Freshman forward Chelsea Raymond scored three goals in SFA's 3-0 win over UTSA.
Sept. 30, 2011
SFA 3, UTSA 0
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Freshman forward Chelsea Raymond became the first Ladyjack with a hat trick since Megan Cash in 2009 and the rest of the Ladyjacks played shutdown defense as Stephen F. Austin won their Southland Conference opener over UTSA 3-0 Friday evening in San Antonio.
SFA (6-2-1) has now reeled off four consecutive victories and have not lost since Aug. 26 at Tulsa when they began the season 0-2. For Raymond, it was her second straight match with two or more goals and for the second straight game she totaled six points to add to her now team-leading 17 points.
"We are very pleased with our performance tonight," SFA head coach Tony Amato said. "The team was focused on preparing for the match and they carried it throughout the 90 minutes. It is great to get a win on the first leg of this road trip and now we can start looking ahead to Sunday."
Raymond broke a scoreless tie in the 47th minute, her fifth goal of the season, when she took a pass from Kylie Louw broke away down the left side and scored from just inside the penalty box. The assist was Louw's team-leading seventh of the season, but more importantly tied Christie Mestayer (22 assists) for the school all-time leader in career assists.
Twenty minutes later it was Raymond once again scoring off an assist from Megan Wasiak, beating UTSA goalkeeper Dacia Webb for the sixth goal of her young career and giving SFA a 2-0 cushion in the 67th minute.
Raymond would add the finishing touches on a career night when she scored her third goal in the 85th minute. Both teams went scoreless in the first half but SFA did have chances to get on the board.
The Ladyjacks outshot the Roadrunners 10-5 and 8-1 SOG. Webb recorded eight saves for UTSA in the first 45 minutes on shots on goal from Louw (2), Raymond (2), Edwina Forbes, Melissa Gaudet, Laura Sadler and Brenda Salazar. At night's end SFA outshot UTSA (3-6-1) 19-6 and 14-2 SOG while goalkeeper Lacey Lee improved to 6-2-1 while collecting two saves.
The Ladyjacks look to make it five straight wins when they travel to Texas State Sunday at 1 p.m.