GAME NOTES: Rice
This Week: The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (4-2-0) will be looking to bounce back from a tough loss at LSU when they return home on Friday to face the Rice Owls (2-2-1). The game will be just SFA's second home match of the season after they just wrapped up a five-game road trip with a 3-2 record.
Purple Out Night: Friday's game against Rice is "Purple Out Night". Fans are encouraged to wear purple to help cheer on the Ladyjacks.
Last Time Out: A goal by Fernanda Pina in the 78th minute proved to be the game-winner in LSU's 2-1 victory over the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks Tuesday evening. The match was originally scheduled to take place last Friday but was rescheduled to Hurricane Isaac. SFA (4-2) actually outshot LSU (3-1-1) 12-9 and both teams tied in shots on goal 3-3. However, two of those SOG found the back of the net and are the most goals the Ladyjacks have allowed in a game this season.Rice Series History/Scouting Report: The Ladyjacks will be looking for their first ever win against Rice, having lost the previous five matches. The most recent meeting was a 3-1 loss to the Owls in 2010 in Houston. The Owls come into Friday night coming off a 2-1 victory over Texas State on Sept. 2. Rice has scored just five goals in their first five contests, three of which have come from freshman forward Holly Hargreaves. On the flipside the Owls have also allowed just five goals on 76 attempts. Goalkeeper Amy Czyz has 27 saves in 456 minutes of play while allowing those five scores.
Ladyjacks Move to 7th in NSCAA Central Poll: The Ladyjacks moved up to No. 7 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's Central Poll on Tuesday, the highest ranking in the Tony Amato era. SFA (4-2-0) moved three spots from No. 10 following a 2-0 victory on Sunday at Houston Baptist. The Ladyjacks have outscored their opponents 15-3 and have outshot the opposing foe 103-48.
Raymond Off To Blazing Start: Sophomore forward Chelsea Raymond has picked up right where she left off in 2010, leading the team with five goals and 11 points. The Irving, Texas native has scored a goal in three consecutive games, including the game-winner at Houston Baptist.
Defense Getting It Done: The Ladyjacks have allowed just three goals combined in their first six games, the fewest of any team in the Southland Conference thus far. Matter of fact, the two goals the Ladyjacks allowed against LSU were the most SFA has allowed in their previous 19 games, last coming in a 3-2 win against TCU on 9/16/11. SFA has actually allowed more than two goals in a game only once in the Tony Amato era, ironically coming against Rice in a 3-1 loss on 8/22/10.
Louw Breaks Assist Record: Senior midfielder Kylie Louw collected six total points (4 assists, 1 goal) and set the SFA all-time, single-game assists record in SFA's 8-0 win at Jackson State on 8/19.
Home Is Where The Wins Are: SFA holds an all-time record of 89-36-12 in home games, but that mark is even better at the current venue. Since moving from Homer Bryce Stadium to the SFA Soccer Complex for the 2003 season, the Ladyjacks are 58-9-5 in home contests. Against Southland Conference foes, SFA is a very tough 34-4-3 at the Soccer Complex.
Nine Wins: With their win over Northwestern State on 10/9/11, SFA clinched yet another season with at least nine wins and another winning season. It marked the ninth consecutive season for the Ladyjacks to pick up at least nine victories and was the program's eighth straight winning season. The last time an SFA squad failed to reach the nine-win plateau was 2002, also the last time the Ladyjacks posted a losing season (7-9-4).
Title Town: The SFA women's soccer program has brought an unprecedented six Southland Conference regular-season championships back to Nacogdoches. That total is nearly half of the 14 possible regular-season titles in SLC Soccer history.