Sophomore forward Chelsea Raymond scored two goals in SFA's 11-0 victory over Prairie View Saturday.
Aug. 11, 2012
SFA 11, PVU 0
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - After a 10-month layoff, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks soccer team looked anything but rusty in their exhibition match against Prairie View A&M, cruising to an 11-0 victory over the Lady Panthers.
SFA dominated the ball the entire evening, outshooting Prairie View 36-3 and 18-3 shots on goal. Sophomore forward Zuri Prince, who SFA head coach Tony Amato has said will have a bigger offensive role in 2012, scored a game-high four goals while senior forward Laura Sadler and sophomore forward Chelsea Raymond each scored two goals apiece.
"We were clinical in front of the goal tonight," Amato said. "We created a bunch of opportunities and were able to capitalize off them. Zuri is going to play in a role this year where she's going to be in a position to score goals, so tonight was an encouraging sign."
After 10 minutes of scoreless play to start the contest, the floodgates finally opened up at the 10-minute mark when Raymond took a lead pass from Prince and was able to beat Lady Panther keeper Bianca Garza for a 1-0 lead.
Just six minutes later Raymond put the ball in the back of the net yet again, this time taking a cross from Sadler just inside the box for a 2-0 advantage. Only two minutes after it was Sadler's turn to get in the scoring book, speeding past two defenders for a chip shot goal and a 3-0 lead.
SFA would add five more goals over the remaining 23 first half minutes, which included two goals from Prince, a second from Sadler and one goal for each Dallas Brown and Brenda Salazar.
After leading 8-0 at intermission, the Ladyjacks would score three more goals in the second half, the third and fourth of the night from Prince and another goal from senior forward Becky Johnson. In total Prince finished the evening with a staggering nine points (4g, 1 a).
The Ladyjacks will now set their eyes on the regular season home opener, which will take place against Houston next Friday, Aug. 17 at the SFA Soccer Field.
"That's a big game for us," Amato said. "You always want to start off on the right foot and Houston is a good team in a good conference. We're going to have to be ready for them. Speed of play is going to pick up for us. We're actually going to shut it down tomorrow and have a light day on Monday to get our legs back under us and then start building for Friday."
Friday's season opener against the Cougars is set for a 7 p.m. start.