Ladyjacks Tie School Record With 11th Straight Win
Oct. 23, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks won their 11th straight match and in the process clinched at least a share of the Southland Conference regular season title with a 6-0 victory over Nicholls State at the SFA Soccer Complex.
The victory tied the 1995 Ladyjacks team that also reeled off 11 straight victories. SFA (13-2-1, 8-0-0) can break the record next Friday at home in the regular season finale against Sam Houston State.
"The team has done everything we've asked of them this season," SFA head coach Tony Amato said. "Now we've put ourselves in a position to go into the last game to win the conference outright and you couldn't ask for anything more."
Freshman forward Chelsea Raymond scored her third had trick of the season and also set a new single-season record in program history with 17 goals in a season. The previous record was held by Amanda Albers, Kendra Cannon and Shahiin Pabani - all of which had 15 goals in a season.
The Ladyjacks, who have now outscored their conference opponents 31-0 this season, got a pair of goals from senior forward Janae Lee in the 11th and 13th minute respectively. The first goal came on a cross from Christie Hinojosa that Lee caught in mid-air and fired past Nicholls' goalkeeper Molly Mersereau. Two minutes later, Lee received a pass from Melissa Gaudet inside the box which set up for an easy goal that deflected off Mersereau's hands.
In the 27th minute, Laura Sadler scored her seventh goal of the year on an assist from Raymond, making the score 3-0. Only one minute later, Raymond scored her first goal of the day on another assist from Gaudet to put SFA on top 4-0. Then in the 36th minute, Raymond put SFA in complete control with a 5-0 lead on an open field goal following an assist from Zuri Prince.
Raymond would tack on the only second half goal in the 80th minute on a feed from Jordan King to complete the hat trick and make the final score 6-0.
SFA will now have a chance to win the regular season conference title outright next Friday when they host Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. at the SFA Soccer Complex.
"It's a rivalry and they're going to want to keep us from having a perfect season in the conference and celebrating on our field," Amato said. "We know we have to get better this week and be ready for them.The girls are going to want to have senior night with a chance to raise the trophy."