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Haluska's 10 Saves Note Enough in ASU Loss

Published: August 24, 2015


TEMPE, Ariz. — 
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Angela Haluska made 10 saves, but the Portland State women's soccer team couldn't hold off a veteran Arizona State attack as the Sun Devils beat the Vikings 3-0 at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium Friday in both teams' 2015 season opener.
The Sun Devils (1-0-0) went up early on the Vikings (0-1-0) in the first half, as the Sun Devils' Cali Farquharson and Larisa Staub combined for two goals in the first 17 minutes of the match.
Farquharson, a 2014 All-Pac-12 first-team selection who led the Sun Devils and ranked second in the Pac-12 with 14 goals scored last season, opened the scoring for the Sun Devils in the 6th minute, when she slotted a ball past Haluska into the left side of the Viking net.
Staub then doubled the lead in the 17th minute, when she pushed a shot to the right of Haluska following a pass from Tommi Goodman.
The Sun Devils pushed for a third goal in the first half, but Haluska kept the Vikings in the match with a number of first-half saves. Six of Haluska's 10 saves came in the first 45 minutes, keeping an ASU attack that returned its top 11 scorers from last season at bay.
Haluska's 10 saves more than doubled her previous career high of four, set in 2013 in the team's season opener against Oregon. Additionally, Haluska's 10 saves mark the first time a Viking goalkeeper has saved 10 or more shots in a match since Caitlin Plese recorded 10 saves in the Vikings' 2-0 win over Hawai'I on Sept. 15, 2013.
However, despite Haluska and the Viking defense's best efforts, the Sun Devils broke through with a third goal in the second half, as ASU's Aly Moon scored off an assist from Madison Stark in the 51st minute.
The ASU defense, meanwhile, made it difficult for the Viking offense to create any chances of their own, as the Sun Devils held the Vikings to just two shots in the match. Junior midfielder Aurora Bodenhamer recorded both of the Vikings' shots in the second half, including a shot on goal in the 63rd minute.
The Vikings now head to Cal State Northridge for a match at 1 p.m. (PT) Sunday where they'll look to bounce back and record their first win of their 2015 campaign.
Match Notes: Friday's match was the Vikings' first-ever match against Arizona State…PSU head coach Laura Schott faced off against her former collegiate coach in ASU's Kevin Boyd in the match…Portland State falls to 8-34-2 all-time against Pac-12 opponents…ASU outshot the Vikings 22-2 in the match Friday.

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