Ladyjacks advance to SLC Championship
Nov. 4, 2011
NATCHITOCHES, La. -The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks advanced to the Southland Conference Championship with a 2-0 victory over fourth-seeded UTSA Friday evening at the Demon Soccer Complex.
SFA (15-2-1) will take on the No. 2 seed Texas State Bobcats Sunday at 1 p.m. looking to win their third SLC conference tournament in school history and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
With the victory, SFA added on to their already single-season school record of consecutive wins with their 13th straight victory. It was also their 13th shutout of the 2011 campaign.
"It was real important for us to get out there and get that first half under our belts," SFA head coach Tony Amatosaid. "I think once we scored that first goal and get deeper into the game we were able to settle down and play our game. That team (UTSA) is hard to beat once, let alone twice in a season."
Both teams struggled to produce much offense in the first half as SFA outshot UTSA 6-2 and 2-0 shots on goal. However, SFA was able to break through first in the 31st minute when sophomore Melissa Gaudetscored on a free kick following a UTSA foul from nearly 25 yards out. That score would hold all the way until halftime and proved to be all the Ladyjacks would need.
In the 68th minute SFA was able to get some breathing room when SLC Player of the Year Kylie Louw broke away in the open field, got inside the box and dished out her school and conference-record 14th assists of the season to Janae Lee, chipping home her seventh goal of the year.
At night's end SFA outshot UTSA (9-9-2) 13-6 and 7-0 shots on goal. SFA goalkeeper Lacey Leeimproved to 15-2-1 for the season. With two goals Friday, SFA now has 60 on the season, which sets a new single-season record in conference history.
The Ladyjacks defeated Texas State 1-0 in their only match of the season in October in San Marcos.
"This is what it's all about now," Amato said. "Texas State is a very good team and we have a lot of respect for them. We can enjoy this win tonight but we have to game plan come tomorrow and be ready for the challenge Sunday"
Sunday's championship game is on MYTX in the Nacogdoches area. In addition to over the air on 19.2/18.2, MYTX is available on these channels: http://www.cbs19.tv/story/8735543/mytx-cable-guide
A live stream of the games will be available at Southland.org and ESPN3.com. It can also be seen via the WatchESPN app on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.