Live Webcast vs. Colorado on Friday at 7 p.m. PT
The Arizona State women’s soccer team (8-7-1, 3-4-1 Pac-12) completes the home portion of its 2013 schedule this week when it hosts Colorado (Friday at 7 p.m. PT) and Utah (Sunday at noon MT).
The Sun Devils (10 points) enter this week’s contests tied for seventh place in the Pac-12 with Oregon State. Only six points currently separate second place (Stanford - 15 points) from ninth place (Cal - nine points). ASU will look to close the season strong as it attempts to secure its fourth NCAA Tournament berth in the last five years.
This week’s games will be the final at home for seniors Blair Alderson, Holland Crook, Devin Marshall, Kaitlyn Pavlovich, Rachael Ritter and Jasmine Roth. All six seniors will be recognized in a ceremony prior to Sunday’s game vs. Utah.
NOTES FROM LAST WEEK
The Sun Devils went 0-1-1 after tying Washington (0-0) on Friday and losing to Washington State on Sunday (1-0)... ASU entered last weekend coming off a stretch of five consecutive games on the road (2-3 record in the five games)... The Sun Devils dominated Friday’s game against Washington everywhere except the scoreboard as they outshot the Huskies 26-10 (12-2 in SOG) and had twice as many corner kicks (6-3)... ASU started off Sunday’s game vs. Washington State on the offensive as it took the game’s first seven shots. After weathering ASU’s early offensive flurry, the Cougars countered, taking eight of the next 13 shots over the last 25 minutes of the half. One of those eight shots produced the game’s only goal in the 27th minute. Redshirt junior GK Chandler Morris kept ASU within striking distance as she made six saves against the Cougars.
Friday’s game vs. Colorado can be seen live via a free webcast. The webcast can be accessed at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university.
Pac-12 Networks will be televising Sunday’s game. Jason Knapp (play by play) and Kyndra de St. Aubin (analyst) will call the game.
Colorado (12-4-1, 4-3-1 Pac-12) is coming off a split, defeating USC 2-1 before falling to second-ranked UCLA, 1-0. Colorado started the week in a three-way tie for fourth place with Washington and Washington State. The Buffaloes have two of the top scorers in the Pac-12 in the form of senior forward Anne Stuller (4th in the Pac-12 with 23 points/8 goals & 7 assists) and freshman forward Brie Hooks (t8th in the Pac-12 in scoring with 18 points/8 goals & 3 assists).
ASU has won all four of its previous meetings with Colorado. Both of their meetings as members of the Pac-12 have been one-goal games. ASU won in Boulder, 1-0, in 2011. Last season, Cali Farquharson scored the game-winning goal with 22 seconds left in double overtime in ASU’s 2-1 win.
Utah (8-3-6, 4-2-2 Pac-12) is coming of a weekend in which it went unbeaten, tying second-ranked UCLA (1-1) and defeating USC (1-0). The Utes are 6-2-3 in their last 11 games with their only losses coming in 1-0 decisions on the road at Washington and at Stanford
The Sun Devils and Utes have split their six prior meetings with the home team coming out on top in each contest. The Sun Devils won last year’s game 4-1 in Tempe. Devin Marshall tied her single-game career high with two goals while Holland Crook and Tommi Goodman also found the back of the net for the Sun Devils.
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 three games remaining in the regular season, ASU currently sits at No. 58 in the NCAA’s most recent RPI (Oct. 28). The good news for the Sun Devils is they are sitting in a position to help their own cause to secure an NCAA Tournament bid as two of their final three games are against teams that are currently near or above them in the RPI – vs. No. 23 Colorado on Nov. 1 and vs. No. 37 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 nearly a goal a game (.96) – Farquharson (0.56 - 9 goals) and Marshall (0.40 - 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, started the week tied for 10th in the Pac-12 in both goals per game (.40) 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 tied for 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 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 started the week tied for eighth in the Pac-12 in assists per game (0.38 - 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 5-1 in regular season games played in the month of November since the 2009 season
• 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 1.38 goals this season.
• ASU is giving up an average of only 1.02 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).
• 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 72/75 career games, including the last 43 in a row.
• Senior defender Kaitlyn Pavlovich has started 47 of 54 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 31 of 35 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’ 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 first place.
• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games. They are 4-4 in the former and 1-1-1 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.
The Sun Devils close out the regular season portion of their 2013 schedule next Thursday (Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. MT) when they travel to Tucson to face in-state rival Arizona. The game will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks.