GAME NOTES: Oral Roberts/Northwestern State
Sept. 18, 2013
This Week: The Ladyjacks begin their quest for a third consecutive Southland Conference title this Friday when they open up conference play against Oral Roberts (5-2-0) at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday match against rival Northwestern St. (1-5-0) Sunday at 1 p.m.
ORU (Scouting Report): SFA holds a 4-4-0 all-time record against ORU but have won the last four meetings dating back to 2006. Last season the Ladyjacks defeated the Golden Eagles 5-0 in Nacogdoches in ORU's inaugural season in the league. ORU has won three of their last four matches, which includes a 3-2 overtime victory against Arkansas State last time out.
NSU (Scouting Report): The Ladyjacks are 16-6-4 all-time against the Lady Demons and have won four straight in the series. SFA has not lost to NSU in the last 12 meetings, posting a 10-0-2 record dating back to 2002. NSU has struggled out of the gate, having been outscored 21-6 in six matches.
Best Start In School History: With the win against LSU, the Ladyjacks clinched their best seven-game start in school history (5-1-1). 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 five shutouts this season and have a shutout percentage of 0.714, which ranks 9th in the nation. SFA also has a superb goals against average of just 0.531, which is good enough for 30th in the country.
Ladyjacks In The Polls: SFA maintained their No. 7 ranking in the NSCAA Central Poll for a third straight week with their win this past weekend.
#SouthlandStrong: The Ladyjacks have won 19 consecutive regular season Southland Conference matches dating back to the 2010 season and have gone a combined 17-0-0 the past two seasons.
Prince/Dunnigan Named SLC Players of the Week: Junior forward Zuri Prince took home SLC Offensive Player of the Week honors while junior defender Megan Dunnigan was named the SLC Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday. Prince scored the game-winning goal in the eighth minute in one of the biggest regular-season victories in school history. Dunnigan was part of the Ladyjacks' backline that shutdown the LSU offense, limiting the Tigers to just three shots on goal en route to a 4-0 shutout.
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.
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.