Oct. 24, 2012
The Arizona State women's soccer team begins a three-game homestand this week when it hosts Utah (Thursday at 7 p.m.) and Colorado (Sunday at 4 p.m.) at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe.
The Sun Devils (7-8-2, 3-4-1 Pac-12) come into this week's contests looking for more positive results after going on the road and picking up a tie and a win against the Oregon schools (1-1 at Oregon State 2-1 at Oregon).
ASU starts the week in a tie for fifth place with Washington State in the Pac-12 standings and one point behind fourth-place Oregon State. From a national perspective, ASU starts the week with an NCAA RPI of 41. A strong finish over the last two weeks would give the Sun Devils an excellent case for being awarded their third NCAA Tournament berth in the last four seasons.
JB Long (play by play) and Kyndra de St. Aubin (analyst) will call both of this week's games for Pac-12 Networks. Thursday's game vs. Utah will be broadcast to a regional audience while Sunday's game vs. Colorado will be national.
• Tied at Oregon State, 1-1... McKenzie Berryhill scored her first career goal against OSU, heading in a corner from Courtney Tinnin in the 34th minute... OSU tied the game in the 84th minute... Tinnin received a red card in the second OT... The tie vs. OSU represented the first time the Sun Devils scored first and did not win the game.
• Defeated Oregon 2-1... ASU had to come from behind after Oregon scored 83 seconds into the game... Cali Farquharson scored her team-leading seventh goal to tie the gam in the 39th minute... Junior Kaitlyn Pavlovich scored the game winning goal in the 85th minute... Senior Aissa Sanchez (83 minutes) was inserted into the starting lineup due to Tinnin having to sit out Sunday's game... Pavlovich and senior Sierra Joseph both played 73 minutes on Sunday after being subbed in early. Said ASU head coach Kevin Boyd about their play: "We went with some experience in the back and [Sierra Joseh and Kaitlyn Pavlovich] went in and did a great job. They showed great leadership and tightened things up back there and got us organized."... The win was ASU's second come-from-behind win of the season. ASU overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat USC 5-4 in 2OT on Sept. 28.
Utah (8-6-2, 3-5 Pac-12) suffered back-to-back shutouts last week falling by scores of 1-0 (at USC) and 2-0 (at UCLA). Utah, which is currently seventh in the Pac-12, is ranked fifth in the Pacific region. As a team, the Utes are ranked No. 3 in the Pac-12 in goals allowed (15) and goals-against-average (0.91).
Colorado (7-7-3, 1-6-1 Pac-12) got its first Pac-12 win on Sunday with a 1-0 win in double overtime at USC. The Buffaloes are led by junior F Anne Stuller, who has scored eight goals and registered two assists this season for 18 points.
SERIES NOTES VERSUS UTAH AND COLORADO
• Utah holds a 3-2 advantage in the all time series against ASU with the home team winning each meeting.
• Utah won the most recent meeting 2-1 last year in Salt Lake City. The Utes scored the game-winning goal with just over a minute remaining.
• Arizona State has won all three games it has played against Colorado.
• Nicki Stone scored the only goal (via PK) in last year's 1-0 win in Boulder. The Sun Devils came away with the win despite playing the last 20-plus minutes short a player as defender Jasmine Roth received a red card.
SUN DEVILS BATTLE BACK FROM 1-4-1 START
After starting the season 1-4-1, the Sun Devils won three straight games to get back to the .500 mark (4-4-1) at the start of conference play. ASU outscored the opposition 7-0 over that stretch.
The Sun Devils have yet to get over the .500 hump this season after reaching that mark on two other occasions. Coming into this weekend, the Sun Devils have played twice as many games on the road/neutral sites (10/2) as they have at home (5).
MCCARTER MAKES IT HAPPEN
One of the key figures in ASU's success is senior midfielder Taylor McCarter, who has consistently provided ASU with outstanding play in the midfield since her freshman season in 2009.
"She's been our best player for the last two years," Boyd said. "We're hoping to get her a little further up the field [this season] and when we do that our game is better."
McCarter, who earned third-team All-Pac-12 and third-team NSCAA All-Region notice last season, has started every one of ASU's 76 games the last three-plus seasons.
McCarter was named to the Cats Classic All-Tournament Team after helping lead ASU to wins over Loyola Marymount (Sept. 14) and FIU (Sept. 16). McCarter scored her third career goal in the win over LMU. One week earlier she was named the MVP of the Sun Devil Desert Classic for her performance in ASU's games against Houston (Sept. 7) and in the Sun Devils' 1-0 upset of No. 10 Pepperdine (Sept. 9). She added her second assist of the season in ASU's 5-4 double overtime win over USC on Sept. 28.
