The Arizona State women’s soccer team concludes the regular season this Thursday (2 p.m. MT) when it travels to Tucson for its annual Territorial Cup® Series contest vs. Arizona.
The Sun Devils (9-7-2, 4-4-2 Pac-12) enter this week’s contest tied for fifth place in the Pac-12 with Colorado. Depending on other results around the league, it’s possible the Sun Devils could – with a win on Thursday – finish tied for fourth place in the league standings, which would match last season’s finish. Of even greater significance, a win over Arizona would help push the Sun Devils a step closer to claiming the program’s fourth NCAA Tournament berth in five seasons.
Thursday’s game at Arizona will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks. Jim Watson (play by play) and Kyndra de St. Aubin (analyst) will be on hand to call the game.
NOTES FROM LAST WEEK
The Sun Devils concluded the home portion of their schedule with an unbeaten weekend, tying Colorado 2-2 on Friday and defeating Utah 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday... After falling behind 1-0 in the 17th minute against Colorado, the Sun Devils received goals from seniors Kaitlyn Pavlovich (45th minute) and Blair Alderson (53rd minute) to take a 2-1 lead...The Sun Devils were whistled for a season-high 15 fouls and issued five yellow cards in Friday’s game compared to eight fouls and one yellow card for Colorado... One of ASU’s 15 infractions led to the game-tying goal for Colorado in the 71st minute when it was ruled that ASU fouled in the box on a free kick that sailed out of bounds... The Sun Devils took more than twice as many shots as the Buffaloes (26-10)... Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Morris made six saves for the Sun Devils... In Sunday’s Senior Day game vs. Utah, it would be a senior who would save the day as Pavlovich scored in the 87th minute knot the game at 1-1 after Utah took the lead in the 75th minute... ASU would eventually win the game in double overtime on a goal by Cali Farquharson in the 102nd minute... The win over Utah represented the first time the Sun Devils came from behind to win a game since last season (Oct. 21, 2012) when they came back from a 1-0 deficit at Oregon to win 2-1... Pavlovich’s goal in the 85th minute, the first of her career, proved to be the game winner in that contest.
PAVLOVICH EARNS CS360 RECOGNITION
Kaitlyn Pavlovich was one of 12 players named to CS360’s Week-11 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for her performance in ASU’s 2-2 tie vs. Colorado and its 2-1 double-overtime win over Utah. In addition to her usual steady presence on the defensive end, Pavlovich made a big impact for the Sun Devils offensively in the two games, scoring two goals for the weekend. The two goals equaled her career total in her prior 54 games (47 starts) coming into the weekend.
Arizona (8-7-4, 3-6-1 Pac-12) is coming off a split, falling to Utah 1-0 in double overtime, before rebounding to beat Colorado, 3-0. The Wildcats are tied for first in the Pac-12 in scoring offense, averaging 1.89 goals per game. All but one of Arizona’s conference losses have been by a single goal.
ASU leads the all-time series with Arizona 15-2-1. The last six meetings and seven of the last eight contests between the two teams have been decided by 2-1 scores with ASU winning five of those games.
Last season Cali Farquharson scored the game-winner with under two minutes remaining in regulation to give the Sun Devils the win.
SETTING THE SCENE
ASU has qualified for the NCAA Tournament three times in the last four years, a feat that has only been accomplished one other time in program history.
With one game remaining in the regular season, ASU currently sits at No. 44 in the NCAA’s most recent RPI (Nov. 4). The Sun Devils would help their case for an unprecedented fourth NCAA Tournament berth in five years with a win over Arizona on Thursday.
SUN DEVIL SOCCER RETURNS PAC-12’S TOP SCORING DUO IN 2013
Senior Devin Marshall (0.56 goals per game/second) and sophomore Cali Farquharson (0.50 goals per game/sixth) entered 2013 as the Pac-12’s top returning duo in combined goals per game from last season (1.06). Entering Thursday’s game they remain one of the most potent pairs in the Pac-12 combining to average nearly a goal a game (0.91) – Farquharson (0.56 - 10 goals) and Marshall (0.35 - 6 goals).
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
On Oct. 1 senior forward Devin Marshall was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in 2013 after scoring the game-winning goal with 19 seconds left in ASU’s 1-0 win over USC.
In September, Marshall was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week after she helped lead ASU 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 in 2012 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, most recently assisted on Sara Tosti’s game-winning goal in ASU’s 1-0 win at Oregon (Oct. 11).
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 55. She needs two more points to tie Karine Inoue (1997-2000) for eighth place.
FEAR THE FARQ
Combining with Marshall to give ASU one of the most dangerous one-two scoring combos in the Pac-12 is sophomore forward Cali Farquharson. Farquharson, who earned Pac-12 All-Freshman honors last season, is currently first on the team and enters Thursday’s game tied for second in the Pac-12 in goals (10). She also leads the team and is sixth in the Pac-12 in points (22).
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 fifth time in her career that she has scored multiple goals in a game.
