Women's golf wins second tournament of season

October 26, 2008

The Arizona State women's golf team capped the fall season on high with their second tournament win as the Sun Devils handily won The Derby Invitational. Led by All-Americans Anna">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/nordqvist_anna00.html">Anna Nordqvist and Azahara">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/munoz_azahara00.html">Aza... Munoz, the Sun Devils shot a 5-over 869 (300-284-285). The Sun Devils finished with an 18 stroke lead over second place Virginia, who carded a 23-over 887 (289-298-300).

"Winning by 18 is always a good way to end the fall season," said Nordqvist, "It was nice to get that last win before the offseason." Download Full Image

"Before coming out here we had a meeting," said Munoz, "We said we wanted to end the fall season how we started, with a win, and that's what we did."

Nordqvist tore up the course throughout the tournament. After tying her low round of 5-under 67 yesterday, the junior carded a 2-under 70 in the third round to win her first tournament of the season. Nordqvist shot a 9-under 207 (70-67-70) to earn her first outright tournament victory since the 2007 PING/ASU Invitational and second all-time. She also tied for first at last year's PING/ASU Invitational, but fell in the playoff.

"It feels so good to win, I've been so close so many times," says Nordqvist. "Everything just seemed to go my way this tournament. I played solid golf and I'm really happy."

Shooting a 5-under 211 (72-70-69), Munoz tied for second behind Nordqvist. The reigning NCAA champion carded a 3-under 69 in the third round, knocking in three birdies.

"We knew we could come back after the first day," said Munoz. "We played really well yesterday and we played pretty well today."

Jennifer">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/osborn_jennifer00.html">J... Osborn tied for 12th. The senior shot an 8-over 224 (78-73-73). Juliana">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/murcia_juliana00.html">Ju... Murcia finished the tournament tied for 21st at 11-over 227 (80-74-73). Liisa">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/kelo_liisa00.html">Liisa Kelo shot a 39-over 255 (82-85-88).

The Sun Devils will begin their spring season, with their full roster, in February at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.

ASU women's soccer falls hard to Stanford

October 26, 2008

The ASU women's soccer team was defeated by fifth-ranked Stanford 5-0 on Sunday. The Sun Devils' record dropped to 7-5-4 (1-3-1 Pac-10) while Stanford improved to 16-0-1 (6-0-0 Pac-10).

Offensively, the Sun Devils were only able to generate five shots for the day while the Cardinal had 33. On the defensive end, the Sun Devils were without junior goalkeeper Briana">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/silvestri_briana00.html... Silvestri on Sunday. Coming through with gritty performances in her place were junior Katie">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/cochran_katie00.html">K... Cochran (seven saves, two goals allowed) and freshman Leslie">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/castellano_leslie00.htm... Castellano (five saves, three goals allowed), who combined for 12 saves on the afternoon. Download Full Image

"Stanford is the best team we've seen in two years" said ASU head coach Kevin">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/boyd_kevin00.html">Kevin Boyd. "They are just so explosive and fast all over the field and they do that with technique and ability to keep the ball. Plus it was senior day and so they had a lot going for them.

"We decided we'd try to play them head to head knowing they were that good because I wanted our players to get a feel for what the top looks like and what we have to do to get there."

Stanford opened the scoring at the 19-minute mark when Kelly O'Hara got free on a breakaway and finished by getting her shot into the far post for a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinal increased its lead to 2-0 when Lindsay Taylor took a ball headed back to her by teammate Teresa Noyola and sent a shot passed Cochran.

The Cardinal would score three more times in the second half to make the final count 5-0.

Two Sun Devils - Castellano and sophomore Heather Woolschlager - saw the first action of their respective collegiate careers in Sunday's match at Stanford. Five ASU players - Carly">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/kallas_carly00.html">Carly Kallas, Erica">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/long_erica00.html">Erica Long, Kate">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/sangster_kate00.html">Kate Sangster, Jill">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/shoquist_jill00.html">Jill Shoquist, Karin">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/volpe_karin00.html">Karin Volpe - combined to take ASU's five shots.

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ASU returns to action on Friday when it hosts Oregon at 7 p.m.