GAME NOTES: Central Arkansas/Northwestern State
Oct. 3, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks will look to continue their hot start in conference play with two road contests this weekend, starting Friday at Central Arkansas (8-3-1, 0-1-1) followed by a Sunday 2 p.m. match at Northwestern State (5-6-1, 0-0-1).
Last Time Out: One day after being rained out, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks soccer team showed little to no rust in a critical 5-0 victory over new Southland Conference foe Oral Roberts Monday afternoon at the SFA Soccer Field. SFA (9-3-0, 2-0-0) got big offensive performances from both senior midfielder Kylie Louw and sophomore forward Zuri Prince, both of which scored two goals apiece along with another goal from senior forward Laura Sadler.
Central Arkansas Series History/Scouting Report: The Ladyjacks lead the all-time series against Central Arkansas with a 4-1-1 record. Last season SFA defeated the Bears 6-0 in Nacogdoches. UCA is led by junior forward Adriana Lucar, who leads the Bears with 14 goals and has tallied 30 points. The Peru, Lima native has a .389 shot%. Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Gochnauer has allowed six goals while collecting 23 saves and has faced 58 total shots.
Northwestern State Series History/Scouting Report: SFA has owned the all-time series against the Lady Demons, holding a 15-6-4 all-time record and have won 9 of the past 10 matches including three straight. Last season the the Ladyjacks defeated the Lady Demons 5-0. Junior forward Yanci Johnson leads the team with six goals and 13 points. Freshman goalkeeper Brooke Bourbonaise has already allowed 19 goals this season but just two in the past six contests.
Ladyjacks Ranked 9th in NSCAA Central Poll: Following their 5-0 win over Southeastern Louisiana, the Ladyjacks for a second straight week come in ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA Central Region.
How High Can Louw Go?: Senior midfielder Kylie Louw is currently third in the nation in both total assists (8) and assists per game (0.8). The South Africa native set a school-record with 13 assists in 2011 and is on pace to break that record this season. Louw is also now just four points away from tying the all-time SFA points record held by Amanda Alders with 91.
Dominant Defense: The Ladyjacks have allowed just seven goals combined in their first 12 games, the fewest of any team in the Southland Conference thus far. SFA has recorded seven shutouts and currently boasts the 5th-best shutout percentage (0.727) in the nation and are 23rd in goals-against average (0.636).
Home Is Where The Wins Are: The Ladyjacks have now won 20 straight home contests dating back to 2009 with their last loss coming against UTEP on Sept. 3, 2010 (2-1 OT). Even more impressive the Ladyjacks have not lost a Southland Conference home match since Oct. 11, 2009. SFA holds an all-time record of 93-36-12 in home games, but that mark is even better at the current venue. Since moving from Homer Bryce Stadium to the SFA Soccer Complex for the 2003 season, the Ladyjacks are 62-9-5 in home contests. Against Southland Conference foes, SFA is a very tough 36-4-3 at the Soccer Complex.
Nine Wins: With their win over Oral Roberts on 9/30/12, SFA clinched yet another season with at least nine wins and another winning season. It marked the 10th consecutive season for the Ladyjacks to pick up at least nine victories and was the program's ninth straight winning season. The last time an SFA squad failed to reach the nine-win plateau was 2002, also the last time the Ladyjacks posted a losing season (7-9-4).
Title Town: The SFA women's soccer program has brought an unprecedented six Southland Conference regular-season championships back to Nacogdoches. That total is nearly half of the 14 possible regular-season titles in SLC Soccer history.