Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0) scored a program record 24 goals in its 24-6 victory over the Detroit Mercy Titans (0-2). It was the first time these two teams ever faced each other.
The Sun Devils were dominant from the first draw, scoring five unanswered goals until the Titans finally put one in the back of the net 11 minutes in.
However, the maroon and gold defense came up big throughout the rest of the half, only allowing two more goals and going into halftime with a 15-3 lead.
At the half, the Sun Devils were hot in many categories. They had 14 ground balls compared to the Titans’ seven.
Detroit Mercy had 15 fouls in the first half, which allowed the Sun Devils to capitalize in free position shooting. They had 10 free position shots, banking in five of them.
The final 30 minutes were very similar to the first 30, all Sun Devils. They were strong on both sides of the field, racking up nine more goals and only allowing Detroit Mercy to add three more. They outshot the Titans 43-14.
The Sun Devils had 13 different scorers in Friday’s victory, with four goals coming from sophomore midfielder Kaylon Buckner. Senior attacker Kerri Clayton had another impressive performance with a hat trick, along with junior attacker Taylor Carson.
Up next, the Sun Devils will have their first biggest test of the season against No. 3 Northwestern on Sunday at 11 a.m. MST. Head coach Tim McCormack spent six years as an assistant coach for the Wildcats prior to his arrival in Tempe.