GAME NOTES: LSU
Sept. 12, 2013
This Week: The Ladyjacks enter play Friday riding high following an impressive 2-0 weekend last week with wins at New Mexico State and UTEP. SFA will host LSU Friday at 7 p.m. for their final non-conference game of the season until Oct. 25 when they host the Texas Longhorns.
LSU (Scouting Report): SFA is 0-4-0 all-time against the Tigers and have hosted LSU just one other time in Nacogodches, a 2-0 loss back on Aug. 30, 2002 (season opener). Last season SFA fell 2-1 at LSU on Sept. 4 with the Tigers scoring the game-winner in the 78th minute. SFA led that contest 1-0 before LSU scored the next two goals. LSU is coming off an impressive 1-0 shutout of the previously unbeaten and 13th-ranked USC Trojans in the Minnesota Gold Classic. Sophomore Fernanda Pina leads the team with three goals while juniors Alex Arlitt and Jodi Calloway and freshman Summer Clarke follow with two goals apiece.
Best Start In School History: With their double-overtime win on Sunday, the Ladyjacks clinched their best six-game start in school history (4-1-1). SFA surpassed the previous best mark of 4-2-0 set by the 2003, 2006 and 2012 squads. The best 10-game start in school history is currently held by the 2003 and 2011 teams (7-2-1).
Stingy Defense: The Ladyjacks have already recorded four shutouts this season and have a shutout percentage of 0.667, which ranks 18th in the nation. SFA also has a superb goals against average of just 0.613, which is good enough for 52nd in the country.
Ladyjacks In The Polls: SFA maintained their No. 7 ranking in the NSCAA Central Poll with their two wins this past weekend.
Looking To Re-establish Home Field Dominance: With their 3-1 loss to Arizona St. last Sunday, the Ladyjacks saw their 23 consecutive home match win streak snapped. The streak dated all the way back to the beginning of the 2010 season when SFA fell to UTEP on Sept. 3, 2010 (2-1 OT). The Ladyjacks have not lost a Southland Conference home match since Oct. 11, 2009.
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.