MARSHALL AND FARQUHARSON LEAD THE WAY
Leading ASU's offensive attack this season has been the duo of junior Devin Marshall (six goals, one assist) and freshman Cali Farquharson (seven goals, four assists), who have combined for 13 of ASU's 24 goals this season.
Marshall was third on the team in scoring (10 points) and tied for first in assists (4) in 2011 when she was limited by an ankle injury that caused her to miss seven games. Among returning members of the team, she was ASU's leader in goals (4) from last season.
Marshall was named to the Pac-10's All-Freshman Team in 2010 when she was third on the team in scoring. Last May, Marshall was one of 24 players called to participate in the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team training camp.
"Devin had a terrific preseason and I think this could be a breakout year for her," Boyd said prior to the start of the 2012 season.
Marshall tied her single-game career high with two goals in ASU's win at NAU (Aug, 24). She scored her third goal of the season at Missouri (Aug. 31), a game in which she also sustained a head injury that caused her to miss ASU's next two games -- at Kansas (Sept. 2) and vs. Houston (Sept. 7). She returned for ASU's contest against No. 10 Pepperdine and scored the only goal of the game in ASU's 1-0 upset of the Waves. She was named the MVP of the Cats Classic hosted by the University of Arizona after scoring a goal in both of ASU's games -- vs. LMU (Sept. 14) and vs. FIU (Sept. 16). Marshall missed ASU's games vs. USC (Sept. 28), vs. UCLA (Oct. 1) and at Washington State (Oct. 5) before returning in the second half of ASU's 2-0 loss at Washington (Oct. 7).
Currently leading ASU in goals (7) and points (18), Farquharson has proven to be one of the top freshmen in the Pac-12 this season. As of Oct. 24, Farquharson is second among Pac-12 freshmen in points (1.15 ppg - tied for 7th in the Pac-12) and is tied for second among Pac-12 freshmen in goals (7 - tied for 7th in the Pac-12).
Farquharson tied Marshall with two goals in ASU's 4-0 win at NAU (Aug. 24). She added her third goal of the season in ASU's 2-2 tie at Kansas (Sept. 2). One week later she assisted on Marshall's game-winning goal in ASU's 1-0 upset of then-No. 10 Pepperdine (Sept. 9). After going scoreless in ASU's next three games, Farquharson would break out with a virtuoso performance in ASU's 5-4 double OT win over USC (Sept. 28). With Marshall out of the lineup, Farquharson provided the ASU offense with a spark -- and then some -- as she tied the school record with three goals and also added a pair of assists to set the single-game school record for points (8). She became the third Sun Devil in school history to accomplish the feat and the second one to do it as a freshman (former Sun Devil Patrice Feulner, who is currently an associate director in ASU's Office of Student-Athlete Development, scored three goals in back-to-back games as a freshman in 2000).
Farquharson had a goal and assisted on the game-winning goal in ASU's 2-1 win at Oregon (Oct. 21).
NEW CAST MEMBERS
Fourteen of the 31 players on ASU's roster are new members of the team in 2012. Of the 14 newcomers, 11 are freshmen to go along with three student-athletes who transferred into the program. Add redshirt freshman Chandler Morris to the mix and nearly half the team (15 of 31) is comprised of players who did not play in a game for ASU prior to this season.
The Sun Devils have had seven players who have made the first start of their respective ASU careers thus far, including six true freshman - McKenzie Berryhill, Nina Brueggemann, Cali Farquharson, Tommi Goodman, Christina Schedel and Sara Tosti.
Brueggemann and Schedel are the first international players on ASU's roster team since Kylla Sjoman (Canada), who graduated in 2008.
Both Brueggemann (14 games/10 starts) and Schedel (15 games/15 starts) have been two primary contributors on the Sun Devils' backline in 2012. Schedel recorded her first career assist and goal in ASU's 2-2 tie at Kansas (Sept. 2).
• Junior Holland Crook scored the first goal of her career (via PK) in ASU's 3-0 win over LMU (Sept. 14) at the Cats Classic in Tucson. She followed that with another goal in ASU's ensuing game against FIU (Sept. 16). For her performance in the two games, Crook, who also tallied an assist in both contests, was named to the Cats Classic All-Tournament Team.
