Melissa Gaudet scores the second goal of the game on a penalty kick in SFA's 4-0 win over LSU.
Sept. 13, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - In front of a packed house of 1,113 fans, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack soccer team made a statement Friday evening with a 4-0 non-conference victory over SEC foe LSU marking the first time in school history SFA defeated the Tigers.
"I can't say enough about this group of young people," SFA head coach Wally Crittenden said. "From a program standpoint we talked about how we're going to have big moments throughout the season and this was a team identity moment. It was a chance for us to heighten our program. They knew we had never beat LSU and they were very proud of the opportunity that they had in front of them."
The Ladyjacks (5-1-1) put the pressure on LSU (3-3-1) right away in the eighth minute when junior forward Zuri Prince scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal off a deflection in front of the net past LSU goalkeeper Megan Kinneman, giving SFA the 1-0 lead.
Only 56 seconds later, LSU was whistled for a foul in the box off a corner kick when a Tiger defender wrestled down Brenda Salazar. Senior midfielder Melissa Gaudet took the penalty kick and was successful, giving SFA an early 2-0 cushion just 10 minutes into play.
"Scoring early goals always helps," Crittenden said. "We were on the other end of that situation a couple weeks ago against Arizona State and you find yourself chasing. Any time you can put yourself in a position of leverage is great. That's also one of the biggest challenges is maintaining focus and staying true to who you are and what got you in that position, and we stayed hungry the entire 90 minutes."
Freshman Amanda Doyle put the final touch on a stellar first half in the 31st minute when she scored her first career goal after crossing over a defender and firing a shot top corner past Kinneman for a 3-0 lead.
The Ladyjacks scored one final goal in the 83rd minute from sophomore Ashton Norman, her first of the season, off an assist from Christie Hinojosa.
Shots were almost even at night's end with LSU edging SFA 14-13 but the Ladyjacks had six shots on goal compared to just three from the Tigers. Senior goalkeeper Lacey Lee improved to 4-0-0 by making three saves. Kinneman fell to 2-2-1 for LSU.
SFA will have Sunday and the following four days off to prepare for Southland Conference play beginning with Oral Roberts in Nacogdoches on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. The Ladyjacks will then host Northwestern State on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.