The Arizona State women’s soccer team (7-4, 2-1 Pac-12) continues its current stretch of five consecutive road games this week when it travels to the Pacific Northwest for contests at Oregon (Fri., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. PT) and at Oregon State (Sun., Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. PT).
Oregon will be providing a live video stream of Friday's game. The stream can be accessed by clicking here at 7 p.m. PT on Friday.
NOTES FROM LAST WEEK
The Sun Devils went 1-1-0 in the Bay Area, dropping a 2-1 decision to No. 11 Cal on the front end of the trip before bouncing back with one of the biggest wins in school history, a 1-0 upset of second-ranked Stanford... The win over the Cardinal 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)... The win over Stanford also gave Sun Devil head coach Kevin Boyd his 61st career win at ASU, making him the program’s all-time leader in career wins... Sophomore Sara Tosti scored the only goal of the contest in the 24th minute (assisted by sophomore Tommi Goodman) and redshirt sophomore Chandler Morris recorded seven saves to give ASU its first win over Stanford since 2003... ASU’s loss to Cal snapped ended six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) in Pac-12 games going back to last season... Kaitlyn Pavlovich scored her second career goal at Cal, heading in a free kick by redshirt freshman midfielder Lucy Lara... ASU is 11-4-1 in its last 16 regular season games, including a 6-1-1 record in its last eight Pac-12 contests going back to last season.
Three Sun Devils – sophomore forward Sara Tosti, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Morris and sophomore defender McKenzie Berryhill – were singled out for their performances last weekend.
Tosti was named the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in ASU’s 1-0 win over No. 2 Stanford.
Morris was named the Madness Women’s Soccer Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for her performance in the win over Stanford in which she made seven saves.
Berryhill earned CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll after helping shutdown two of the Pac-12’s leading goal scorers in the two games.
Oregon (2-6-3, 0-2-1 Pac-12) has gone 0-4-3 since splitting its first four games of the season. All six of Oregon’s losses have been by one goal as the Ducks have given up one or zero goals eight times in 11 games.
ASU holds a 9-6-2 lead in the all-time series with the Ducks. The Sun Devils have won three of the last four meetings, including a 2-1 win last year in Eugene, Ore. Current Sun Devils Cali Farquharson and Kaitlyn Pavlovich scored the goals for ASU. Farquharson also assisted on Pavlovich’s game-winning goal, which came in the 85th minute.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE
Despite losing six of its last eight games, Oregon State (2-8-2, 0-2-1 Pac-12) has proven to be a very formidable opponent. Five of its eight losses have been by a single goal, including its two Pac-12 setbacks.
The Sun Devils hold a 10-5-1 advantage in the all-time series vs. Oregon State, but have not beaten the Beavers since 2009. Oregon State came out on top 1-0 in Corvallis in 2010 and 2-0 in Tempe in 2011 before the two teams played to a 1-1 draw last year in Corvallis. Sophomore defender McKenzie Berryhill scored het first career goal last year’s game.
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). Entering this week they are the second-best scoring combo in the Pac-12, averaging 1.37 goals per game - Farquharson - 0.82/Marshall - 0.55 .
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 month senior forward Devin Marshall was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season 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, started the week tied for ninth in the Pac-12 in goals per game.
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 and started the week third in the Pac-12 and No. 25 in the nation in goals per game (0.82 -9). She also leads the team and started the week third in the Pac-12 and No. 38 in the nation in points per game (1.73 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 started the week as the Pac-12 leader and tied for 33rd in the nation in assists per game (0.55 - 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.
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).
• Friday’s game at Oregon is the third of five straight road games for the Sun Devils. ASU started the five-game stretch with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss at No. 11 Cal (Oct. 4) before bouncing back to claim one of the biggest wins in school history, defeating No. 2 Stanford 1-0 (Oct. 6). 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). After Sunday’s game at Oregon State, the five-game road stretch will conclude in Los Angeles next Friday (Oct. 18) when the Sun Devils play at No. 2 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 1.91 goals thus far in 2013.
• Going back to 2012, ASU has won 15 of the 16 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.
• 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 (three 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). One week later Tosti scored the only goal of the game in ASU’s 1-0 upset of second-ranked Stanford. Tosti was named the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in the Stanford game.
• Senior defender Jasmine Roth has started 68/70 career games, including the last 38 in a row.
• Senior defender Kaitlyn Pavlovich has started 42 of 49 career games. Pavlovich scored the second goal of her career in ASU’s 2-1 loss at No. 11 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 last season.
• Sophomore defender McKenzie Berrryhill has started 26 of 30 career games for ASU. Berryhill, who scored her first career goal in last year’s 1-1 tie at Oregon State, was named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for her play in ASU’s contests at No. 11 Cal and at No. 2 Stanford.
• 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 ninth career shutout in ASU’s 1-0 win over Stanford (Oct. 6). Morris was named the Madness Women’s Soccer Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for her performance in the win over Stanford in which she made seven saves.
• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games. They are 3-2 in the former and 1-1 in the latter in 2013.
• ASU has scored 14 of its 21 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 six of ASU’s seven game-winning goals this season, with Sara Tosti claiming the other.
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.