GAME NOTES: vs. McNeese State/Abilene Christian
Oct. 10, 2013
This Week: SFA will look to continue their winning ways this weekend when they play two more Southland Conference matches, beginning with McNeese State on Friday, Oct. 11, followed Abilene Christian on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played in Nacogdoches at the SFA Soccer Field.
Game 13: vs. McNeese State (Scouting Report): The Ladyajcks are 21-6-3 all-time against the Cowgirls and have defeated MCN in each of their last seven meetings dating back to 2007. The Cowgirls are currently riding a seven-game losing streak into Friday’s contest and have yet to score a goal in conference play. MCN has not scored a goal since a 4-2 win over Louisiana Tech in Lake Charles, La., on Sept. 8.
Game 14: vs Abilene Christian (Scouting Report): SFA with face the visiting Wildacts for the first time, not just as a conference opponent, but the first time in program history when the two schoolls square off in Sunday’s tilt. ACU is coming off a 1-1 homestand in which they followed a 2-1 win over Central Arkansas with a 1-0 loss to Oral Roberts. Despite the loss, which was the Wildcats’ first regular-season shutout loss since last October, ACU remains tied with ORU, SFA and Southeastern Louisiana for first-place in the Southland Conference with 12 points.
RPI RISE: The Ladyjacks come in at No. 63 in the latest RPI rankings, moving up five spots from No. 68 last week.
Best Start In School History: With the win at Sam Houston, the Ladyjacks tied their best 12-game start in school history (9-2-1). SFA matched the previous best mark set by the 2011 squad.
Stingy Defense: The Ladyjacks have already recorded nine shutouts this season and have a shutout percentage of 0.750, which ranks 2nd in the nation. SFA also has a superb goals against average of just 0.474, which is good enough for 12th in the country.
#SouthlandStrong: The Ladyjacks have won 23 of their last 24 regular season Southland Conference matches dating back to the 2010 season and have gone a combined 21-1-0 the past two-plus seasons.
Curry Named SLC Defensive Player of the Week: Following their fourth straight victory, all of which have been shutouts, Stephen F. Austin sophomore defender Chantal Curry was honored on Tuesday, Oct. 8, by being named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The Austin, Texas, native, played a big role in anchoring the SFA backline that pitched two shutouts on the week to increase their league-leading total to nine on the season, four off the school record. The award was Curry’s first of her career.
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.