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Sun Devil Soccer Travels to Lone Star State to Take on No. 19 Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin
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Release: 08/29/2013
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The Arizona State women’s soccer team goes on the road for the first time this season when it travels to the Lone Star State. The first of ASU’s two assignments in Texas will take place on Fri., Aug. 30 (7:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. PT), when it faces No. 19 Texas A&M. ASU will then close out the weekend with a contest at Stephen F. Austin on Sun., Sept. 1 (11:30 a.m. CT/9:30 a.m. PT).

Including their 2-0 season opening win over Cal State Northridge last week, the Sun Devils are unbeaten in their last six regular season games (5-0-1) going back to last season.

COVERAGE

Live audio (free) and video (via paid subscription) of Friday’s game at Texas A&M will be available on Texas A&M’s website. Click here for more details on both options. Live stats can be accessed by clicking here.

Both live video and stats will be available for Sunday’s game at Stephen F. Austin.

Fans can also follow the official Twitter account of Sun Devil Soccer for updated from both games. 

LAST GAME

Defeated Cal State Northridge 2-0... Sophomores Cali Farquharson and Sara Tosti both scored goals for the Sun Devils, who improved to 6-1 in season openers under head coach Kevin Boyd... It was the 11th career goal for Farquharson, who led the Sun Devils last season in both goals (10) and points (24)... It was Tosti’s first career goal, who made her first career start at forward after playing/starting on ASU’s back line her freshman season... Redshirt sophomore Chandler Morris recorded her sixth career shutout... The Sun Devils are now 5-0-1 in their last six regular season games going back to last season... Farquharson has scored a goal in five of ASU’s last six games, including her last four, going back to last season.

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M

Last year the Aggies finished first in the west division of the SEC, and have been picked by the coaches to win the SEC title this year. The Aggies made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last year before losing to final four participant, Florida State. The Aggies were ranked No.12 in the NSCAA preseason poll. Last week the Aggies opened the season with a split losing at home 1-0 to No. 7 Duke before bouncing back with home win 1-0 over UTSA.

This will be only the second meeting between the Sun Devils and Aggies. Texas A&M won the only prior meeting, 3-1, in 1998 in a game played in Madison, Wisc.

Current Sun Devil assistant coaches Paige Carmichael and Scott Champ both have ties to Texas A&M. Carmichael earned Big 12 All-Conference honors and was a two-time member of the Big 12 All-Tournament Team while playing for the Aggies from 2004-07. Champ was a volunteer assistant coach in 2004

SCOUTING STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Stephen F Austin (2-0) won a pair of 1-0 games, defeating Rice on the road and Texas State at home.

Last year SFA won the Southland Conference Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament were it lost to Texas A&M. SFA also won the regular season title in the Southland Conference going a perfect (8-0-0) in the conference. This year the coaches picked SFA to repeat as conference champions. The Jacks received 11 of the 13 first place votes in each poll. The Jacks return two of their three players that were named to the All Central Regional team last year – senior goalkeeper Lacey Lee and junior forward Zuri Prince.

Sunday’s contest will be the first ever meeting between the Sun Devils and Ladyjacks.

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

The Arizona State women’s soccer team will be featuring the Pac-12’s top returning duo in combined goals per game in the form of senior Devin Marshall and sophomore Cali Farquharson.

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, Marshall (0.56 goals per game/second in the Pac-12) and Farquharson (0.50 goals per game/sixth in the Pac-12) combined to average more than a goal a game for the Sun Devils, whose 1.51 goals-per-game average was their highest average since the 2005 season when they averaged 1.66.

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. Entering her senior season Marshall is 10th on ASU’s all-time list in goals (16) and tied for 10th in career points (40).

Farquharson was one of the top newcomers in the Pac-12 last season as she finished first on the team and tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in goals with 10 on her way to being named to the Pac-12’s All-Freshman Team. A Valley native (Shadow Mountain HS/Phoenix, Ariz), Farquharson also led the team and finished tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in points with 24. 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 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 the Women of Troy set a new single-game school record and were the most by any Pac-12 player in 2012.

Farquharson scored her 11th career goal in last week’s season opening win over Cal State Northridge.

TOUGH SLATE

As has been the case in recent years, the Sun Devils will play one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2013. ASU will face five teams that were ranked in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25 (three of those five squads reside in the Pac-12 Conference).

Aug. 30 – at Texas A&M (#12 preseason)

Sept. 13 – vs. Texas Tech (#24 preseason)

Oct. 4 - at California (#20 preseason)

Oct. 6 - at Stanford (#2 preseason)

Oct. 18 - at UCLA (#5 preseason)

NOTES

• ASU’s 1.51 goals per-game average last season was its best mark since 2005, when it averaged 1.66.

• Going back to 2012, ASU has won nine of the 10 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.

• Senior defender Jasmine Roth has started 58/60 career games, including all 21 last season.

• Redshirt sophomore Chandler Morris’ five shutouts last season tied her for sixth place in team annals for most shutouts in a single season. She added her sixth career shutout in the 2013 season opener, a 2-0 ASU win.

• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games.

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.

Currently with 55 wins as ASU’s head coach, needs six wins to become Sun Devil Soccer’s all-time leader in career wins.

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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