SFA Set For Final Road Trip
Oct. 23, 2008
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
SFA at Central Arkansas Friday, Oct. 24 4 p.m. Conway, Ark.
SFA at Northwestern State Sunday, Oct. 26 2 p.m. Natchitoches, La.
This Week: The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack soccer team will play its final road swing of the regular season with games against Central Arkansas and Northwestern State. The Ladyjacks bring a 6-7-0 overall record and a 3-2-0 mark in Southland Conference play to the week. Central Arkansas is 3-8-1 on the season and 1-3-1 in league competition. Northwestern State brings an 8-6-1 overall mark to the week. The Demons are tied with SFA for fourth place in the SLC with a 3-2-0 league record.
Last Week: SFA saw its 10-game home winning streak snapped as the Ladyjacks were knocked from atop the Southland Conference standings with back-to-back home defeats against UTSA and Texas State. SFA took a 1-0 first-half lead Friday against the Roadrunners on Amanda Alders' second goal of the season, but UTSA rallied with three goals in the second half to take the win. Texas State notched a 1-0 win over the Ladyjacks on Sunday.
SFA vs. the Bears: SFA is 1-1-0 all-time against Central Arkansas. The series began in 2006 with a 1-0 Bears victory in Conway, Ark. The Ladyjacks responded with a 4-0 win at home last season.
SFA vs. the Demons: SFA holds an all-time edge of 12-6-3 in its series with Northwestern State. The Ladyjacks are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with the Demons, including six consecutive wins. SFA has recorded shutouts in each of the last three meetings. The Ladyjacks are 6-2-1 all-time in road games with Northwestern, including a 2-0-1 record in the last three games in Natchitoches.
The Coaches: SFA is coached by George Van Linder. In his first year at SFA, Van Linder has compiled a 6-7-0 record. He is 130-106-20 in 12 years as a collegiate head coach. Tina Banham is the head coach at Central Arkansas. The Demons are under the direction of Jimmy Mitchell.
Next Week: SFA will return to Nacogdoches for the final weekend of regular-season play. The Ladyjacks host Lamar on Friday, Oct. 31, then entertain McNeese State on Sunday, Nov. 2.
News and Notes
HOMEWRECKERS: The Ladyjacks' pair of losses against UTSA and Texas State were the first home defeats of the season for SFA. The 3-1 loss to UTSA was SFA's first home SLC defeat since the 2006 season and ended a 10-game home winning streak that dated to 2007. When the Ladyjacks followed with a 1-0 defeat against Texas State, it marked the first time since the 2000 season for SFA to lose two straight home games against league opponents.
ROAD-TESTED: SFA's 2-1 win at Sam Houston State put the wraps on a feat never before achieved at SFA. The win gave the Ladyjacks three straight road victories to start the SLC campaign, the first time in program history that's happened.
STREAK-STOPPERS: When Megan Cash scored in the fifth minute of SFA's win at Sam Houston State, it not only got the Ladyjacks out to a strong start, it also halted one of the most impressive streaks in the Southland Conference this season. Leading into its game with SFA, Sam Houston had recorded seven straight shutout wins and had not allowed a goal in more than 650 minutes of play. Cash's first score stopped the goal drought, then she scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 33rd minute, eventually ending the Bearkats' win streak, as well.
GOALS GALORE: Megan Cash's two goals at Sam Houston State marked her second multi-goal game in the last four contests. The last time a Ladyjack put two multiple-goal performances together in that short a timespan was 2006, when Lauren Fricks posted a hat trick against Nicholls then scored two goals in the next game, against Texas State.
ROAD SHOW: SFA's 1-0 win at Southeastern Louisiana marked the team's first road victory since taking a 3-0 win at Lamar last October. Coming into the game against the Lions, SFA was 0-5-0 away from home this season. The Ladyjacks followed with a 6-1 win at Nicholls and a 2-1 victory at Sam Houston State, moving SFA to 3-5-0 this season in road games.
SLC OPENERS: The win at Southeastern Louisiana also extended the Ladyjacks' streak of consecutive victories in Southland Conference openers. SFA has now won seven straight SLC-opening contests. The Ladyjacks have not dropped a league opener since a 4-3 loss at McNeese State in 2003.
