Ladyjacks Drop Heartbreaker In Shootout
Nov. 10, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack soccer team had their hopes of repeating as Southland Conference Tournament champions dashed, falling 3-1 in a penalty shootout to No. 3 seed Southeastern Louisiana in the title game Sunday afternoon at host McNeese State's Cowgirl Field.
SFA (16-3-3), despite the penalty-kick decision, recorded their record-breaking 14th shutout on the season. The Ladyjacks, who tied the old record of 13 in their 5-0 win over Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (Nov. 1), held SLU (14-3-5) scoreless across the 110 minutes of play. SFA recorded 13 shutouts in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
It was just the second time in SLC history where the tournament championship went into a shootout and fourth postseason decision for the Ladyjacks in the last six years. SFA also suffered shootout verdicts in the semifinals of the tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. The Lady Lions have been involved in three of the four decisions (2008; 2009; 2013).
The Ladyjacks blistered SLU with 29 shots, holding a 9-4 advantage in shots on goals and 9-3 mark in corner kicks.
In the shootout, both teams exchanged goals in the first round, before SLU took a 2-1 edge in the third round. The Lady Lions added one more goal in the fourth round, as 2013 freshman of the year, Hope Sabadash, made a pair of saves to secure the tournament title for SLU.
The Ladyjacks will await the NCAA selection committee's verdict Monday as to if their season will continue or not. If SFA is left out of the tournament field, Sunday's game will have put a cap on one of the most successful season in program history and mark the end of the Ladyjack careers for seniors Melissa Gaudet, Megan Wasiak, Lee, and Salazar.
2013 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team