Kylie Louw and Chelsea Raymond celebrate a goal in SFA's 2-1 win over ORU on Friday.
Nov. 2, 2012
SFA 2-ORU 1
LAKE CHARLES, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks advanced to the Southland Conference Tournament Championship Game for the fifth time in school history with a 2-1 victory over Oral Roberts in the semifinals of the SLC Tournament Friday afternoon at Cowgirl Field.
The Ladyjacks (16-3-0) will next face No. 2 Lamar on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. in the title game. That match will be televised on the Southland Conference Network (Channel 8 on Suddenlink in Nacogdoches).
In the process, SFA set a new school record with their 16th single-season victory, surpassing the 15 wins set by the 2011 and 2003 squads.
"I was really pleased with the way our team responded today in a game in which we probably didn't play our best soccer," SFA head coach Tony Amato said. "We were able to score two quality goals early and after they made it 2-1 early in the second half we didn't lose our composure and that's a credit to our team maintaining focus and realizing what's at stake."
SFA took an early 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when sophomore forward Zuri Prince led Chelsea Raymond with an open field pass and the sophomore forward was able to beat ORU goalkeeper Helen Erb to the ball and chip in a shot from 15 yards away. The goal was Raymond's team-leading 12th of the season and Prince's fourth assist.
The Ladyjacks increased their lead to 2-0 in the 36th minute when senior midfielder Kylie Louw was able to get free in the ORU box before dishing out her 13th assist of the season to senior forward Laura Sadler, who was easily able to beat ORU backup goalkeeper Maddie Rhodes to her right.
Sadler, who had been named the SLC Offensive Player of the Week the previous two occasions, scored her fifth goal in her last three contests.
The Golden Eagles responded with a goal of their own in the 51st minute when ORU senior defender Lauren Parks was able to sneak one past SFA goalkeeper Lacey Lee on a deflected ball in front of the net, cutting the SFA lead to 2-1.
However, the Ladyjacks defense shut the door over the final 39 minutes to move on to the title game. SFA outshot ORU 16-4 and 7-2 SOG.