Ladyjacks Advance To SLC Tournament Title Game
Nov. 8, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - The top-seeded Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack soccer team, after surrendering an early goal, got goals from sophomore Rachel Owens and junior Chelsea Raymond to rally past No. 5 seed Sam Houston State in a 2-1 triumph in the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals Friday night at Cowgirl Field.
Down 1-0 to the Bearkats (9-11-1), Owens tied the game with a goal from the right side of the box on an assist from junior Zuri Prince (40:32), before Raymond scored the game-winner for SFA (16-3-2) from 20 yards out in the 78th minute.
With the win, the Ladyjacks advance to their third consecutive tournament championship game. SFA is 1-1 over the last two years, having punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament last season with a 2-1 win over Lamar (Nov. 3). The Ladyjacks look to be the first team to defend their tournament title, as the SLC has never had a team repeat as back-to-back tournament champions in conference history.
SHSU took a 1-0 lead after Ashley Fluty scored from 35 yards out in the eighth minute of play, before the SFA scored two unanswered goals in the across the remaining to claim the victory. The goal for Owens was her third of the season, while Raymond scored her team-leading 10th and eighth game-winner of the year.
The Ladyjacks outshot the Bearkats 16-6, while holding a 4-3 edge in shots on goal.
SFA, having defeated the Southeastern Louisiana 2-0 in the regular season (0ct. 18), will play the No. 3 seeded Lady Lions Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1:05 p.m. on ESPN3 in the championship game at host McNeese St.