Sun Devil Soccer hosts Stanford on Sunday in annual breast cancer awareness game

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THE GAME: Sun Devil Soccer (6-0-2, 2-0 Pac-12) vs. Stanford (8-2-1, 1-1 Pac-12)
WHEN: Sunday at 1pm MST
WHERE: Sun Devil Football Stadium • Tempe, Arizona.
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Football team Sun Devil (6-0-2, 2-0 Pac-12) will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record when they host Stanford’s perennial powerhouse Pac-12 (8-2-1, 1 -1) Sunday (1 p.m. MST) at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The contest will be ASU’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

ASU had to come from behind to make their first 2-0 league start since 2007 after their 2-1 win over Cal on Thursday. For a second game in a row, the fifth-year seniors Alexia Delgado and Eva van Deursen found the back of the net for the Sun Devils. Van Deursen’s 73rd minute goal – assisted by Delgado and Lucy Johnson — gave the Sun Devils a lead they wouldn’t give up.

In ASU’s Pac-12 opener at Colorado (September 23), Delgado scored the game’s first goal and van Deursen scored the other two, including the game-winner with three seconds left in ASU’s spectacular 3-2 victory.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

• Entering Sunday’s action, ASU is one of four undefeated Pac-12 teams in the league. ASU, top-ranked UCLA and No. 20 USC are all 2-0. Washington State is also undefeated with a 1-0-1 record.
• From an overall record perspective, ASU’s current 6-0-2 mark is its best record after eight games since the start of the 2020 campaign (played in Spring 2021) with the same record.
• Four of ASU’s next five games are against Pac-12 2021 NCAA Tournament teams: Stanford next weekend at #1 UCLA and #20 USC and #15 Washington State (Oct. ).
• ASU enters Sunday’s game third in the nation in assists per game (3.38), fourth in points per game (9.62), fifth in scoring offense (3.12 goals per game) and 15th in shots on goal per game (9.62).
• ASU was led by returning All-American Nicole Douglas. Now the program’s all-time career leader in goals (55), points (129) and game-winning goals (17), Douglas is currently fourth in the nation in goals per game (1.12) and SOG per game. (2.50), fifth in points per game (2.50), sixth in total goals (9), eighth in total points (20) and 15th in game-winning goals (3).
• After failing to find the back of the net in ASU’s season opener against South Dakota State (August 18), Douglas scored nine goals in the next five ASU games. KNEW. In ASU’s 5-0 win over Toledo (Sept. 14), Douglas, who was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19, tied the school’s single-game school record. for goals (3) for the fourth time. in his career. She has now scored 12 multiple goals in a game and has scored 28 goals in ASU’s last 26 games.
• ASU has scored 21 goals in its last five games (6 against UAB, 5 against Grambling State and Toledo, 3 against Colorado and 2 against Cal). During ASU’s five-game winning streak, Douglas (6 goals), van Deursen (5 goals), and Delgado (4 goals) combined for 15 of ASU’s 21 goals. Van Deursen and Delgado both set new single-season career highs in goals.
• Both Lucy Johnson (vs UAB) and Kennedy Mayo (against Toledo) tied the school record in a single game for assists (3). Johnson currently leads the nation in assists per game (1.0) and freshman teammate Enasia Colon is 35th (0.5).

STATE OF PLAY

The fact that the Sun Devils are undefeated is a testament to the team’s focus and leadership.

Both of ASU’s opening weekend contests were affected by weather conditions. ASU’s opener, a 1-1 draw against 2021 NCAA Tournament entrant South Dakota State, began on the night of August 18 and ended the morning of August 19. Keri Matthews’ The first career goal tied the game at 1-1 on August 19 after SDSU took the lead the night before. ASU’s next scheduled contest against Hawai’i (August 21) hasn’t even started (lightning) and was eventually canceled.

ASU was able to start and complete its first road contest, a 2-1 victory at Boise State (August 25) without any unusual stops. However, weather issues came into play again – a lightning 50-minute delay before the start of the second half – in ASU’s 1-1 draw at Denver (August 28).

ASU came home and scored their most goals since the 2021 season opener in a 6-2 win over UAB (Sept. 1). The Sun Devils then went 13 days without playing a game after their home games against Georgia Southern (September 4) and Pepperdine (September 8) were canceled (Covid-19 protocols).

ASU came back from the extended break with a pair of 5-0 wins over Grambling State (September 14) and Toledo (September 18) before opening Pac-12 play with a dramatic 3-2 win at Colorado (Sept. 23) and Thursday’s 2-1 win over Cal.



DONE BEFORE
The tremendous work ASU has done to weather adversity this season – weather affecting multiple games, a break in play due to Covid, dealing with in-game momentum changes – should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the program these last years. During the 2020 Covid season (played in the spring of 2021), ASU made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014 and was close to making its first Sweet 16 after falling to Duke in 2OT. Last season, ASU still managed to post a double-digit win total (10) despite having to face 22 different players in the starting lineup due to an unlucky string of injuries. Including this season’s 4-0-2 record, ASU is now 28-7-2 in regular season, non-conference games since 2018, including a 14-1-2 in the past two seasons.



IT’S EARLY, BUT STILL TO BE NOTED…
At the start of conference play, ASU had the second-highest RPI among Pac-12 teams (#31). In the most recent RPI (Sept. 25), ASU moved up to No. 17 after their win over Colorado. Every Pac-12 team is currently in the Top 100 with nine teams in the Top 60: UCLA (No. 1), ASU (No. 17), Washington State (No. 25), Utah (No. 33), USC ( No. 39), Oregon (No. 40), Cal (No. 49), Stanford (No. 51), and Washington (58).



MAKE HISTORY
All eyes were on the 2021 NCAA scoring leader Nicole Douglas, who earned All-America Third Team honors in 2021 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/No. 1 in the nation) and points (45). She also led the nation in goals per game (0.95) and points per game (2.25).


On September 1, 2022, Douglas became ASU’s all-time leader in career goals after scoring twice in ASU’s 6-2 win over UAB. Douglas tied and then passed Sun Devil Hall of Famer Stacey Tullock (50 goals/1998-2001) against UAB. On September 14 against Grambling State, Douglas became ASU’s new career leader in points (126/54 goals and 18 assists) and game-winning goals (17), passing Tullock in both Grambling State categories ( September 14).


Douglas, who has started all 79 games of her career, scored a goal or an assist in all but five games last season and had a streak in which she scored at least one goal in seven consecutive games. She has scored multiple goals in a game 12 times in her career and tied the school single-game record for goals (3) four times – most recently in ASU’s 5-0 win over Grambling State ( September 14) – and the single-game record for assists (3) once.


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.



HUNTING FOR HISTORY
The fifth-year midfielder is also within reach of breaking a career high on the program. Eva van Deursen (23 career assists/second place), who needs three assists to become ASU’s all-time leader. Tullock (first place/25 assists/1998-2001) holds the school record. Van Deursen has already registered five goals and three assists in a single season this season. She scored the game-winning goal with three seconds left in ASU’s 3-2 win at Colorado (Sept. 23) and followed it up with another game-winning goal in the 73rd minute of ASU’s 2-1 victory over Cal (September 29).


In 2021, van Deursen set the school’s single-season assist record with 10 in addition to scoring three goals. At the end of the season, van Deursen led the Pac-12 and was No. 19 in the nation 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).


Van Deursen was named to the College Soccer News Women’s National Team of the Week for the week ending September 25. ASU won 3-2 in its first Pac-12 game at Colorado (Sept. 23). remains tied, a penalty shootout will be held to determine the winner.

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