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    Ladyjacks Set To Take On TCU
    Kylie Louw scored the game-winner in last week's victory at Houston
    Kylie Louw scored the game-winner in last week's victory at Houston

    Sept. 24, 2009

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas -

    WEEKEND SCHEDULE

    Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks at TCU Horned Frogs

    Sept. 25 • 7 p.m. • Fort Worth, Texas


    GAME INFORMATION

    This Week: The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack soccer team will finish off its non-conference schedule Friday when it travels to take on TCU. The game against the Horned Frogs is set for a 7 p.m. start. The Ladyjacks are 3-5-0 on the season. TCU brings a 5-4-0 record to the contest.

    Last Week: SFA split in a pair of matches over the weekend. The Ladyjacks knocked off Houston, 1-0, on the road Friday, then took a 5-0 home loss against Washington State Sunday. After Friday's game was moved from Nacogdoches to Houston due to adverse weather, the Ladyjacks went on the road and held the Cougars scoreless to collect their second shutout of the season. SFA got the game-winning goal from freshman Kylie Louw in the 75th minute. It was Louw's second goal of the season and moved her into the team points lead with eight. In Sunday's match, Washington State put up three goals in the first half and rolled to a 5-0 win, tying for the second-highest goal total put up by an opponent in an SFA home game. The Cougars came into the contest receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll and ranked fifth in the Pacific Region poll.

    TCU: The Horned Frogs began the year with three straight wins, including a season-opening 2-1 road victory over then-No. 15 Texas. TCU has since added wins at Rice and against Weber State, but the Horned Frogs are coming off a 1-0 loss to Alabama. TCU has nearly doubled its opponents' shot output, averaging 18.1 shots per game, while allowing just 9.8 from the opposition. Despite this large discrepancy in shot attempts, the Horned Frogs are dead-even with their foes at 15 goals apiece on the season. Sophomore Jordan Calhoun leads the Frogs in both goals and assists with five apiece and ranks third in the Mountain West with 15 points.

    Series Record: SFA is winless at 0-5-0 against TCU. The teams have met in Forth Worth three times, dating back to the initial meeting in 1995, SFA's first season of collegiate soccer. The series was played at alternating home sites for the next three seasons, but last year's meeting was the first since 1998. The Horned Frogs knocked off SFA, 5-0, in the 2008 season opener.

    Coverage: Ladyjack fans can follow the action live online for Friday's game. On GoFrogs.com, TCU will provide GameTracker coverage as well as free, live, streaming video for the contest.

    TCU GameTracker
    TCU Live Video

    Next Week: SFA will open Southland Conference play with a pair of road games. The Ladyjacks will play at Lamar on Friday, Oct. 2, in a 7 p.m. match. SFA will then take on McNeese State on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m.


    NEWS AND NOTES

    CONSECUTIVE STARTS: Senior Megan Cash sat out of SFA's game against Washington State to rest an injury. That ended a streak of 21 consecutive starting appearances for Cash, dating to last season. In all, she has started in 42 of SFA's 46 contests since she joined the team as a sophomore for the 2007 season. With 26 straight starts, junior Kelli Barnes is the Ladyjacks' current leader in that category. She has started every game for the last two seasons.

    GIMME FIVE: The five goals scored by Washington State in the Cougars' 5-0 win over SFA tied a program record for goals allowed in a home contest. SFA has given up five goals at home six times in program history. In 1996, the Ladyjacks suffered a 6-0 loss to UNT that stands as the worst home deficit in program history.

    AGAINST C-USA: SFA's 1-0 win at Houston marked the program's first victory against a Conference-USA squad since the Ladyjacks took a 4-1 home win against the Cougars in 2006. All-time SFA has four wins against current C-USA members. The other two verdicts were a 4-2 win over Tulsa and a 3-2 win over UTEP. Until this year's victory at Houston, all of SFA's wins against C-USA programs had come at home.

    STOPPING THE SLIDE: SFA's 2-0 win at Missouri State halted a three-game losing streak, the Ladyjacks' first such skid since losing three straight during the 2006 season. In the last eight campaigns, the SFA program has posted just three three-game losing streaks and has not dropped more than three straight contests since a four-game slide in 2000.

