GAME NOTES: Houston/Arizona State
Aug 29, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks soccer team jumped out to a terrific start to the 2013 campaign by defeating both Rice and Texas State by 1-0 scores last week. SFA (2-0) must now turn their attention to another challenging weekend, beginning with another trip to Houston to face the Cougars, followed by a home match against Pac-12 foe Arizona State on Sunday.
Game 3: at Houston, Friday- 7 p.m. (Scouting Report)
Coverage: Friday's game will be streamed live for a price of $9.95 (monthly subscription) at http://www.uhcougars.com/allaccess/?media=399346. Rice will also be providing live stats here.
Game 4: vs. Arizona State, Sunday- 11:30 a.m. (Scouting Report)
Ladyjacks In The Polls: On the heels of back-to-back victories over Rice and Texas State, the Ladyjacks were rewarded by being ranked fourth in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's Central Poll released on Tuesday. SFA climbed as high as sixth in the poll last season, which was the previous school-record. The Ladyjacks sit behind only No. 11 Baylor (2-0-0), West Virginia (1-0-1) and No. 23 Texas Tech (2-0-0) in the region.
Home Is Where The Wins Are: With a victory over Texas State last Sunday, the Ladyjacks have now won 23 straight home matches 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.
Owens Receives SLC Defensive Player of Week: Sophomore Rachel Owens was named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday. The weekly award is Owens' first of her career at SFA. Owens was part of an SFA defense that pitched consecutive shutouts to start the 2013 season.
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.
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.
#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.
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.