The Arizona State women’s soccer team (6-3, 1-0 Pac-12) makes its first of three consecutive road trips this week when it travels to the Bay Area for games at No. 11 Cal (Fri., Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. PT) and at No. 2 Stanford (Sun., Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. PT).
Pac-12 Networks will be televising both games live. Roxy Bernstein (play by play) and Tracey Bailey (analyst) will call Friday’s game vs. Cal while J.B. Long (play by play) and Krista Blunk (analyst) will be in the booth for Sunday’s game.
NOTES FROM LAST WEEK
The Sun Devils started Pac-12 play with a 1-0 win over USC at home... Senior Devin Marshall scored the game-winning goal with 19 seconds left to give ASU the victory... With the win, ASU head coach Kevin Boyd tied Ray Leone for the most wins in Sun Devil Soccer history (60)... Overall, ASU is 10-3-1 in its last 14 regular season games going back to 2012... The Sun Devils have won their last five Pac-12 games and are unbeaten in their last six conference tilts (5-0-1) going back to last season... ASU is also 8-3 in its last 11 one-goal games... ASU has won 14 of the last 15 contests in which it has scored first... Marshall’s goal was the seventh game winner of her career moving her into a tie for sixth place on ASU’s all-time list.
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 60-55-14, Boyd needs one more win to pass 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.
No. 11 California (7-0-3, 0-0-1 Pac-12) has started its season out with a 10-game unbeaten streak, its best start since 2000 it went undefeated in its first 12 games when current Sun Devil head coach Kevin Boyd was leading the Cal program... Ifeoma Onumonu (7 goals, 2 assists - 16 points), Samantha Witteman (6 goals, 3 assists - 15 points) and Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (4 goals, 4 assists - 12 points) have all accumulated double-digit point totals for the Bears, who have yet to give up a goal in the first half this season... The Bears hold a 9-4-3 advantage in the all-time series vs. Arizona State... ASU has not defeated Cal since 2006, going 0-4-2 in the last six meetings... ASU and Cal played three straight overtime games between 2008-10 (ASU 0-2-1 in those games)... Prior to coming to ASU, current ASU head coach Kevin Boyd spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Cal, where he led the Bears to NCAAs eight times.
No. 2 Stanford is the four-time defending champions of the Pac-12 (8-0-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-12) and last week it extended its conference winning streak to 43 games... Stanford is No. 14 in the country in scoring offense (2.67 goals per game)... Taylor Uhl is tied for eighth in the country in goals per game (1.0)... Stanford leads the all-time series 10-3-3 and has won each of the last five meetings... This will be ASU’s second year in a row playing at Stanford... ASU’s last win against the Cardinal came in 2003 (1-0 in Tempe)... The highest ranked team the Sun Devils have ever defeated was No. 2 Stanford back in 2001 when ASU recorded a 1-0 win in overtime... ASU tied then No. 5 Stanford 0-0 in Tempe in 2007, head coach, Kevin Boyd’s first season at ASU.
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 1.67 goals per game (Farquharson 1.00 and Marshall 0.67), which ties them for the leading goal-scoring combination 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.
DEVIN MARSHALL EARNS PAC-12 AND NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Earlier this week senior forward Devin Marshall was named the Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this year after scoring the game-winning goal with 19 seconds left in ASU’s 1-0 win over USC (Sept. 29).
Last month, Marshall was named the Pac-12 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 six goals this season, currently ranks tied for seventh in the Pac-12 in goals per game (0.67).
Currently with 22 career goals, Marshall needs one more to tie Antoinette Marjanovic (1997, 99-01) for seventh place on ASU’s all-time list. Marshall is also in ninth place on ASU’s all-time points list with 54. She needs three more points to tie 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, tied for first in the Pac-12 and tied for eighth in the nation in goals per game (1.0 gpg - 9 goals). She also leads the team, is second in the Pac-12 and is No. 17 in the nation in points per game (2.11 ppg - 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 (8 - 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 multiple goals in a game.
Farquharson’s two goals vs. Southern Utah 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 tied for 19th in the nation in assists per game (0.67 - 6). 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).
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 60 wins as ASU’s head coach, Boyd needs one more win to become Sun Devil Soccer’s all-time leader in career wins – (Ray Leone - 60 wins - 2001-06).
• Friday’s game at No. 11 Cal is the first of five straight games the Sun Devils will be playing on the road. ASU’s other stops include Palo Alto, Calif. (at No. 2 Stanford on Oct. 6), the state of Oregon (contests at Oregon on Oct. 11 and at Oregon State on Oct. 13) and Los Angeles (Oct. 18) where it will face current No. 3 UCLA. On the flip side, the Sun Devils will close the 2013 regular season playing four of their last five games at home.
• ASU’s 1.51 goals per-game average last season was its best mark since 2005, when it averaged 1.66. The Sun Devils are averaging 2.11 goals thus far in 2013.
• Going back to 2012, ASU has won 14 of the 15 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 66/68 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 eighth career shutout in ASU’s 1-0 win over USC (Sept. 29).
• Sophomore Sara Tosti was moved to the front line this season (her natural position) after spending her freshman year playing defender (played in all 21 games with 14 starts). Tosti is currently fourth on the team in scoring (two goals, one assist). She assisted on Devin Marshall’s game-winning goal with 19 seconds left in ASU’s 1-0 win over USC (Sept. 29).
• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games. They are 2-1 in the former and 1-1 in the latter in 2013.
• ASU has scored 13 of its 19 goals this season in the second half or overtime. Last season the Sun Devils scored 23 of their 33 goals in similar fashion.
• Devin Marshall (3) and Cali Farquharson (3) have accounted for all six of ASU’s game-winning goals this season.
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.