GAME NOTES: Southeastern Louisiana/Oral Roberts
Sept. 27, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (7-3-0) will begin their march for another Southland Conference regular season title this weekend as they open conference competition against both Southeastern Louisiana (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Oral Roberts (Sunday, 1 p.m.).
Last Time Out: The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks allowed three or more goals in a single game for only the second time in the Tony Amato era in a 4-0 loss Sunday at No. 25 Baylor. The last time SFA allowed 3-plus goals was back on Aug. 22, 2010 in a 3-1 loss at Rice. SFA saw their three-game win streak come to an end.
Southeastern Louisiana Series History/Scouting Report: The Ladyjacks lead the all-time series against Southeastern Louisiana with a 14-9-7 record. Last season SFA defeated the Lady Lions 4-0 in Nacogdoches. Prior to that SFA struggled with a 1-2-2 record that stretched from 2008-10. SLU (6-4) has outscored their opponents by a combined score of 28-9 and have the nation's 20th-leading goal scorer in senior Maiya Cooper. SLU is 12th in the nation in scoring offense at 2.8 goals per game.
Oral Roberts Series History/Scouting Report: This will be the first-ever Southland Conference meeting between SFA and ORU but the two schools have played seven times prior to Sunday. The Ladyjacks trail the all-time series 3-4-0 but have won the last three matches, including a 4-0 victory over the Golden Eagles last year in Tulsa. ORU has outscored their opponents by a combined score of 19-8 and have won three consecutive matches entering play on Friday. Keller Kayla, Ashley Martin and Mary-Kate Halsmer have all scored three goals a piece to lead the Golden Eagles. Goalkeeper Helen Erb has already made 55 saves this season and has a GAAvg of 0.58, 23rd-best in the country.
Ladyjacks Ranked 9th in NSCAA Central Poll: Despite their 4-0 loss at No. 25 Baylor on Sunday, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks soccer team still remains ranked in the Top-10 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division 1 Women's Central Poll, coming in at No. 9. It marks the sixth consecutive week that SFA has been ranked within the Top-10 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division 1 Women's Central Poll. SFA (7-3-0) had been ranked No. 7 for four straight weeks before dropping their match at Baylor.
Louw A National Leader: Senior midfielder Kylie Louw currently is third in the nation in both total assists (7) and fourth in assists per game (0.78).
Defense Getting It Done: The Ladyjacks have allowed just seven goals combined in their first 10 games, the fewest of any team in the Southland Conference thus far. SFA has recorded seven shutouts and currently boasts the 7th-best shutout percentage (0.7) in the nation and are 41st in goals-against average (0.7).
Home Is Where The Wins Are: The Ladyjacks have won 18 straight home contests dating back to 2009 with their last loss coming 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, ironically coming against Friday's opponent, Southeastern Louisiana. SFA holds an all-time record of 91-36-12 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 60-9-5 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.-SFA-