SFA Tops Pine Bluff In OT
Sept. 26, 2010
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Stephen F. Austin got two goals from Laura Sadler to notch a come-from-behind win in overtime at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday, extending its season-best win streak to five straight.
The five-game run matches the five victories SFA put together at the end of the 2007 season as the longest Ladyjack streak in the last four years. SFA is now 7-3 on the year, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff moves to 5-4.
"Today was a challenging game," SFA head coach Tony Amato said. "Pine Bluff worked very hard and showed why they were in the NCAAs last year."
Arkansas-Pine Bluff came into the week with the best record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference after earning the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. UAPB had a 3-1-0 mark in home games before Sunday's loss.
The Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal by the SWAC's leading scorer Jade West in the second minute. Despite a large disparity in shots favoring SFA, the score would stay that way until late in the first half.
The Ladyjacks outshot UAPB, 8-1, in the opening period but couldn't find the net until Sadler put home her first goal of the year in the 43rd minute. She took possession at midfield and dribbled in 10 yards before drilling a high shot into the far corner of the goal.
SFA really turned up the pressure after halftime, firing 13 shots to just three for the Lions in the second half. But neither team could notch a goal, and the Ladyjacks found themselves in overtime for the second time this season.
Sadler came through again with the game-winner in the second minute of extra time. This time, she scored on a header off Jordan King's corner kick - the seventh corner of the game for the Ladyjacks. The strike marked Sadler's second career game-winning goal and gives her two multi-goal performances in her two years at SFA.
"Sadler had a great week of training and that carried over into today," Amato said. "She showed real quality on both goals."
Senior goalkeeper Courtney Bauder (6-3-0) took the win with one save in 93 minutes played.
SFA held the Lions to just two shots on goal and outshot them, 22-4, for the game.
"We had a lot of the possession and created some good scoring chances," Amato said. "...It was great to come up here and get the result."
The Ladyjacks will open Southland Conference play next weekend with a pair of road games. SFA plays at Northwestern State on Friday, then heads to Conway, Ark., for a Sunday match-up with Central Arkansas.
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