Douglas becomes Sun Devil Soccer’s all-time leader in career goals in 6-2 ASU win over UAB
TEMPE, Ariz. — Sun Devil Athletics history was made Thursday as Nicole Douglas became Sun Devil Soccer’s all-time leader in career goals with her 11th career multi-goal game in ASU’s 6-2 win over UAB on Thursday.
The 2021 NCAA leader in goals (19), goals per game (0.95) and points per game (2.25), Douglas entered the 2022 season with five goals to surpass the school record of 21. years of Sun Devil Hall of Famer Stacey Tullock. 50 career goals.
After failing to find the back of the net in ASU’s 1-1 draw against South Dakota State – a contest in which ASU’s offense was affected by gusty winds during of the 48 minutes played on August 18 before being interrupted by lightning and completed on August 18. 19 – It took relatively little time for Douglas to claim the top spot in the Sun Devil’s record books, scoring five goals in the next three games.
“(September 1) is Nicole Douglas daytime. I mean ASU football is almost going to have to make a date because she’s so special for this program,” the ASU head coach said. Graham Winkworth said of Douglas’ achievement. “She’s not just a special individual talent, but she’s an incredible teammate and an incredible person.
“As a coach, she’s one of those players who comes once in a career, not just because of her talent, but because of her personality. She’s so humble. She wants to celebrate everything with her teammates. And “, you know, I wish her family could be here with her today. But she has a second family here and I know she’s going to really enjoy it. But she’s a special talent and an amazing young lady.”
On Thursday, Douglas also tied Tullock’s school record with 16 game-winning goals after registering his second of the season against UAB.
NICOLE DOUGLAS RECORD BOOK WATCH
|1. Stacey Tullock (1998-01) 50-25 125
2. Nicole Douglas (2018-present) 51-18,120
|1. Nicole Douglas (2018–present) 51
2. Stacey Tulock (1998-01) 50
WINNING OBJECTIVES FOR THE CAREER
|1. Stacey Tulock (1998-01) 16
Nicole Douglas (2018–present) 16
“I had a really, really good season last year and I prepared as best I could for this year,” Douglas said when asked if there was anything special. in her preparation for the season, knowing how close she was to the career goals record. . “I knew it was one of the most important years of my career so far. And I put myself in the best position possible to do it. And I also had my team around me. And having amazing talent in this team just helps me and makes my job a lot easier.I also thank my teammates.
“Breaking (the school career goal record) is dedicated to my teammates, my family, my friends, my coaches, my mom, my dad, everyone who has supported me on this journey,” said Douglas, who came to Tempe from London, England. “Going into first grade at 18, I never thought it would be possible. I never thought about breaking records. And to hold this record now is just an incredible feeling. I’m speechless.”
Douglas (120 career points/51 goals and 18 assists), who has scored 24 goals in ASU’s last 24 games since last season, now needs six points to surpass Tullock’s career-high 125 points .
DOUGLAS AMONG QUARTET OF ‘SUPER SENIORS’
ASU fired a quartet of fifth-year players in the form of forwards Douglas (75 starts/75 games) and Olivia Nguyen (40 starts/65 games, including 39 starts in 41 games since the start of his junior season) and midfielders Alexia Delgado (61 starts/68 games) and Eva van Deursen (70 starts/73 games).
In Thursday’s win, all four players combined for four goals – Douglas (2), van Deursen (1), Delgado (1) – and each player also got an assist.
For van Deursen, his assist on Keri Matthews’ the goal was 22n/a of her career, placing her second on ASU’s career list for assists. She needs four assists to break Tullock’s career-high 25 assists. Douglas is also tied for fifth on this list with 18 assists.
EVA VAN DEURSEN RECORD BOOK WATCH
|1. Stacey Tullock (1998-01) 25
2. Manya Makoski (2002-05) 22
Eva Van Deursen (2018-Present) 22
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
Other than ASU’s 10-3 shots advantage and 5-3 shots advantage, there was little evidence to suggest the offensive explosion that took place in the second half, leading to the total of ASU’s highest goals since last year’s season opener, a 6-1 win over Central Arkansas.
Enasia Colonwho got his first career assist in Sunday’s game at Denver, broke the tie with his first career goal in the 54e minute. Douglas followed with his second goal to break the career high in the 66e minute then decisive pass on van Deursen’s goal in the 71stst minute to extend ASU’s lead to 4-1.
UAB responded 90 seconds later to cut ASU’s lead to 4-2. Goals by Matthews (83rd minute) and Delgado (87e minute) put the game out of reach. Jazmine Wilkinson and Lucy Johnson assisted on Delgado’s goal. For Johnson, it was his third assist of the afternoon.
“The last three games we had chances for other players, and it didn’t fall for them,” Winkworth said of ASU’s offensive explosion. “But it was really good for Enasia to score. And then it was really good for [Keri Matthews] score because she was playing on the front line. Having Eva Van Deursen starting from midfield and also scoring. It’s nice to work on some things in training and then it comes through in games and this second half showed that in an attacking way.”
NO MORE NEWS
Ahead of Thursday’s game, it was announced that Sun Devil Soccer had agreed to play a non-conference game against Grambling State on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in Tempe.
The Sun Devils game against Hawaii on August 21 was called off due to lightning continuing to stay in the area for more than 30 minutes past the originally scheduled playing time.
“I’m thrilled to add another game to our 2022 schedule,” Winkworth said. “Having the weather cancel our game against Hawaii was so disappointing. Coaches, players and our fans have been waiting so long for our short season to arrive, so we want to have a full set of games.
ASU plays the second of five straight home games on Sunday (7:00 p.m. MST) when it hosts Georgia Southern. Tickets for Sunday’s contest can be purchased by clicking here.