honors last season, is currently first on the team and the Pac-12 and third in the nation in goals (9). She also leads the team, is tied for first in the Pac-12 and is No. 6 in the nation in points (19).
A Valley native (Shadow Mountain HS/Phoenix, Ariz), Farquharson led ASU in goals (10) and points (24) in 2012. 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 last season 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 USC also set a new single-game school record and were the most by any Pac-12 player in 2012.
Farquharson, who owns the school record for most consecutive games scoring a goal (last three games in 2012 and first five games of 2013), was named to the Sun Devil Classic All-Tournament team following a weekend in which she produced three goals and one assist in ASU’s wins over Illinois (Sept. 6) and Kansas (Sept. 8). Farquharson scored two goals, including the game winner in the 107th minute of ASU’s 4-3, double-overtime win over Illinois on Sept. 6. One week later she was named to the Cats Classic All-Tournament Team after scoring two goals in ASU’s win over Southern Utah (Sept. 15). It marked the third time this season and fifth time in her career that she has scored multiples goals in a game.
Farquharson’s two goals last week moved her into 10th place on ASU’s all-time list for career goals (19). She needs two goals to pass Karine Inoue (1997-2000) for ninth place.
CROOK ALWAYS GLAD TO ASSIST
One of the key facilitators in ASU’s offensive attack has been senior midfielder Holland Crook, who currently leads the Pac-12 and is ranked No. 8 in the nation in assists per game (0.86). Following ASU’s 4-0 win over Kansas (Sept. 8) in the Sun Devil Classic, ASU head coach Kevin Boyd noted that Crook’s play has been “crucial” in the team’s success.
“She’s playing really well,” said Boyd. “What Holland’s doing is sitting right under that front line and pressuring them, and getting us chances. Where she’s not getting recognized for – and should be – is she’s picking off a lot of balls defensively and doubling and winning balls, and getting us into the attack immediately, and we’re getting goals from it.”
Crook was named to the Cats Classic All-Tournament Team after scoring her first goal of 2013 and adding an assist in ASU’s 4-0 win over Southern Utah (Sept. 15).
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. ASU currently ranks tied for first in the Pac-12 and and tied for 28th in the nation in scoring offense (2.57 goals per game).
• Going back to 2012, ASU has won 13 of the 14 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 64/66 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. Most recently, she added her seventh career shutout in ASU’s 4-0 win over Kansas (Sept. 7).
• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games. They are 1-1 in both categories in 2013, defeating Illinois 4-3 in double-overtime (Sept. 6) and falling to No. 24 Texas Tech 1-0 in overtime (Sept. 13).
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 59 wins as ASU’s head coach, Boyd needs two more wins to become Sun Devil Soccer’s all-time leader in career wins – (Ray Leone - 60 wins - 2001-06).
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.
The Sun Devils open Pac-12 play when they host USC on Sun., Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. The game will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks.