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Volpe leads ASU women's soccer to sweep of NAU

September 27, 2009

Junior forward Karin Volpe scored two goals and assisted on two others as the Arizona State women's soccer team defeated Northern Arizona 4-0 on Sunday.

With the win the Sun Devils improved to 7-1-2, which ties the second-highest number of wins after 10 games in program history. The 1997 team was 9-1 while the 1999 (7-3-0) and 2002 (7-1-2) teams also won seven games. ASU also remained unbeaten at home this season (5-0-1).

ASU outshot NAU (5-5-1) 24-5, including a 10-1 advantage in shots on goal.  Volpe's nine shots led ASU.

The Sun Devils got things started in the 14th minute when Volpe took a pass from Alexandra Elston and flicked the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Less than 10 minutes later ASU extended its lead to 2-0 when Volpe crossed the ball to redshirt freshman forward Courtney Tinnin, who found the back of the net for the first goal of her career.

Tinnin would return the favor in the 59th minute when she found Volpe breaking free toward the goal. Volpe took Tinnin's pass, beat the defense and got her shot passed NAU goalkeeper Tori Rocke to put ASU up 3-0.

Freshman Amy Dougher put the finishing touches on ASU's victory in the 88th minute when she took a cross from Volpe in front of the goal and laced a shot into the net for the first goal of her career.

With her two goals on the day Volpe tied her single-game career best, which she has accomplished on three other occasions, including earlier this season at Tennessee.  Volpe also moved into fourth place on ASU's career list for game-winning goals (8) and into a tie for eighth place for career points (39). Volpe now leads the Sun Devils in goals (4) and points (11) and is tied for second in assists (3).

With goals by Tinnin and Dougher on Sunday the Sun Devils now have 10 different players who have scored this season.

ASU is off next week and will begin the Pac-10 portion of its schedule when it resumes play on Oct. 9 when it travels to Los Angeles to face USC.