WHEN: Sunday at 7 p.m. MST
WHERE: Sun Devil Football Stadium
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Sun Devil Soccer will wrap up the first weekend of play on Sunday (7:00 PM MST) by hosting Hawaii at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.
Sunday’s game is the second of two games the Sun Devils have played in front of home fans this weekend.
LAST MATCH RATINGS
• ASU opened the 2022 campaign with a 1-1 draw against 2021 NCAA Tournament entrant South Dakota State in an atypically contested game. Lightning stopped play in the 48th minute Thursday with SDSU up 1-0 after scoring in the 16th minute. Both teams have agreed to resume play in the match, which began at 7 p.m. MST, Friday at 10 a.m. MST.
• Sun Devil second-year striker’s first goal Keri Matthews’ career in the 50th minute tied the match at 1-1. Lucy Johnson and Indiana transfer Gaby Renniewho played for New Zealand in the last Summer Olympics, teamed up to set up Matthews’ goal.
• The Sun Devils were denied a dramatic win when it was ruled they were offside after Eva van Deursen found the back of the net in the 90th minute.
• Second-year goaltender Birta Gudlaugsdottir tied his career high with nine saves.
• Freshman D Andrea Kraetzer and freshman M Enasia Colon were ASU’s first starters in the lineup.
HEAD COACH GRAHAM WINKWORTH SAID…
“[On Thursday night] we were making mistakes in both penalty areas, missing relatively easy chances and giving the opposition too many easy chances because of mistakes. I thought we controlled the first 15 minutes perfectly (going against a strong wind) but then we lost the lead and only recovered in the second half [on Friday morning]. And I thought we were pretty dominant [on Friday].”
“We were calmer [on Friday]. I think we’ve lost our minds [on Thursday night] when we were at zero, and I think every time the ball got to somebody, especially in the wind, we just couldn’t control it, we couldn’t focus and we wouldn’t move and we were just not us. We were only 11 people there. [On Friday], we were more like a team. Scoring an early goal gave us confidence at the start, and honestly we thought we were running out of time because the next goal was coming, and I thought it was in the final seconds.”
PREPARING THE GROUND FOR 2022
The Sun Devils are led by a sixth-year head coach Graham Winkworth. ASU just completed a 2021 campaign in which it won 10 games, the second time it has posted double-digit win totals (2018 and 2021) in the past four seasons and that doesn’t include not the 9-6-2 record that was good enough to earn the team a spot in the 2020 NCAA Tournament. Prior to 2018, ASU posted double-digit win totals twice in the previous 10 seasons.
SERIES NOTES VS. HAWAII
ASU has won two of three all-time meetings. As a freshman in 2014, former Sun Devil Aly Moon tied the school record in one game with three goals in ASU’s 5-2 win in Hawaii.
HUNTING FOR HISTORY
All eyes will be on the 2021 NCAA scoring leader Nicole Douglas, who earned third-team All-America honors last season and was one of 13 players named to the All-Pac-12 first team. The first Sun Devil to earn All-America honors since 2002, Douglas in 2021 set single-season school records for goals (19) and points (45). She led the nation in goals (19), goals per game (0.95) and points per game (2.25).
A fifth-year player, Douglas enters the 2022 season ranked second in program history in career goals (46), career points (109) and career game-winning goals (14) and is tied for seventh in career assists (17). Sun Devil Hall of Famer Stacey Tullock (1998-2001) holds the school record in all four categories: goals (50), points (125), game-winning goals (16) and assists (25) .
Douglas, who started all 72 games she played in her Sun Devil career, scored a goal or an assist in all but five games last season and enjoyed a streak in which she scored in the least one goal in seven consecutive games.
On August 18, it was announced that Douglas was one of 60 players on the 2022 Hermann Trophy Watch List. Presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, the Hermann Trophy is the nation’s highest individual honor recognizing the player National of the Year, as determined by the vote of Division I coaches who are members of United Soccer Coaches.
HUNTING FOR HISTORY PART II
The fifth-year midfielder is also within reach of breaking a career high on the program. Eva van Deursen (20 career assists/third place), who entered the 2022 campaign with six assists to become ASU’s all-time leader: Manya Makoski (second place/22 assists/2002-05), Stacey Tullock (first place / 25 assists / 1998-2001).