SNAPPED: In addition to getting out to a 1-0-0 start in Southland Conference play, SFA's 1-0 win at Southeasten Louisiana halted a long-running streak for the Lions. SFA became the first team to win in Hammond, La., since Southern Mississippi took a 2-1 win over Southeastern in September of 2006. The Lions had a 19-game home unbeaten streak coming into their match with SFA.
NEW RECORD: SFA set a team record for single-game goals in its 10-2 win over Prairie View A&M. The previous best was an eight-goal performance against Nicholls State in 1998. The win margin also matched that game to tie for the widest margin of victory in program history. Three of the top single-game goal totals in program history have come against Nicholls.
HAT'S OFF: Junior Brenna Crockett scored three goals and assisted on a fourth in SFA's 10-2 win over Prairie View A&M. Classmate Megan Cash scored three consecutive goals in the first period to nearly match Crockett's point total. The hat tricks were just the ninth and 10th in school history but make 2008 the fourth consecutive season for at least one Ladyjack to record the feat. Prior to 2005, when the streak began, the last hat trick by an SFA player was scored in 1996. Crockett and Cash's dual hat tricks marked just the second time in program history for two players to score three or more goals each in the same game. Current Ladyjacks Amanda Alders and Lauren Fricks both recorded hat tricks against Nicholls in 2006.
PILING UP POINTS: Junior Brenna Crockett came into SFA's game against Prairie View A&M with two career goals and five total points in two-plus seasons. She then posted three goals and an assist to finish the game with seven total points. That figure fell just one point short of tying the single-game record for an SFA player. Crockett added to her career point total with a goal and an assist in the Ladyjacks' 6-1 win at Nicholls. She is now No. 24 all-time in Ladyjack history with 15 career points
SHARING THE BALL: Twenty of SFA's 24 goals in 2008 (the 25th was an own goal scored by Arkansas State) have come with assists. Five different Ladyjacks -- Amanda Alders (4), Brenna Crockett (3), Kim Kimmel (2), Summer Bradfield (2) and Lauren Fricks (2) -- have each recorded multiple assists.
QUICK COMEBACK: Prairie View A&M scored two goals in the first four minutes to take a 2-0 lead. SFA answered quickly, took the lead by the 15th minute and went on to collect a 10-2 win. This marks the first time this season and the first time since the 2007 season opener against St. Edward's for a Ladyjack team to come from behind for a win. St. Edward's scored in the 11th minute of that game before SFA came back to notch a 2-1 double-overtime win. Between that victory over St. Edward's and the win over Prairie View, the Ladyjacks had gone a combined 0-8-1 in games in which the opponent scored first.
START 'EM YOUNG: The Ladyjacks returned a host of experienced players and nine starters for the 2008 season, but the newcomers are getting plenty of action, early on. SFA has already used 22 of the 27 players listed on the 2008 roster. Five different newcomers have earned starting appearances, so far. Last year, the Ladyjacks utilized just 20 players the entire season.
BUILDING MOMENTUM: Since its beginnings in 1995, the Ladyjack soccer program has compiled an overall record of 120-115-22 (.510). However, the Ladyjacks have really turned the corner in the last six years. Since the 2002 season, SFA is 75-42-12 (.628) overall. In that same stretch, the Ladyjacks have gone 44-12-9 (.746) in Southland Conference play with three regular-season championships and a tournament title to their credit.
SAFE AT HOME: SFA holds an all-time record of 69-33-12 (.658) 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 38-6-5 (.827) in home contests. Against Southland Conference foes, SFA is a very tough 21-3-3 (.833) at the Soccer Complex.
TITLE TOWN: The SFA women's soccer program has brought an unprecedented five Southland Conference regular-season championships back to Nacogdoches. That total is nearly half of the 11 possible SLC regular-season titles in the history of conference soccer.
TWICE AS NICE: Entering the 2007 season, the Ladyjacks had won the Southland Conference regular-season title a record four times and had won the SLC Tournament championship once. But SFA had never worn both crowns at the same time. That all changed last year, as SFA won a share of the conference championship in the regular season, then took the tournament title with back-to-back shutouts to earn its second berth in the NCAA Championships.
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