NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks won their seventh straight match and remained perfect in conference play with a 5-0 victory over Northwestern State Sunday afternoon at the SFA Soccer Complex.
"The girls right now are focused, preparing and executing they way we want," SFA head coach Tony Amato said following the win. "To be able to put two conference games in the books the way we did this weekend, we feel really good about it."
Freshman forward Chelsea Raymond continued her freshman of the year campaign with two more goals, giving her a team-high nine for the season. One of those goals came on a milestone assist from junior midfielder Kylie Louw in the fifth minute, surpassing Christie Mestayer for number one all-time in school history with her 23rd career assist.
"Our program has had some very good players in the past and now she's (Louw) at the top of the list," Amato said in reference to Louw. "Hopefully she can just continue to build upon the record from here on out."
The Ladyjacks would strike again in the 30th minute when senior defender Jordan King launched a free kick from near midfield that senior forward Janae Lee settled underneath and backwards headed in a goal to make the score 2-0 SFA.
That score would hold into halftime but SFA would come out of intermission on fire, scoring two goals in the first three minutes. The first came on a penalty kick from junior forward Laura Sadler, her sixth goal of the year. Only two minutes later, Brenda Salazar led Raymond in the open field and the freshman was able to sneak her second goal of the day past NWLA keeper Jessica Danku to put SFA up 4-0.
SFA (9-2-1, 4-0-0) would put one more across in the 74th minute on a goal from Louw, her fifth of the year, on a shot inside the box on an assist from Lee to make the final score 5-0.
The seven consecutive victories ties the second longest mark in school history with the 2004 team and is four away from tying the all-time record of 11 set in 2005. In 2010, Amato's first season as head coach at SFA, the Ladyjacks reeled off six straight wins.
Northwestern State (7-7-0, 1-3-0) managed only seven shots on the afternoon and two on goal compared to 28 shots for SFA, 14 of which were shots on goal.
The Ladyjacks will hit the road next weekend in Louisiana for two more conference battles at McNeese State, Friday Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and a 1 p.m. contest at Lamar on Sunday.