The Sun Devil soccer team opens the 2014 season – and the 2014-15 season for Sun Devil Athletics – this weekend when it travels to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Outrigger Resorts Shootout being hosted by the University of Hawaii. The Sun Devils will take on Texas on Friday (7 p.m. HST/10 p.m. in Arizona) and Hawaii on Sunday (5 p.m. HST/8 p.m. in Arizona).
This weekend’s opening slate begins a stretch in which the Sun Devils will play seven of their first nine games away from home, including the first four on the road. After next week’s road trip to the state of Illinois where ASU will face Illinois and Loyola Chicago, the Sun Devils will have traveled nearly 9,000 miles over the course of two weeks.
Both games can be followed via live stats. Click here for live stats of Friday's game vs. Texas (10 p.m. Arizona time) and click here for live stats of Sunday's game vs. Hawaii (8 p.m. Arizona time). Also be sure to follow Sun Devil Soccer on Twitter for updates during both contests.
IN A NUTSHELL
This season the Sun Devils return six regular starters from last year’s team that went 9-8-2 and came just short of earning the program’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in a five-year span. Included among the returning starters are junior forward and leading scorer Cali Farquharson (2013 All-Pac-12 Second Team, 2013 NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team) and junior defender McKenzie Berryhill (2013 All-Pac-12 Second Team, 2013 NSCAA All-Pacific Region Third Team).
The Sun Devils are 13-4-1 all time in season openers, including a 6-1 record under head coach Kevin Boyd. ASU’s only loss in a season opener under Boyd came in 2012 when it fell at Cal State Northridge, 1-0.
Like the Sun Devils, Texas just missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth last season despite finishing with a record of 12-6-2. Much of Texas’ success last season came at home where it was 9-0-1 in 10 home games. Texas returns 20 players from last year’s roster including its top four scorers – Chantale Campbell (13 pts, 4 goals, 5 assists), Kelsey Shimmick (12 pts, 4 goals, 4 assists), Lindsey Meyer (12 pts, 4 goals, 4 assists) and Sharis Lachappelle (11 pts, 4 goals, 3 assists). The quartet’s 16 combined goals last season accounted for just over half of Texas’ 31 goals in 2013. Also returning for the Longhorns is junior goalkeeper, Abby Smith who logged all 1,840 minutes (0.78 GAA, 8 shutouts) last season.
Hawaii returns 18 letterwinners, including seven starters from last year’s squad that finished with a record of 8-8-1. Hawaii’s top returning players include all-conference players Lidia Battaglia, Monk Berger, Kama Pascua and Krystal Pascua. Berger, Hawaii’s returning goalkeeper from last season, set a school record last season with seven shutouts. Senior Tiana Fujimoto, who led Hawaii with 10 goals last season, will redshirt this season due to injury.
The Sun Devils dropped their first meeting vs. then-third-ranked Texas 1-0 in 2007, Kevin Boyd’s first season – and first home game – as ASU’s head coach. In the only other meeting, one year later in 2008 in Austin, Texas, ASU gave the No. 7 Longhorns all they could handle in an eventual scoreless draw.
ASU and Hawaii have crossed paths only one time with the Sun Devils picking up a 4-0 win in Honolulu in 2003.
ASU HEAD COACH KEVIN BOYD
• The program’s all-time lead in career wins (63), Kevin Boyd enters his eighth season as ASU’s head coach.
• Boyd has led the Sun Devils to the NCAA Tournament three times in the last five seasons, barely missing out last season, which would have been the first time in program history that ASU would have made the NCAA Tournament four times in five years.
• Prior to ASU, Boyd spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Cal where he complied 124-63-20 record and led the Golden Bears to the NCAA Tournament eight times. Boyd is also Cal’s all-time leader in career wins.
• ASU Record: 63-60-16 – Career Record: 187-123-36
FEAR THE FARQ
ASU’s most dangerous scoring threat over the past two seasons, junior Cali Farquharson will look to continue the brilliance that last year enabled her to become the first Sun Devil to score double-digit goals in consecutive seasons (10 in 2012 and 10 in 2013) since 2003.
