GAME NOTES: Rice/Texas State
Aug 22, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks soccer team begins their journey towards a third consecutive Southland Conference title when they open the season Friday at Rice. SFA is coming off a record-setting season in which they won a single-season best 17 games, won the SLC regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history.
Game 1: at Rice, Friday- 7 p.m. (Scouting Report)
SFA is just 1-5 all-time against the Owls but that one victory came last season in Nacogdoches when the Ladyjacks blanked Rice 1-0 on Sept. 7, 2012. The Ladyjacks have played three previous matches at Rice, losing all three and have been outscored 9-1. The last time the two teams played at Rice Soccer Stadium was back in 2010 when the Ladyjacks fell, 3-1. Last season the Owls went 11-7-3 in Conference USA and tied for first place in the league. They return eight starters and 17 letterwinners, including leading goal-scorer Holly Hargreaves (sophomore forward).
Game 2: vs. Texas State, Sunday- 1 p.m. (Scouting Report)
Openers History: The Ladyjacks hold an 8-9-1 record all-time in season openers, including a 3-7-0 record on the road.
Picked To Click: Once again the Ladyjacks were picked to win the 2013 Southland Conference regular-season championship in polls conducted by the league's coaches and sports information directors. It marks the third consecutive year the Ladyjacks have been selected to finish first in the Southland in either one of the two polls. SFA received 11 first-place votes in both the coaches and SID's polls to earn a total of 143 points in each poll.
Ladyjacks In The Polls: Although the NSCAA regionals rankings have yet to be unveiled, the national preseason rankings were released on Aug. 13 and saw the Ladyjacks pick up one receiving vote in the top-25 poll.
A New Era is Born: On Jan. 28, 2013, former Texas A&M assistant Wally Crittenden was named the eighth Stephen F. Austin head soccer coach in school history. Crittenden replaces Tony Amato who stepped down last December to become the head coach at the University of Arizona. Crittenden has spent the past three seasons in College Station assisting a nationally ranked Texas A&M team that has recorded a combined 52-16-6 (.743) record.
#SouthlandStrong: The Ladyjacks have won 19 consecutive regular season Southland Conference matches dating back to the 2010 season and have gone a combined 17-0 the past two seasons.
Home Is Where The Wins Are: The Ladyjacks finished the 2012 regular season with 22 straight home victories dating back to 2009. Their last loss was against UTEP on Sept. 3, 2010 (2-1 OT). Even more impressive the Ladyjacks have not lost a Southland Conference home match since Oct. 11, 2009.
Title Town: The SFA women's soccer program has brought an unprecedented seven Southland Conference regular-season championships back to Nacogdoches. That total is nearly half of the 15 possible regular-season titles in SLC Soccer history.