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Sun Devil Soccer Goes Back on the Road for Tilt at No. 2 UCLA
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Release: 10/16/2013
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The Arizona State women’s soccer team concludes its stretch of five consecutive road games over a 15-day span on Friday (7 p.m. PT) when it travels to Los Angeles to face second-ranked and Pac-12 leader UCLA.

For the Sun Devils (8-5, 3-2 Pac-12), Friday’s game will be the second time in four games that they will take on the nation’s No. 2 team. On Oct. 6 the Sun Devils went on the road and upset then-second-ranked Stanford, 1-0, to end the Cardinal’s 73-game home unbeaten streak and its 44-match conference winning streak.

COVERAGE

Live stats of Friday's game at UCLA can be accessed by clicking here. Fans can also follow along for updates on Sun Devil Soccer's Twitter account.

NOTES FROM LAST WEEK

Coming off their historic 1-0 upset of then-second-ranked Stanford, the Sun Devils traveled to the state of Oregon and came away with a split for the second consecutive week as they defeated Oregon 1-0 on Friday before falling to Oregon State 1-0 on Sunday... Sophomore Sara Tosti, who scored the game winner against Stanford, would come through once again as she connected on a header (via a corner kick by teammate Rachael Ritter and an assist from Devin Marshall) in the 71st minute to lift the Sun Devils over the Ducks... Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Morris was credited with two saves for her fifth shutout of the season (10th of her career)... ASU was unable to create any offense on Sunday as it put only five of its 12 shots on frame... The Sun Devils, who played against Oregon State without their second-leading scorer Devin Marshall, fell for only the second time in their last nine Pac-12 contests (6-2-1), dating back to last season... Lucy Lara made her first career start at Oregon State (in place of Devin Marshall)... ASU is 11-5-1 in its last 17 regular season games going back to last season.

SCOUTING UCLA

After starting last week in a three-way tie for first place, UCLA (12-1-1, 4-0-1 Pac-12) now sits alone at the top of the Pac-12 standings after recording wins over Stanford (2-1-2OT) and previously unbeaten Cal (1-0). The second-ranked Bruins, whose only defeat this season came at North Carolina, have not given up more than one goal in a game in 2013 and have posted nine shutouts in their 14 games.

UCLA leads the all-time series 15-1 and has won the last 12 meetings in succession. ASU’s only win against UCLA came in 2000 when it won 1-0 in Tempe. In 2009 ASU took an early 1-0 lead and would eventually push the No. 3 Bruins to double overtime before losing 3-2 in Los Angeles.

SETTING THE SCENE

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).

With six games remaining in the regular season, ASU currently sits at No. 48 in the NCAA’s most recent RPI (Oct. 14). The good news for the Sun Devils is they are sitting in a good position to help their own cause to secure an NCAA Tournament bid as five of their final six contests are against teams that are currently above them in the RPI – at No. 3 UCLA Oct. 18, vs. No. 45 Washington on Oct. 25, vs. No. 28 Washington State on Oct. 27, vs. No. 26 Colorado on Nov. 1 and vs. No. 43 Utah on Nov. 3. 

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, having combined for 15 goals on the season – Farquharson 9 and Marshall 6.

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 in 2013 after scoring the game-winning goal with 19 seconds left in ASU’s 1-0 win over USC. 

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 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). 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, started the week ninth in the Pac-12 in goals per game (.50) and 10th in points per game (1.25). Most recently she assisted on Sara Tost’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 54. She needs three 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 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 in goals per game (0.69 - 9 goals). She also leads the team and started the week fifth in the Pac-12 in points per ga,e (1.46 ppg - 19 points).

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.

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 is currently third on the team in scoring (four goals, one assist), has played a major role in each of ASU’s 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 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 second-ranked Stanford. Most recently, Tosti was responsible for the game-winning goal in ASU’s 1-0 win at Oregon (Oct. 11).

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 tied for third in the Pac-12 in assists per game (0.46 - 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).

NOTES

• Friday’s game at UCLA is the fifth 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). Last week the Sun Devils split a pair of 1-0 decisions at the Oregon schools, defeating Oregon on Friday (Oct. 11) before falling to Oregon State on Sunday (Oct. 13). 

• Next week the Sun Devils will begin a stretch that will seen them 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 1.69 goals thus far in 2013.

• 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 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 70/72 career games, including the last 40 in a row.

• Senior defender Kaitlyn Pavlovich has started 44 of 51 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 in 2012.

• Sophomore defender McKenzie Berrryhill has started 28 of 32 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. 13). 

• 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 tied her shutout total from last season following ASU’s 1-0 win at Oregon (Oct. 11). 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. Currently with 10.0 career shutouts, Morris needs one more to move into a three-way tie for fourth place on ASU’s all-time list.

• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games. They are 4-3 in the former and 1-1 in the latter in 2013.

• ASU has scored 15 of its 22 goals this season in the second half (14) or overtime (1). Last season the Sun Devils scored 23 of their 33 goals in similar fashion.

• Devin Marshall (3), Cali Farquharson (3) and Sara Tosti (2) have combined for all eight 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).

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

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.

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