SFA Wins Fifth Straight, Blanks Cowgirls 2-0
Oct. 14, 2012
LAKE CHARLES, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks remained undefeated in Southland Conference with a 2-0 victory at McNeese State (7-8-2, 2-4-0) Sunday afternoon, marking SFA's ninth victory in their last 10 matches.
SFA (12-3-0, 5-0-0) collected their nation-leading 12th shutout of the season and are now just one shutout shy from tying last year's school record 13 shutouts.
Both teams played to a scoreless first half but SFA opened the second half strong, scoring the game's first goal in the 48th minute on a goal from senior midfielder Kylie Louw, her sixth of the season. Louw moved into 5th place in school history with her 25th career goal with the game-winner Sunday off a deflection past McNeese State keeper Katie Seeber.
In the 77th minute Louw became a part of history with her 10th assist of the season, leading to Ashton Norman's third goal of the year to put SFA up comfortably, 2-0. With the assist, Louw tied Amanda Alders' all-time school record in career points with 91. Norman's shot actually deflected off the post and past Seeber.
"We had a good competitive mentality in the second half which opened up things for us from an attacking standpoint," SFA head coach Tony Amato said. "Kylie scored an important first goal and Ashton had a quality strike to cap off the win. Overall, we are happy with the result and look forward to improving for next week's home games."
SFA outshot the Cowgirls 17-4, including a 10-1 margin in the second half. Ladyjack junior goalkeeper Lacey Lee improved her personal record to 10-2-0 while collecting two saves and facing four total shots.
The Ladyjacks will return home next weekend to face Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. SFA will then host Lamar on Sunday, Oct. 21 on Senior Day at 1 p.m. for the home finale of the 2012 season.