GAME NOTES: SLC Tournament
Nov. 7, 2013
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.
Nacogdoches, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks soccer team will face the winner of the No. 4 Nicholls/No. 5 Sam Houston State match in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Cowgirl Field on the campus of McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. If SFA were to win that match, they would play in the SLC Tournament title match for a third straight season.
Last Time Out: SFA completed their third straight Southland Conference regular season title (10-1-1) with a 1-1 2 OT tie verse Incarnate Word Sunday afternoon. SFA (15-3-2, 10-1-1) clinched a share of the SLC regular season title by outscoring the Islanders 5-0 last Friday. Junior forward Chelsea Raymond scored her 39th goal of her career to become Stephen F. Austin's all-time goal leader in a statement win over first year program Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
Nicholls History/Scouting Report: SFA leads Nicholls in the all-time series 21-1-2 with the Ladyjacks having won the last nine meetings, including a 4-1 decision on Oct. 20 this season in Nacogdoches. In that contest both Chelsea Raymond, Hailey Hunt and Brenda Salazar scored goals. SFA outshot the Colonels 20-9 in the game and 8-4 SOG.
Sam Houston State Series History/Scouting Report: The Ladyjacks lead the all-time series against the Bearkats, 11-2, and defeated SHSU 1-0 OT in Huntsville on Oct. 6. In that contest, Hailey Hunt scored the game-winning goal in overtime to knock off the SHSU. The Bearkats do have one of the best keepers in the conference in Kylie Hambleton, who was freshman of the year last season.
SFA Dominates Southland Conference Awards: Stephen F. Austin head coach Wally Crtittenden was recognized for the Ladyjacks standout season by being voted the Southland Conference Coach of the Year. The Ladyjacks had four players receive all-conference nominations. Chelsea Raymond, Melissa Gaudet and Megan Dunnigan garnered first-team accolades.
Earning second-team all-confrence recognition for the Ladyjacks is senior mid fielder Brenda Salazar was named second-team all-conference. The Sugar Land, Texas native helped contribute to SFA’s third straight southland conference title
RPI RISE: The Ladyjacks come in at No. 52 falling nine spots from 43 last week.
Raymond Breaks All-Time SFA Milestone: Junior forward Chelsea Raymond broke the Ladyjacks' all-time goals record Nov. 1 verse Texas A&M Corpus Christi with the 39th of her career. The Irving, Texas, native, is now in sole possession of the record with one year of eligibility remaining.
Top-Ranked Defense: The Ladyjacks have already recorded 14 shutouts this season and are currently tied for 10th in the nation with a .650 shutout percentage. SFA also ranks 21st in the nation in save percentage (.851), while currently sitting just outside the top ten in goals-against average (.527) at 12th.
#SouthlandStrong: The Ladyjacks have won 29 of their last 31 regular season Southland Conference matches dating back to the 2010 season and have gone a combined 26-1-0 over the past two-plus seasons.
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 eight Southland Conference regular-season championships back to Nacogdoches. That total is half of the 16 possible regular-season titles in SLC Soccer history.