Aug. 20, 2010
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack soccer team kicked off a new era and a new tradition Friday night. On the strength of goals by Kim Kimmel and Janae Lee, the Ladyjacks took a 2-1 win over Louisiana Tech in the season opener and started the Tony Amato era with a victory.
With the win, Amato becomes the first coach in program history to coach the Ladyjacks to a win in his debut. The victory also marked the start of a new campus tradition as the new purple victory lights atop the Steen Towers were lit for the first time.
Lee's game-winning goal came in the 74th minute and broke a 1-1 tie to complete SFA's come-from-behind win. She found the net from point-blank range following a well-placed corner kick by Becky Johnson that found space in front of the goal. Laura Sadler took a swipe at the ball, but her shot was deflected toward Lee, who finished the chance with a chip over the sprawling Louisiana Tech goalkeeper for her fourth career goal.
"We hadn't played any preseason games, and you can only get so much from training, no matter how much you try to simulate game situations," Amato said. "I thought we started a little slow due to that, but we pulled it together nicely. To go down a goal then come back and win like we did, that's good to see, and it's a great way to start the season."
The Lady Techsters took an early lead with a goal by Taylor Dennis in the seventh minute. She got behind the SFA defense following a long service from Scotti Culton. Ladyjack goalkeeper Courtney Bauder came out to defend the threat, but Dennis knocked a bouncing ball off Bauder and in for a 1-0 Louisiana Tech lead.
The Ladyjacks got the equalizer off Kimmel's foot in the 19th minute. Kylie Louw made a long run from midfield into Techster territory to start things off. She played the ball ahead for Kimmel who outran the Tech defense to get a one-one-one with 'keeper Cat Buchanan. Buchanan came out to challenge the run, and Kimmel slipped a low shot past her right side and into the net. The goal was the ninth of Kimmel's career.
In addition to assisting on Kimmel's goal, Louw recorded a game-high four shots with one on goal. Jordan King attempted three shots, and Lee took aim twice.
Bauder finished with three saves in her first win of the season.
SFA will return to action Sunday, when the Ladyjacks travel to Houston to take on Rice. The game is set for a 6 p.m. start.
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