Three Sun Devils Earn Pac-12 Recognition
Story from ASU Athletics PR
Tempe, AZ (Wednesday, November 8th, 2012) - Three Arizona State University women’s soccer players were recognized by the Pac-12 on Wednesday as the conference announced its annual awards for the 2012 season as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Recognized by the league were senior midfielder Taylor McCarter (All-Pac-12 second team), junior forward Devin Marshall (All-Pac-12 second team) and freshman forward Cali Farquharson (All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team).
A two-time team MVP, McCarter is receiving Pac-12 honors for the third consecutive season to go along with All-Region honors last season. A starter in all 79 games since her freshman season, McCarter has continued to be a central part of ASU’s success this season. McCarter was named to the Cats Classic All-Tournament Team after helping lead ASU to wins over Loyola Marymount (Sept. 14) and FIU (Sept. 16). McCarter scored her third career goal in the win over LMU. One week earlier she was named the MVP of the Sun Devil Desert Classic for her performance in ASU’s games against Houston (Sept. 7) and in the Sun Devils’ 1-0 upset of No. 10 Pepperdine (Sept. 9). She added her second assist of the season in ASU’s 5-4 double overtime win over USC on Sept. 28.
Marshall, who was named to the Pac-10’s All-Freshman Team in 2010, turned in a stellar campaign in 2012 as she tied for the team lead in goals (9) and finished second in the Pac-12 in goals per game (0.60) and third in points per game (1.33) despite missing five-plus games due to injury. Marshall, who at one point this season scored a least one goal in five straight games, tied her single-game career high of two goals on two occasions this season, most recently against Utah on Oct. 25. She added another goal in ASU’s 2-1 win over Colorado on Oct. 28. With the goal against Colorado, Marshall moved into 10th place on a few of ASU’s all-time lists: career goals (16 – needs two to move into a tie for ninth place), career points (39 – tied for 10th/needs nine points to move into a tie for ninth place) and most goals in a single-season (nine – tied for 10th/needs one goal to move into tie for seventh, two to move into a tie for fifth and three to move into a tie for fourth).
Farquharson came in and proved to be an immediate difference maker for the Sun Devils in her rookie season. A local product who graduated from Shadow Mountain High School, Farquharson tied Marshall for the team lead in goals this season (9) and led the team in points (22). She would break out with a virtuoso performance in ASU’s 5-4 double OT win over USC (Sept. 28). With Marshall out of the lineup, Farquharson provided the ASU offense with a spark — and then some — as she tied the single-game school record with three goals and also added a pair of assists to set the single-game school record for points (8). She became the third Sun Devil in school history to score three goals and the second one to do it as a freshman (former Sun Devil Patrice Feulner, who is currently an associate director in ASU’s Office of Student-Athlete Development, scored three goals in back-to-back games as a freshman in 2000). Farquharson had a goal and assisted on the game-winning goal in ASU’s 2-1 win at Oregon (Oct. 21). She would culminate the regular season by scoring the game-wining goals in back-to-back games vs. Colorado (with 22 seconds left in double overtime) and against Arizona (with 1:53 left in regulation).
All three players will be in action on Friday at 7 p.m. when the Sun Devils host Baylor in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Tickets for Friday night’s game are on sale now and can be purchased in person or over the phone by contacting the Sun Devil ticket office at 480-727-0000. Ticket prices will be $7 for adults, $5 for juniors (under 18) and seniors (60 and over), $5 for ASU students (with ID) and $3 for groups of 15 or more.