Ladyjacks Win 7th Southland Conference Title
Oct. 21, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks soccer team clinched their seventh Southland Conference title in school history with a hard-earned 3-1 victory over the Lamar Lady Cardinals on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at the SFA Soccer Field.
SFA (14-3-0, 7-0-0) won their second consecutive regular season title, marking the third time in school history that the Ladyjacks have won back-to-back SLC titles (1997-98 and 2004-05). SFA will now enter the SLC Tournament as the No. 1 seed for a second year in a row.
"I'm so proud of this team, specifically the seniors," SFA head coach Tony Amato said. "All season long this group played with a target on their backs and time and time again they responded. This was one of our goals before the season and now we get ready for the next step."
On Sunday the Ladyjacks were led by their seniors, particularly Laura Sadler and Kylie Louw. Sadler score SFA's first two goals and Louw scored the third while also adding her 12th assist of the season.
Sadler's first goal of the afternoon came just six minutes into the contest when she received a pass from Louw in the Lamar box and was able to beat Lady Cardinals goalkeeper Bailey Fontenot to give SFA an early 1-0 advantage. Later in the 33rd minute, Sadler added her sixth goal of the year off a pass from Brenda Salazar and gives the Ladyjacks a 2-0 cushion going into halftime.
In the second half the match got extremely physical and with that 18 combined fouls and three yellow cards. In the 73rd minute with SFA still up 2-0, Lamar's Jannet Hernandez was tripped up in the SFA box and was awarded a penalty kick. Hernandez took advantage by putting one past SFA goalkeeper Lacey Lee to make the score 2-1 and mark the first goal the Ladyjacks had given up all conference season.
However, with the game on the line, SFA responded in the 84th minute when sophomore forward Chelsea Raymond setup Louw with a perfect pass that allowed Louw to strike home an all-important and game-clinching third goal, Louw's 7th of the season.
SFA outshot Lamar 15-7 but was outshot 6-5 shots on goal. Lee improved to 12-2-0 while making five saves. The corner kick battle ended up tied, 6-6.
Lamar (9-8-1, 5-2-0) received a team-high three shots from Kristin Bos.
The Ladyjacks still have one more conference game next Friday at 4 p.m. at Nicholls State. They will then open the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 1 seed on Nov. 2-4 in Lake Charles, La. on the campus of McNeese State.