Ladyjacks lead the nation in shutout percentage
Oct. 15, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack soccer team is currently ranked number one in the nation in shutout percentage (.786), following a pair of shutouts over McNeese State and Abilene Christian in the eighth week of the season.
SFA also ranks fourth in the nation in goals against (.409), while currently sitting just outside the top five in save percentage (.887) at sixth.
“Each of these stats are special benchmarks and are all results of our process in preparation and our identity as a team offensively as much as defensively,” head soccer coach Wally Crittenden said. “We are able to play in a manner that limits the opposition’s time in possession and allows us to concede shots in certain areas of the field that play to both our keeper’s and our back line’s strengths. This would only be possible with a high commitment in possession by all of our players as well as appropriate defensive commitment from our midfield and forwards.”
The Ladyjacks recently recorded their 10th and 11th shutout of the season and extended their current win streak to six games, with consecutive 2-0 triumphs over the Cowgirls Wildcats on Friday and Sunday at the SFA Soccer Field.
“Another great aspect is the fact that we continue to improve as a group and the tactical conversations and perspectives communicated in game are really exciting to be a part of,” Crittenden said. “This team continues to learn and think about the game at a higher level each week. This is just the beginning for this group though, and I trust that they will stay hungry and keep moving forward as each game gets bigger and bigger in significance.”
SFA will ride its six-game streak into Friday’s contest at Southeastern Louisiana. The evening tilt between the two teams as gained added significance, as both schools currently rank atop the Southland Conference with 6-1 marks in league play.