ASU women's soccer travels to Knoxville to face Tennessee and Kansas
After capturing a win in last week's season opener over UC Irvine, the Arizona State women's soccer team makes its first road trip of the 2009 season when it travels to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Lady Vol Classic. The Sun Devils will open the weekend on Friday night when they face the host Lady Vols (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) and then will conclude their time in Knoxville on Sunday when they take on Kansas (12:30 p.m. PT/9:30 a.m. PT).
Also participating in the weekend's competition will be Pepperdine, which faces Kansas in Friday's first game and Tennessee in Sunday's finale. The Sun Devils face Pepperdine on Sept. 25 in Tempe.
Friday's contest against Tennessee will be ASU's second ever meeting against the Southeastern Conference school. The Lady Vols defeated ASU 2-1 in the only prior meeting between the two schools in 1997. Sunday's game against Kansas will be the first ever meeting between the Sun Devils and Jayhawks.
ASU's contest against Tennessee can be seen via live streaming on Tennessee's official athletics website. The stream can be accessed by clicking here.
In one of the more unusual games it has been a part of in recent memory, the Arizona State women's soccer team came away with a 2-0 win over UC Irvine in the season opener for both teams. The game was called in the 78th minute because of lightning after being delayed for an hour and 40 minutes earlier in the evening. The Sun Devils were awarded the victory because at least 70 minutes of the game had been completed. Freshman forward Bianca Doller and junior midfielder Alexandra Elston were responsible for the goals while senior goalkeeper began the new season by accounting for her 13th career shutout. With the victory the Sun Devils moved to 3-0 in season openers under head coach Kevin Boyd.
Silvestri Moves Up the Charts
With last week's shutout over UC Irvine senior goalkeeper Briana Silvestri moved into a tie for third place (Kelly Fitzgerald, 2001-04) on ASU's all-time list for career shutouts (13). It's the latest accomplishment for Silvestri, who last season set the school's single-season record for goals against average for the second consecutive season. Silvestri needs four more shutouts to pass Kim Bingham (16.5 saves, 2003-06 for second place). She would need 10 more shutouts to become ASU's all-time leader in shutouts, a distinction currently held by Erin Reinke.
Click below to see what ASU head coach Kevin Boyd and members of the ASU soccer team had to say about this week's road trip and last week's win over UC Irvine.