LIVE VIDEO (Friday vs. Washington at 7 p.m. and Sunday vs. Washington State at 1 p.m.)
After playing its last five games on the road, the Arizona State women’s soccer team (8-6, 3-3 Pac-12) returns home this week to open a four-game homestand – its last four home games of the regular season – when it hosts Washington (Friday at 7 p.m. PT) and Washington State (Sunday at 1 p.m. PT).
Friday’s game vs. Washington will be ASU’s annual Pink Game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Friday’s game and the team will wear pink jerseys.
Both of this week's games will be streamed live. Click here to access the webcasts (Friday at 7 p.m. vs. Washington and Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Washington State).
Fans can bid on the pink jerseys the team will wear this weekend via silent auction. Bidding will begin on Friday and will conclude at the end of Sunday's game vs. Washington State.
NOTES FROM LAST WEEK
The Sun Devils concluded their five-game road swing with a 3-0 loss at No. 2 UCLA... The Bruins, who entered the game No. 2 in the nation in goals against average, scored one goal in the first half (17th minute) and two goals in the second half (53rd minute, 65th minute) to remain the only unbeaten team in Pac-12 play... ASU put four of its seven shots vs. UCLA on frame (senior F Devin Marshall led ASU with three shots)... ASU’s loss to UCLA was only its third in its last 10 Pac-12 contests (6-3-1), dating back to last season... ASU is 11-6-1 in its last 18 regular season games going back to last season.
Washington (7-6-3, 3-1-2 Pac-12) is coming off a 2-1 win over Oregon and enters this week’s action in sole possession of second place in the Pac-12. The Huskies have proven to be one of the conference’s toughest teams on the defensive end as they have given up more than one goal on only two occasions. They started the week ranked second in the Pac-12 in goals against average in Pac-12 games (0.46).
Although Washington holds a 8-5-3 lead in the all-time series neither team has been able to put together consecutive wins since 2002-03 when ASU accomplished the feat. Each of the last three contests between the two teams have been decided by 1-0 decisions with Washington winning in 2010 and 2012 in Seattle and ASU in 2011 in Tempe.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE
Washington State (9-3-3, 2-3-1 Pac-12) went through its non-conference schedule unbeaten (7-0-2), but has recorded two wins in its first six Pac-12 games. Two of its three Pac-12 losses have been by a single goal. Senior forward Micaela Castain leads the Pac-12 both in points (27) and goals (11).
The Sun Devils hold a 12-6 advantage in the all-time series vs. Washington State. The Cougars won three of the last five meetings, including a 2-1 double-overtime win the last time the two teams played in Tempe in 2011 Since 2000, all but one match between the two schools has been decided by a single goal, including last year’s won by ASU, 1-0, in Pullman, Wash.
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 five games remaining in the regular season, ASU currently sits at No. 45 in the NCAA’s most recent RPI (Oct. 21). 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 four of their final five contests are against teams that are currently near or above them in the RPI – vs. No. 49 Washington on Friday, vs. No. 43 Washington State on Sunday, vs. No. 25 Colorado on Nov. 1 and vs. No. 51 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) 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 this week they remain one of the most potent pairs in the Pac-12 combining to average 1.1 goals per game – Farquharson (0.64 - 9 goals) and Marshall (0.46 - 6 goals) – which is the third-highest average in the conference.
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.
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, started the week 10th in the Pac-12 in both goals per game (.46) and points per game (1.15). 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 Pac-12 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 fourth in the Pac-12 in goals (9). She also leads the team and started the week seventh in the Pac-12 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 (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.
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 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 (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 goals are tied for second in the league while her five points are tied for fifth.
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 started the week tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in assists per game (0.43 - 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).
• Friday’s game vs. Washington begins a stretch of four consecutive home games for the Sun Devils, who just completed a string of five straight on the road. The Sun Devils went 2-3 in those five road contests. They started 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 (then) 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). ASU then split a pair of 1-0 decisions at the Oregon schools, defeating Oregon (Oct. 11) before falling to Oregon State (Oct. 13). They concluded their five-game road swing with a 3-0 loss at No. 2 UCLA (Oct. 18).
• 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 1.57 goals this season.
• 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 71/73 career games, including the last 41 in a row.
• Senior defender Kaitlyn Pavlovich has started 45 of 52 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 29 of 33 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. Her three shutouts in Pac-12 competition currently have her tied for first place.
• 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.
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.