Most recently Farquharson scored the game-winning goal in ASU’s 2-1, come-from-behind, double-overtime win over Utah (Nov. 3). With her 10th goal of the season Farquharson became the first Sun Devil to account for double-digit goals in back-to-back seasons since Patrice Feulner accomplished the feat in 2000 (12 goals) and 2001 (11 goals). With 20 career goals Farquharson is now tied with Karine Inoue (1997-2000) for ninth place on ASU’s all-time list.
TOSTI MOVES FORWARD
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, who is currently third on the team in scoring (four goals, one assist), played a major role ASU’s first three Pac-12 wins. She assisted on Devin Marshall’s game-winning goal with 19 seconds left in ASU’s 1-0 win over USC (Sept. 29). One week later (Oct. 6) Tosti was named the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Week after she scored the only goal of the game in ASU’s 1-0 upset of (then) second-ranked Stanford. Most recently, Tosti was responsible for the game-winning goal in ASU’s 1-0 win at Oregon (Oct. 11). In Pac-12 games, Tosti’s two game-winning goals are tied for third in the league.
CROOK ALWAYS GLAD TO ASSIST
One of the key facilitators in ASU’s offensive attack has been senior midfielder Holland Crook, who leads the team and is currently tied for eighth in the Pac-12 in assists per game (0.33 - 6 assists). 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. ASU’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 ASU squad to a tie for fourth place in the Pac-12, ASU’s highest finish in league play since the 2004 season. ASU’s 1-0 upset of No. 2 Stanford on Oct. 6 gave Boyd his 61st career win at ASU, making him the program’s all-time leader in wins. Boyd is also the all-time leader in career wins at Cal (124).
• The Sun Devils are 6-1-1 in regular season games played in the month of November since the 2009 season.
• ASU is giving up an average of only 1.11 goals per game this season. The last time ASU had a lower GAA was in 2007, Kevin Boyd’s first season, when it gave up less than a goal a game (0.85).
• On Oct. 6, ASU defeated (then) No. 2 Stanford 1-0. The win snapped Stanford’s 73-match unbeaten streak at home (dating back to 2007) and its 44-match winning streak in conference play (dating back to 2008).
• Going back to 2012, ASU has won 16 of the 17 contests in which it has scored first. The only game it did not win in that span when it scored first was at Oregon State last season (Oct. 19, 2012), a game which ended in a 1-1 tie.
• Senior defender Jasmine Roth has started 74/77 career games, including the last 45 in a row.
• Senior defender Kaitlyn Pavlovich has started 49 of 56 career games. After scoring two goals in the first 54 games of her Sun Devil career, Pavlovich scored a goal in each of ASU’s games last week vs. Colorado and Utah. Her goal against Utah came in the 87th minute as the Sun Devils were desperately trying to tie the game and send it into overtime. ASU would eventually win the game in overtime on Cali Farquarson’s goal in the 102nd minute. Pavlovich’s other goal this season came in ASU’s 2-1 loss at Cal (Oct. 4). Her first career goal was a game winner as she scored it in the 85th minute of ASU’s 2-1 win at Oregon in 2012.
• Sophomore defender McKenzie Berrryhill has started 33 of 37 career games for ASU. Berryhill was named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for her play in ASU’s contests at No. 11 Cal (Oct. 4) and at No. 2 Stanford (Oct. 6).
• Redshirt sophomore Chandler Morris’ six shutouts this season currently have her tied for third place for the most shutouts by a Sun Devil in a single season. Her 11 career shutouts have her tied for fourth place on ASU’s all-time list. Morris was named the Madness Women’s Soccer Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for her performance in ASU’s 1-0 upset of (then) second-ranked Stanford (Oct. 6) in which she made seven saves. Her four shutouts in Pac-12 competition currently have her tied for fourth place in the league.
• Two true freshmen – McKenzie Grossman (17 games/11 starts) and Larisa Staub (17 games/7 starts) – have played significant time on ASU’s back line this season.
• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games. They are 5-4 in the former and 2-1-2 in the latter in 2013. Three of ASU’s last four games have gone into overtime.
• ASU has scored 18 of its 26 goals this season in the second half (16) or overtime (2). Last season the Sun Devils scored 23 of their 33 goals in similar fashion.
• Cali Farquharson (4), Devin Marshall (3), and Sara Tosti (2) have combined for all nine of ASU’s game-winning goals this season.
• Both of senior Rachael Ritter’s career assists have been pivotal in ASU’s last two wins. Ritter assisted on Tosti’s game-winning goal in the 71st minute of ASU’s 1-0 win at Oregon (Oct. 11). Last Sunday, Ritter’s corner kick set up Pavlovich’s game-tying goal in the 87th minute vs. Utah. ASU would go on to win the game on Farquharson’s goal in double overtime.
• Senior midfielder Blair Alderson has scored two of her three career goals this season. Alderson scored her third career goal in last week’s 2-2 tie vs. Colorado.
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.
Earlier this month, seniors Kaitlyn Pavlovich and Jasmine Roth and sophomore Cali Farquharson were named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 first team.
Pavlovich (Elementary Education and Family & Human Development) and Roth (Biochemistry), who are both due to graduate next spring, are members of ASU’s Barrett Honors College and both also currently maintain a 4.0 GPA. A Biological Sciences major, Farquharson maintains a 3.90 GPA.