LIVE STATS VS. TEXAS TECH (4:30 PM PT, FRI., SEPT. 13)
Currently riding a three-game winning streak, the Arizona State women’s soccer team (4-1-0) will travel to Tucson, Ariz., this weekend where it will face No. 24 Texas Tech (Friday at 4:30 p.m. PT) and Southern Utah (Sunday at 11 a.m. PT) in the Cats Classic being hosted by the University of Arizona.
This weekend’s trip will be the first of two the Sun Devils will make to Tucson this season. They will return on Nov. 7 when they face Arizona in the regular season finale for both schools.
IN THE POLLS
ASU has steadily increased the number of votes it is receiving in the NSCAA poll as it is now No. 29, just four spots away from breaking into the Top 25.
The Sun Devils scored four goals in back-to-back games to defeat Illinois (4-3 in 2OT) and Kansas (4-0) in the Sun Devil Classic… Devin Marshall was named the MVP of the Sun Devil Classic after collecting four goals (two in each game) and assisting on Cali Farquharson’s game winning goal vs. Illinois… Farquharson was named to the Sun Devil Classic’s All-Tournament Team after scoring three goals and recording one assist… Farquharson scored two goals vs. Illinois, including the game winner in the 107th minute… Also named to the All-Tournament Team was senior defender Kaitlyn Pavlovich, who helped the Sun Devils post their second shutout of the season against Kansas… Senior midfielder Holland Crook had three assists in the two games while freshman defender Mckenzie Grossman recorded her first career assist against Illinois... With the two wins, the Sun Devils improved to 3-0 at home this season and have won their last six regular season home games going back to last season… Overall, ASU is 8-1-1 in its last 10 regular season games going back to 2012.
SCOUTING TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech (5-1-0) returned to the NSCAA Top 25 with a sweep over Cal State Fullerton (1-0) and Cal State Northridge (3-1) last week. The Red Raiders, who were ranked as high as 23rd in the NSCAA poll after starting the season 2-0, are coming off a five-game homestand in which they went 4-1, with the only loss coming to Long Beach State, 3-2. Aside from the three goals LBSU scored in that game Texas Tech has only given up one other goal all year long, that coming in its win over CSUN last Sunday.
This is only the second time Arizona State has faced Texas Tech as the two faced off in Tucson two years ago in a game won by the Red Raiders, 5-0.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN UTAH
Southern Utah (2-3) will be facing its third consecutive Pac-12 foe when it meets up with ASU on Sunday. The Thunderbirds, who will face Arizona on Friday, are coming off a 6-2 loss at Utah.
Southern Utah is currently in the midst of a stretch in which it is playing six of its first seven games away from home. The Thunderbirds have dropped their last two contests since picking up consecutive wins over UCSB (4-3 on Aug. 28) and Vermont (3-1 on Aug. 30).
Sunday’s game will be the first meeting between ASU and Southern Utah.
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
Marshall (0.56 goals per game/second in the Pac-12) and 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). They have continued to hold true to form this season as they have combined to average 2.4 goals per game (Farquharson 1.4 and Marshall 1.0).
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.
Marshall (five goals, one assist) and Farquharson (five goals, one assist) have combined for 10 goals and two assists in ASU’s last three games.
DEVIN MARSHALL EARNS PAC-12 AND NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Senior forward Devin Marshall was named both the Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week after she helped lead the Sun Devils 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 last season and missed the majority of two others – including ASU’s NCAA Tournament game against Baylor – because of injury.
Marshall, who has scored five goals in ASU’s last three games, currently ranks 15th in the nation (tied for second in the Pac-12) in goals per game (1.0) and is 32nd in the nation (tied for 3rd in the Pac-12) in points per game (2.2). With her four goals last weekend Marshall moved into eighth place on ASU’s all-time list with 21 career goals. She needs two more to tie Antoinette Marjanovic (1997, 99-01) for seventh place.
FEAR THE FARQ
Combining with Marshall to give the Sun Devils 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 the Pac-12 and fourth in the nation with seven goals. She also leads the team and the Pac-12 and is No. 5 in the nation in points (15).
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 the Women of Troy also set a new single-game school record and were the most by any Pac-12 player in 2012.
Farquharson, who has scored in least one goal in her last eight games going back to last season (a school record), 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. It marked the second straight game and fourth time in her career that she has scored multiple goals in a game.
Now with 17 career goals, Farquharson needs one more to tie Alexandra Elston (2007-10) for 10th place on ASU’s career list.
CROOK ALWAYS GLAD TO ASSIST
One of the key facilitators in ASU’s offensive attack has been senior midfielder Holland Crook, who currently leads the Pac-12 and is ranked No. 4 in the nation in assists per game (1.0). Following ASU’s 4-0 win over Kansas 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.”
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)
• ASU’s 1.51 goals per-game average last season was its best mark since 2005, when it averaged 1.66. ASU currently ranks first in the Pac-12 and 25th in the country, averaging 2.8 goals per game.
• Going back to 2012, ASU has won 12 of the 13 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 62/64 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. Most recently, she added her seventh career shutout in ASU’s 4-0 win over Kansas (Sept. 7).
• In 2012 ASU was 6-2 in one-goal games and 2-0-2 in overtime games. They are 1-0 in both categories in 2013 following their 4-3, double-overtime win vs. Illinois (Sept. 6).
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 58 wins as ASU’s head coach, Boyd needs three more 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).
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 conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule when they host Boise State on Fri., Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks.