GAME NOTES: NCAA Tournament- Texas A&M
Nov. 8, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - SFA will open up the first round of the NCAA Tournament by playing the No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in College Station, Texas at Ellis Field. This marks the second time that SFA will face the Aggies in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, having previously faced Texas A&M in the first round in 2007 where they fell 4-1. SFA also played in College Station in the 2003 NCAA Tournament where they lost 3-0 to No. 12 Duke.
Last Time Out: The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks soccer team won the Southland Conference Tournament Championship for the third time in school history with a 2-1 victory over the Lamar Lady Cardinals on a rain-soaked Cowgirl Field. SFA (17-3-0) advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 and the first time in the Tony Amato era. Sophomore forward Zuri Prince (1 goal, 2 assists) was named the SLC Tournament MVP while Kylie Louw, Chelsea Raymond, Laura Sadler, Melissa Gaudet and Lacey Lee also were named the all-tournament team.
Texas A&M Series History/Scouting Report: SFA and Texas A&M have previously met three with the Aggies winning all three matches by a combined score of 17-1. The last time these two schools met was in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament when SFA lost 4-1. The Aggies (17-4-1) are coming off a 2-0 loss to Auburn in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. They have outscored their opponents 44-12 this season and are led in scoring by sophomore forward Annie Kunz, who leads the Aggies in goals (11), points (23), shots (68) and game-winning goals (4). Sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Day has a 0.54 goals against average and has collected 74 saves while allowing just 12 goals.
Coverage: Friday's game will be video streamed for free on NCAA.com and AggieAthletics.com. Live game updates will also be available on the @SFA_Soccer Twitter account.
Tickets: Tickets are available for pre-sale online at www.aggieathletics.com or by calling the Texas A&M Athletic Ticket Office at 1-888-99-AGGIE. Ticket offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. Tickets can be bought in person at the athletic ticket office located in the Bernard C. Richardson Zone (North end zone) of Kyle Field or the Reed Arena Box Office. If requested, tickets ordered by phone can be picked up at Ellis Field Will Call window on the day of the game.
Ticket prices will be priced as following: West Reserved Midfield ($18), West Reserved Sideline ($15), West Reserved Goal Line ($9), General Admission Adult ($7), General Admission Youth ($4), General Student ($4). Children under two will be admitted free in accordance with regular season venue policy.
Ladyjacks In The Polls: Four a fourth consecutive week SFA reached a school-record high in the NCAA RPI Rankings and on Monday came in at No. 28. The Ladyjacks made an 10-spot jump from 38 last week. SFA also moved up one spot in the NSCAA Central Regional Rankings from No. 7 to No. 6, also a season-best position.
Southland Conference Champs: For a second straight season and the seventh time overall in SFA history, the Ladyjacks won the Southland Conference regular season title with their 3-1 win over Lamar on Oct. 21. They then backed that up by winning the SLC Tournament for the third time in school history.
Fifth-Most Shutouts In The Nation: SFA currently has 13 shutouts, which is tied with last year’s squad for the most in a single-season and is the fifth-best mark in the nation.
Louw Becomes All-Time SFA Points Leader: With an assist in the 38th minute against Sam Houston State on Oct. 19, senior midfielder Kylie Louw became the all-time leader in SFA history with her 92nd career point. Louw surpassed the previous mark held by Amanda Alders (91 points). Louw went on to add three more points against Lamar with a goal and an assist and now has 96 career points.
Louw A National Leader: Senior midfielder and SLC Player of the Year Kylie Louw finished the regular season first in the country in assists per game (0.71) and second in total assists (12).
Most Wins in School History: SFA added to their single-season wins record (17) with two more this past weekend.
Home Is Where The Wins Are: The Ladyjacks finished the 2012 regular season with 22 straight home victories dating back to 2009. Their last loss was 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.
Title Town: The SFA women’s soccer program has brought an unprecedented seven Southland Conference regular-season championships back to Nacogdoches. That total is nearly half of the 15 possible regular-season titles in SLC Soccer history.