    QUICK STRIKE: When freshman Laura Sadler scored her first career goal 47 seconds into SFA's game against Rice, it marked the fastest goal to start a game in George Van Linder's tenure. The goal is the third-fastest in program history, according to available single-game records, which date to the 2000 season. The Ladyjacks have scored inside of a minute just three times in that span and have scored in fewer than two minutes eight times. Sadler's goal is the quickest since Lauren Fricks put one in the net 38 seconds into SFA's 6-2 win over Nicholls in the 2006 season.

    NOT IN THE ZONE: SFA went 0-2-0 at the UTEP Miner Classic in El Paso, Texas, continuing a quirky trend for the Ladyjacks. The city of El Paso sits just inside the Mountain time zone. SFA is 0-8-0 when playing at sites to the west of the Central time zone. Six of those defeats have come in tournaments at UTEP, while the other two were recorded against Colorado College and the Air Force Academy during the 2006 season.

    CASHING IN: Megan Cash scored a goal in each of SFA's losses at the UTEP Miner Classic. Five of her six attempted shots over the weekend were on goal. She led the team in shots on goal percentage at .833 on the weekend and is also the season's overall leader, having put 90 percent of her shots on goal.

    STREAK-STOPPER: Junior goalkeeper Courtney Bauder surrendered a game-tying goal to Louisiana-Lafayette in the 38th minute. That marked the first time in more than five games for Bauder to give up a goal. Her shutout streak covered five complete games and lasted a total of 561 minutes and 36 seconds, dating to a game against Texas State last season.

    WAITING HER TURN: After sitting out the 2007 and 2008 seasons recovering from a knee injury, redshirt freshman Breanne Vernon made an impact in her first game as a Ladyjack. The Calgary native scored two second-half goals in SFA's 3-1 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. She is the first freshman to score a goal in a season-opener since Kelli Wilson scored as a true freshman in the 2006 debut, a 4-1 home win against Grambling.

    GRAND OPENING: With its 3-1 win over Louisiana-Lafayette, SFA moves to 7-7-1 all-time in season openers. The Ladyjacks are now 3-5-0 all-time when opening the season on the road. The La.-Lafayette victory is the team's first season-opening road win since defeating Arkansas State, 1-0, in the 2001 opener.

    ROAD-TESTED: SFA opened the 2009 season with a 3-1 victory at Louisiana-Lafayette. That win moved the Ladyjacks' road unbeaten streak to six straight games, dating to a 1-0 verdict against Southeastern Louisiana in last season's SLC opener. SFA went undefeated in SLC road games last year (4-0-1), marking the third time in program history that's happened. The team's road unbeaten streak came to an end with SFA's loss at UTEP on Aug. 28.

    FRESH LEGS: With 13 true freshmen, one redshirt rookie and four transfers on the 2009 roster, the Ladyjacks have more first-year players (18) than any other team in the Southland Conference. The next-closest rookie total is 15, shared by UTSA and Lamar.

    NEW FACES, NEW PLACES: To go along with the 18 first-year players on the Ladyjack roster for the 2009 season, the team will play a total of four first-time opponents in nine non-conference games. So far, SFA is 1-1-0 against the fresh competition.

    NINE WINS: SFA finished the 2008 season with a 9-7-2 overall record. This marks the sixth consecutive season for the Ladyjacks to pick up at least nine victories and is the program's sixth 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 five Southland Conference regular-season championships back to Nacogdoches. That total is nearly half of the 12 possible regular-season titles in SLC Soccer history.

    BUILDING MOMENTUM: Since its beginnings in 1995, the Ladyjack soccer program has compiled an overall record of 125-129-25. However, the Ladyjacks have really turned the corner in the last seven years. Since the 2002 season, SFA is 80-47-14 overall. In that same stretch, the Ladyjacks have gone 47-12-10 in Southland Conference play with three regular-season championships and a tournament title to their credit.

    SAFE AT HOME: SFA holds an all-time record of 71-34-12 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 40-7-5 in home contests. Against Southland Conference foes, SFA is a very tough 23-3-3 at the Soccer Complex.

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