ASU women’s soccer returned from their season-opening road trip having won their first game 2-1 against Boston University, and tieing the next game 1-1 against Boston College.
According to Head Coach Kevin Boyd, the Sun Devils went into their weekend road trip with “4 or 5 players sick” and yet still managed to go undefeated whilst only conceding two goals.
One of the sick players was junior defender Madison Stark who even though was still under the weather still played. Boyd noted that due to her condition she wasn’t at her usual best
“She slept, and hydrated, and did the things she needed to do to get through games but we didn’t quite get the vocal and impactful presence she can have,” Boyd said.
Freshman forward Christina Edwards was the one who scored the first goal of the Sun Devils’ season and assisted the next goal to help secure the win against Boston University.
Although it was Edwards who filled the stat sheet, the biggest freshman standout was defender Devyn Kelsey who caught the eye of many by starting at center back.
“It’s a phenomenal statement to have any freshman start at center back” Boyd said.
Having also assisted one goal over the weekend she also impressed some of her teammates as well.
“Devyn kind of reminds me of [McKenzie Berryhill] in a way” redshirt senior midfielder Lucy Lara said. “She’s just super calm back there. She knows when to kick it out and knows when o to play it safe. I think out of all the freshmen she’s stood out the most.”
“I’ve seen her (Berryhill) play a couple times and I think [I see myself in her],” Kelsey said. “She was good in the air and really composed on the ball and I try not to panic when I get the ball.”
Another takeaway from the opening weekend was Junior forward Aly Moon is now playing in an attacking midfield spot as opposed to striker. Moon spent all of last season up front or on the wing, usually partnered with ex-forward Cali Farquharson.
“[Moon] is very good there,” Boyd said. “But she’s going to have to find a way to score out of that position. She’s feeling it out and those were two very tough teams to feel it out against.”
The Sun Devils look to stay undefeated in their home opener this Friday against Loyola Chicago at 7 P.M.