Oct. 19, 2007
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
After playing their first nine games of the year without recording a shutout, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks have now posted two in three games. In Friday's game, though, unlike their previous shutout, the Ladyjacks also collected a win, knocking off Central Arkansas, 4-0, at the SFA Soccer Complex.
The victory improves SFA's record to 7-3-2 overall and 3-0-1 in Southland Conference play. The Ladyjacks are riding a five-game unbeaten streak that includes a 0-0 tie at Texas-San Antonio last Friday and a 2-1 victory at Texas State in double overtime last Sunday.
SFA got on the board early and often against Central Arkansas. The Ladyjacks outshot Central Arkansas, 15-4, in the opening period and recorded 10 shots on goal. Three of those found their mark, as SFA took a big first-half lead.
Sophomore midfielder Kelli Wilson got the scoring started in the 13th minute. The play started when junior midfielder Lauren Fricks lobbed a pass into the goal box for junior forward Amanda Alders. Alders headed the ball toward Wilson, who settled it and lifted a shot over the diving Central Arkansas goalkeeper and into the net. The goal was Wilson's fifth of the season.
Alders recorded the second goal of the game in the 16th minute. She took a pass from sophomore defender Jessica Huggins and launched a high shot into the top right corner of the net from 15 yards out. The goal put the Ladyjacks up, 2-0, and put Alders into the SFA record books. With the goal, she moved into first place on the SFA all-time goal scorers list with 31 career goals. She also took over the all-time points lead with her 71st career point.
Huggins was rewarded for her assist by winding up on the receiving end of the next one. In the 21st minute, she took a pass from Wilson and outran a UCA defender before firing a high shot past the 'keeper for her first goal of the season.
SFA goalkeeper Crystin Pactor posted two saves to take SFA to halftime with a 3-0 advantage. She would not record another save as the Ladyjack defense held the Bears without a shot on goal after halftime.
Meanwhile, Ladyjack leading scorer Erika Palmacci notched her sixth goal of the season in the 78th minute to help salt the game away. She punched a header past the 'keeper to finish off a long cross from freshman forward Kesia Broome.
For the game, SFA outshot UCA, 39-5, with 18 shots on goal to the Bears' two. The Ladyjacks led in corner kicks, 7-1.
SFA will return to action Sunday, when the Ladyjacks host Northwestern State at 2 p.m.
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