SFA Wins Conference Opener Over SLU, 5-0
Sept. 28, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Five different Ladyjacks scored goal and SFA recorded their eighth shutout of the season resulting in a 5-0 Southland Conference opener victory over Southeastern Louisiana Friday evening at the SFA Soccer Field.
SFA (8-3-0, 1-0-0) won their 19th consecutive home game dating back to 2009 by outshooting the Lady Lions 21-5 (13-2 SOG), including a 12-2 differential in the second half.
"We talked about having a complete 90-minute effort before the game and the girls really responded tonight," SFA head coach Tony Amato said. "We especially did an outstanding job of connecting passes and played with a lot of energy so the girls really did deserve the win tonight. It's very important to start off conference play on a good note and now we have another tough one on Sunday against Oral Roberts."
The Ladyjacks got scoring efforts from Rachel Owens, Zuri Prince, Kylie Louw, Chelsea Raymond and Brenda Salazar en route to the team's second-highest scoring performance of the season. Goalkeeper Lacey Lee was forced to make just two saves while improving her personal record to 6-2-0.
SFA's scoring spree began midway through the first half when in the 28th minute freshman midfielder Rachel Owens scored amongst a jumbled mass in front of the net to put SFA up 1-0. Following Owens' second career goal, the Ladyjacks added another score in the 39th minute on a blast off the foot of sophomore forward Zuri Prince from nearly 25 yards away to put SFA on top 2-0 going into halftime.
In the second half SFA wasted no time in putting the game away, scoring their third goal of the match in 53rd minute on a nice give-and-go in front of the net from Raymond to Louw for the senior midfielder's third goal of the season. Just five minutes later Louw and Raymond connected once again, this time on a long up-field assist from Louw to Raymond, who easily chipped in her team-leading seventh goal to put the Ladyjacks comfortably in front, 4-0.
Salazar would the finishing touches on a perfect night with her second goal of the season in the 84th minute for the game's final score.
The Ladyjacks will be back at it on Sunday for the first-ever conference meeting against Oral Roberts (6-3-2), who were idle Friday evening. Game time is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the SFA Soccer Field.