Sun Devil Soccer beats Toledo 5-0 to finish non-conference match unbeaten

TEMPLE – In the last game before the conference game and in the absence of the head coach Graham Winkworth due to illness, Sun Devil Soccer followed Wednesday night’s 5-0 win over Grambling State with another 5-0 victory, this one against Toledo on Sunday night.

For the fifth consecutive game, Nicole Douglas found the back of the net with his ninth goal of the season. ASU flooded the Toledo defense with 21 of 36 shots on target.

Assistant coaches Joe Chubb and Alexander Ross took the reins in the closing non-conference game.

“It was really important for us in these last two games to bet on our performances, to focus on our performances, hoping that the result will come,” said Chubb.

First-year student Ava Wright opened the scoring with a superb header for his first career goal from a corner from the foot of Keri Matthewswho landed the first assist of his career.

First-year student Enasia Colon continued her quality play as she assisted on two goals for the Sun Devils. Colon has a four-game point streak with one goal and four assists during that streak.

BREAK THE PATTERN

Just four days before Sunday night’s game, Winkworth praised the Sun Devils’ set-piece defense but marked their inability to score on corner kicks as an area subject to change. Eleven minutes into the game, Wright answered the call by scoring on the aforementioned header. The ASU defense fended off all four of Toledo’s corner kicks to maintain an impeccable defensive record.

APPLY PRESSURE

It took just 18 seconds for the Sun Devils to get a shot on goal as they controlled the majority of the possession battle throughout the game. ASU managed to get 10 of 18 shots on goal in the first half, with two goals scored in the first half by Wright and the striker Olivia Nguyenwho scored his first goal of the season with a clean shot after Kennedy Mayo perseverance won the ball. Douglas was active in the second half, as she had nine shots while scoring once, adding to her prestigious accolades.

LATE REVIEW

After a 33-minute drought, ASU scored three more goals in just over 13 minutes. Douglas kicked the stretch that ultimately put the game out of reach. In the 79e minute, Mayo was finally rewarded for her hard work and unsaved contributions, scoring her first goal of the season.

There was a lot of talk about Mayo’s performance, with CoChubb acknowledging “she delivered tonight” and “was a game-changer”.

Midfield Commander Eva van Deursen topped off 91 seconds later for a fifth Sun Devil goal. Her sail shot that left the Rockets in their tracks ticked her off as ASU’s fifth different scorer of the night.

REALLY CLEAN

Sunday’s 5-0 shutout marked the first time ASU has had consecutive clean sheets since Feb. 26 and Feb. 14, 2021, when Sun Devil Soccer held Grand Canyon and USC scoreless. First-year student Pauline Nelles didn’t allow a goal in the last 153 minutes she was in and was credited with four wins to start her Sun Devil career before Pac-12 play began.

10-0 IN 180 MINUTES

In the past two games, there has been an ASU scoring entourage with seven different players accounting for 10 goals. He scores the most goals ASU has managed in consecutive games since the first two contests of the 2019 season, when they amassed 14 goals in straight 7-1 wins over Central Arkansas (Aug. 25) and Tennessee Tech (August 29). ).

NOT TOO BAD

With the win, the Sun Devils are now 28-7-2 in the regular season, with non-conference games dating back to 2018, including a 14-1-2 record the past two seasons.

NEXT

The Sun Devils will start Pac-12 play Friday when they play Colorado (4 p.m. MDT/3 p.m. MST). The game can be seen on Colorado’s live stream.

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