On The Brink Of History: Ladyjacks Win 10th Straight
Oct. 21, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks climbed one win closer to clinching a Southland Conference regular season title and now sit one win away from tying the school's single-season winning streak following a 4-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana Friday evening at the SFA Soccer Complex.
The victory marked the 10th straight win for SFA (12-2-1, 7-0-0) and was their eighth consecutive shutout, a new school record. With one more win the Ladyjacks would tie the 1995 team that reeled off 11 consecutive wins. They have also now not allowed a goal in a staggering 728 consecutive minutes and have outscored their fellow conference opponents 25-0 on the season.
Southeastern (9-5-1, 4-3-0) came into the game as the second-most explosive offense in the nation, averaging 3.29 goals per game but were limited to only one shot Friday night.
"We didn't allow them to have many chances on target and we feel really good about that," SFA head coach Tony Amato said. "Soccer is a funny game where anything can happen so we put an emphasis on getting that second goal and after we got that everything seemed to fall in place."
SFA scored the first goal of the night in the 20th minute when freshman forward Chelsea Raymond took a pass from Laura Sadler and beat Southeastern goalkeeper Cassie Northrup to her left to put the Ladyjacks on top 1-0.
That score would hold all the way until halftime, but not for long. In a span of five minutes from the 64th minute to the 69th, SFA would explode for three goals thanks in part to junior midfielder Kylie Louw to put what once was a tight contest into another blowout for the Ladyjacks.
SFA went up 2-0 off a corner kick from Louw that Edwina Forbes skied in the air for and headed it in past the keeper in the 64th minute. Only two minutes later it was Louw once again distributing off a corner kick, this time perfectly feeding Melissa Gaudet who in one motion caught the ball in the air with her left foot and struck a shot past Northrup.
Three minutes following Gaudet's goal, Louw found herself in the corner once again and sent a cross that somehow snuck past the outstretched arms of Northrup once again to make the final score of 4-0. All in all, it was a four-point night for Louw (1G, 2 A) and increased her team-lead in assists to 13.
The Ladyjacks dominated the stat sheet in every way possible, outshooting the Lions 27-1 and 11-0 shots on goal. They also had more corner kicks, 17-2.
SFA will try and tie the single-season all-time winning streak Sunday afternoon when they host Nicholls at 1 p.m. at the SFA Soccer Complex.