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ASU soccer blanked by Texas Tech

FC Tucson firms up plans for next season; Pima College ends impressive road run

Arizona State University dropped the first match of the Cats Classic Friday night after a second half fusillade from Texas Tech.

The first half ended in a nil-nil draw after neither team was able to get many shots on frame. Texas Tech's coach Tom Stone showed his frustration with his players and shouted at them to take more chances when they got into the box.

ASU had offensive issues too. Midfielder Tiffni Smith opened up Texas Tech's defense in the 30th minute with an impressive dummy at the half line, but the team was unable to bring enough players up to take advantage and the play ended with the ball rolling harmlessly to Tech goalkeeper Victoria Essen.

Texas Tech came out of the half time break with an immediate try at ASU's goal, followed moments later with Taylor Little's pass to Madison Terry finding the back of the net. ASU was able to stay in the game with two more good tries at the Essen's net, but was unable to score. In minute 60, Jessica Fuston was able to take advantage of an open net and scored Tech's third goal off of a pass from Terry.

Terry scored her second goal when she drew ASU goalkeeper Alyssa Gillmore out of goal. Gillmore went down for a few moments but finished the game. After that, her defense of the goal was a bit out of sorts and Tech slipped two more shots over her head to seal up their victory.

Both teams will be in action on Sunday for the second and final day of the Cats Classic. ASU will be taking on Pacific at 11 a.m. and Texas Tech will face Arizona at 6 p.m. Both games will be at Mulcahy Stadium, 2300 E. 15th St.

Flipping out

Late in the match, ASU's Alyssa Freeman did something that isn't often seen in men's games: the flip throw.

In the standard throw in, a player takes a few steps to add a bit of speed to her throw. In the flip throw, a player starts a bit further back, tucks into a roll and throws the ball after coming back up. This way, a player can use the momentum of the roll to throw the ball faster, and thus further and more accurately. It's called centripetal acceleration and you can ask your local physicist about it.

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It is a handy way for a player to take a throw in from further down the field to quickly get it into the box and create a chance. It's what Freeman was doing for her team Friday night, where she delivered a ball from close to the midfield stripe into the box. It created a chance that her teammates were unable to capitalize on.

Because they tend to be larger and stronger, it is rare tactic to see among male players at the highest levels. It still comes up once in a while. When the Rochester Raging Rhinos defeated the Colorado Rapids in the 1999 U.S. Open Cup final, several of their offensive chances came off of flip throws.

FC Tucson to PDL?

FC Tucson is moving closer to signing on to be members of the Premier Development League. Long time Tucson soccer fans will remember that this was the league that the Tucson Amigos played in back in the 1990s.

There will be one big difference though: back in the days of the Amigos, teams could have a few older players. Current PDL rules allow no player over the age of 23.

Los Tucsonenses would likely be in the Southwest division, which includes teams in the Los Angeles area as well as Brigham Young University. BYU fields their college men's soccer team in the PDL rather than competing as an NCAA team.

The division also includes Orange County Blue Star, which in one of the odder twists in the annals of American soccer once included German great and current US national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

15 goals, no waiting

The Pima College men's team has its first home game Saturday after winning five out of their first seven matches, including a stunning 15-0 victory over South Mountain Community College on Sept. 6.

The Aztecs will be facing the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes (yes, that's really their moniker) Saturday at 2:30. Their home matches are played at Pima College West Campus and admission is free.

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Arizona State University Sun Devils vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Cats Classic, Tucson

Scoring Summary

  • TTU - Madison Terry, 47'
  • TTU - Jessica Fuston, 61'
  • TTU - Terry, 74'
  • TTU - Paige Strahan, 79'
  • TTU - Tiffni Smith, 84'

Misconduct Summary

  • No cautions or ejections issued.


Arizona State Sun Devils: Alyssa Gillmore - Jasmine Roth, Kari Shane, Kaitlin Pavlovich, Sierra Joseph - Nicole Acosta, Holland Crook, Taylor McCarter - Alexander Doller, Sierra Cook, Aissa Sanchez

Substitutions: Jessica DeLeon, Miah Mollay, Madison Cody, Alyssa Freeman, Sarah Van Horn, Blair Alderson, Kate Sangster, Rachael Ritter, Kiara Williams

Texas Tech Red Raiders: Victoria Esson - Jaelene Hinkle, Bridgett Jenkins, Casey McCall - Taylor Lytle, Tiffni Smith, Hayley Haagsma, Sarah Ellison - Jessica Fuston, Taylor Narvaiz, Paige Strahan

Substitutions: Erin Inman, Jessica Disabella, Madison Terry, Jackie Strug, Morgan Johnson, Mallory Yacullo, Maggie Fete, Dawn Ward, Cheyenne Diggs