Farquharson, who earned Pac-12 All-Freshman honors in 2012 and second-team All-Pac-12 and second-team NSCAA All-Region accolades in 2013, enters the 2014 season tied for ninth on ASU’s all-time list with 20 goals. Last season Farquharson was second in the Pac-12 in goals per game (0.53) and third in points per game (1.16).
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 in 2012 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), is also tied for ninth on ASU’s all-time list in game-winning goals with six.
BERRYHILL TO GUIDE YOUNG SUN DEVIL DEFENSE
A starter in 34 of 38 career contests, junior McKenzie Berryhill is proving to be a rising star on the Sun Devils’ back line. Named second-team All-Pac-12 and third-team NSCAA All-Region last season, Berryhill’s experience will be especially critical this season following the loss of two mainstays for the better part of the last four years, Jasmine Roth and Kaitlyn Pavlovich. Berryhill played every minutes of ASU’s 19 games last season. She was named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for her play in ASU’s games at No. 11 Cal (Oct. 4) and at No. 2 Stanford (Oct. 6) last season. In the latter contest, helped ASU’s 1-0 lead stand up as ASU snapped Stanford’s 73-game unbeaten streak at home and its 44-game conference winning streak.
FARQUHARSON, BERRYHILL AND LARA CALLED INTO NATIONAL TEAM CAMPS OVER THE SUMMER
Earlier this summer Farquharson and Berryhill were both participants in the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team’s training camp. Also getting national team experience was redshirt sophomore midfielder Lucy Lara, who participated in Mexico’s women’s national team’s training camp. Lara made her Sun Devil debut last season after being sidelined with a knee injury incurred prior to the 2012 campaign. She played in 13 games in 2013 and contributed a pair of assists.
TOSTI GIVES SUN DEVILS VALUABLE VERSATILITY
Prior to her Sun Devil career, junior Sara Tosti spent most of her career up top in the attacking position. That changed in 2012 when the coaching staff recognized Tosti’s skills would allow her to transition to the back line where she could be most effective given the team’s personnel situation at the time. She would go on to play all 21 games as a freshman, including starting assignments in 14 games.
Last season Tosti returned to her natural position up top and proved to be just as effective as she started all but one game. She had a remarkable stretch during the early portion of the Pac-12 season as her critical contributions helped pave the way for ASU’s first three conference 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. One week after that, Tosti was responsible for the game-winning goal in ASU’s 1-0 win at Oregon (Oct. 11).
MORRIS GIVES SUN DEVILS STEADY PRESENCE IN GOAL
Playing a key role in ASU’s success over the last two seasons is goalkeeper Chandler Morris, who enters this season having started ASU’s last 40 contests dating back to the 2012 season opener. Morris’ six shutouts in 2013 tied her for third place for the most shutouts by a Sun Devil in a single season. Her 11 career shutouts, meanwhile, have her tied for fourth place on ASU’s all-time list. Last season 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. Four of her six shutouts last season came in Pac-12 play.
• 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 on Oct. 19, 2012, a game which ended in a 1-1 tie.
• Junior Tommi Goodman returns as ASU’s most experienced player in the midfield. Goodman has played in all 40 of ASU’s contests the last two seasons with 34 starts to her credit.
• Sophomores McKenzie Grossman (18 games/11 starts in 2012) and Larisa Staub (18 games/8 starts in 2012) logged the most starts of any of ASU’s freshmen last season.
• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games. They were 5-4 in the former and 2-1-2 in the latter in 2013.
• ASU has scored 18 of its 26 goals last season in the second half (16) or overtime (2). In 2012, the Sun Devils scored 23 of their 33 goals in similar fashion.
On the academic side, the Sun Devils have earned Pac-10/12 All-Academic notice 82 times in Boyd’s seven seasons, including 23 first-team members and 10 second-team members. ASU’s 20 first-team commendations the last six seasons (2008-13) are the most of any school in the Pac-12 during that span. In addition, soccer student-athletes have combined for eight Academic All-America awards since 2007, most recently former Sun Devils Jasmine Roth (second team) and Kaitlyn Pavlovich (third team) in 2013. Roth was also named the Pac-12’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year on 2013.