Last season, van Deursen, who also scored three goals, set the school’s single-season assist record with 10. At the end of the season, van Deursen led the Pac-12 and was No. 19 nationwide in assists per game (0.56). She matched her career high in a single game in assists (two) twice in ASU’s wins at UAB (August 29) and over Utah (October 31).
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE
ASU’s 2022 schedule includes six competitions against teams that qualified for last season’s NCAA Tournament: South Dakota State (T, 1-1), Pepperdine, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington State.
HOW IS IT FOR THE EXPERIENCE?
ASU returns quartet of fifth-year players as forwards Nicole Douglas (72 starts/72 games) and Olivia Nguyen (37 starts/62 games, including 36 starts in 38 games since the start of his junior season) and midfielders Alexia Delgado (58 starts/65 games) and Eva van Deursen (67 starts / 70 games). The four players have combined 234 games in starting experience out of 269 games.
The Sun Devils are also returning two other players with over 50 games of starting experience: defender Lieske Carleer (52 starts/53 career games) and defender/midfielder Callie Darst (57 starts in 58 career games). Darst has averaged 88.7 minutes in those 58 games.
ALL UP FOR THE CAPTAIN
The heart and soul of the team, Delgado will once again take on the captaincy duties this season. Delgado was a workhorse on the court, logging 60 minutes in all but one game, and 104 minutes in a game against Washington St.
“Alexia is the greatest leader I have ever met,” the head coach said Graham Winkworth. “Her professionalism is incredible. She’s an extremely intelligent player to the point that she reads the game a little faster than any opponent I’ve seen. She’s a coach on the pitch and our incredible captain. “
LIESKE LEADS THE DEFENSE
Entering its final year, Lieske Carleer will be the backbone of the Sun Devils defense. In 2021, she has started 17 games and played every minute in eight of those games. She earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for her performances at Mississippi St. where she played all but seven minutes of the game and at UAB. In those two games, Carleer’s work on the defensive end helped the Sun Devils shut out the Bulldogs and allow just one goal against UAB.
The Sun Devils welcome two transfers to the program, Gaby Rennie and Hannah Leitner. Rennie, who picked up an assist in his Sun Devil debut against South Dakota State, joined the Sun Devils after starting his career at Indiana University. She also spent time with the New Zealand national team and scored a goal for them at the Tokyo Olympics. In his three seasons playing for New Mexico State, Leitner became the program’s all-time career assists leader (12) and tied for eighth in career goals ( new).
MORE NEW FACES
The Sun Devils will also welcome nine freshmen to Tempe: Guardians Pauline Nelles and Kayla Letcher; defenders Andrea Kraetzer, Ava Wright, Meighan Farrel and Mya Wheeler; Midfielder Brianna Nunley and a pair of newcomers who can play in multiple positions: Enasia Colon (midfielder/forward) and Mia Lanni (midfielder/forward).
Both Colon and Kraetzer were in the starting lineup in ASU’s season opener against South Dakota State.
REVIEW OF 2021
• After their 8-1 record in non-conference games, ASU ranked 15th in United Soccer’s Top 25 Coaches, the highest in program history.
• Due to injuries, ASU had 22 different players in the starting lineup. Nicole Douglas and Callie Darst were the only two players to start all 20 games.
• After winning all five of their non-conference one-goal games, ASU weren’t so lucky in Pac-12 games as they went 1-6 in such games and also had a pair of ties.
• After losing the two-year starter Giulia Cascapera at fall camp, goalie duties were divided among freshmen Birta Gudlaugsdottir and Julia Ortega.
• Douglas (19 goals) and co-attacker Olivia Nguyen (seven goals) combined for 26 of ASU’s 42 goals. Although Douglas and Nguyen accounted for the majority of goals, ASU had 10 different players to find the back of the net in 2021.
SPOTLIGHT ON SUN DEVILS
Sun Devil Soccer appears seven times on Pac-12 Networks in 2022: vs. South Dakota State (opening night Aug. 18), vs. Hawaii (August 21), vs. Pepperdine (Sept. USC (Oct. 9), vs. Utah (Oct. 14), Washington State (Oct. 20), vs. Arizona (Nov. 4).
INTELLIGENT SOLAR DEVICE
Sun Devil Soccer was well represented on the 2021 Pac-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll as 19 Sun Devils were recognized by the conference.
In addition, Lieske Carleer and Eva van Deursen were both named to the 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Women’s Soccer Team.