• Senior Courtney Tinnin leads the team in assists with five. She recorded a single-game school-record-tying two assists in ASU's 3-0 win over FIU (Sept. 16). Tinnin, who tied for second on the team in points (14), was second in goals (4) and tied for first in assists (6) in 2009, did not play in 2010 due to a knee injury sustained in the spring of 2010. After missing the first eight games 2011 rehabbing the injury, Tinnin returned and ended up tying for the team lead in assists (3). She scored her first goal of the 2012 season in ASU's 5-4 double overtime win vs. USC (Sept. 28). She scored her second goal, which turned out to be the game winner, at Washington State (Oct. 5).
• Senior Taylor McCarter scored her third career goal in ASU's 3-0 win over LMU (Sept. 4). The shot on which McCarter scored against LMU was only the 27th of her career. "That's great [for Taylor]," Boyd said of McCarter's goal vs. LMU. "She does so much for our team. Her getting in the attack and scoring goals is really not the role she plays because she is so far from goal. She is more our playmaker, the one that connects and wins a lot of balls for us. Scoring goals is rare and I'm really happy when she gets them."
• Senior Miah Mollay scored her fourth career goal in ASU's 3-0 win over FIU (Sept. 16).
• ASU has registered double-digit shot totals in 13 of its 17 games, including 20 or more on five occasions.
• Sixteen of ASU's 24 goals have come in the second half (15) or OT (1).
• Tommi Goodman's first career goal was a game winner (ASU's 5-4 2OT win vs. USC on Sept. 28).
• Kaitlyn Pavlovich's first career goal was also a game winner (at Oregon - Oct. 21)
• ASU has won five of the six contests in which it has scored first, collecting shutouts in each of the five wins. The only game it did not win when it scored first was at Oregon State (Oct. 19), which ended in a 1-1 tie.
• ASU's streak of three straight shutouts earlier this season was its longest such streak since the 2008 season.
• Currently with five shutouts in 2012, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Chandler Morris is tied for sixth on ASU's all-time list for most shutouts in a single season. Her next shutout will move her into a tie for third place. The single-season school record is 8.5 set by Erin Reinke in 2000.
• ASU's starting backline has included three true freshmen in the majority of its games thus far -- McKenzie Berryhill (15 starts), Nina Brueggemann (10 starts), Christina Schedel (15 starts), Sara Tosti (10 starts).
• Junior defender Jasmine Roth has started 53 of 55 career games, including all 15 this season.
The Sun Devils started the 2012 season with five straight games on the road. ASU kicked off its slate with games at CSUN (Aug. 17) and San Diego State (Aug. 19) before traveling to Flagstaff, Ariz., to face in-state foe Northern Arizona (Aug. 24). ASU then traveled to the Midwest the following week for contests at Missouri (Aug. 31) and at Kansas (Sept. 2). Overall, ASU has played 12 of 17 games away from home. This week the Sun Devils begin a three-game homestand (vs. Utah, vs. Colorado and vs. Arizona) to close out the regular season.
On the academic side, the Sun Devils have earned 59 Pac-10/12 All-Academic awards in Kevin Boyd's five seasons, including 16 first-team members and nine second-team members. ASU's 13 first-team commendations the last three seasons (2009-11) are the most of any school in the Pac-12 during that span. In addition, the Sun Devils have three student-athletes -- Kaitlyn Pavlovich, Jasmine Roth and Sarah Van Horn, who are currently enrolled in ASU's prestigious Barrett Honors College.
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.
LEPEILBET HELPS USA WIN GOLD AT OLYMPICS
Former Sun Devil soccer player Amy LePeilbet helped the U.S. capture the gold medal at the London Olympics this past August.
LePeilbet, a 2004 graduate of ASU (B.A. in Sociology, Magna Cum Laude), started in five of the team's six matches at the London Olympics, including the gold medal game against Japan.
A member of the national team since 2004, LePeilbet was one of the cornerstones of the Sun Devil Soccer program as ASU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament three times in her four years (2000-03).
A two-time All-American and three-time All-Pac-10 Conference first-team selection, LePeilbet did not miss a start in her four years at ASU, playing in 74 career games.
LePeilbet, who was also a two-time Academic All-American, is one of just four Sun Devils to earn a team sport gold medal, joining Justin Huish (archery in 1996), Joe Caldwell (men's basketball in 1964) and James Harden (men's basketball in 2012).
LePeilbet will be in attendance for ASU's game vs. Colorado on Oct. 28 and will be recognized during the game.