Soccer prepares for first conference matchup against Northwestern State

Sophomore Forward Mattie Musser dribbles the ball away from an opponent during their match against the University of Houston. Musser scored the only goal for the Ladyjacks on Sunday on her single attempt.

Ladyjacks soccer is set to welcome rival Northwestern State for their Southland Conference opener at 7 p.m. Friday on the SFA Soccer Field.

With seven games into the season, the Ladyjacks have a 3-4 overall record and a .429 winning percentage with a recent 2-1 loss against the University of Houston. As for the Lady Demons, they have a 3-5 overall record and a .375 winning percentage with a recent 2-1 win against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

Northwestern State is ahead of SFA by one game. In the last eight games, the Lady Demons have had a total of 68 shots with 40 shots on goal. SFA has a total of 104 attempted shots allowing their shots on goal percentage to be .346.

Starting junior midfielders Katelyn Termini and Sophia Fondren have contributed to SFA’s offense. Termini has attempted a total of 24 shots with six on frame. Fondren’s capabilities have allowed her to attempt 21 shots and nine on frame. 

On the defensive side, redshirt senior goalkeeper Allyson Halliday has saved 37 shots in the past seven games. She tied her career-high of 14 saves on Sunday from 16 attempted shots on frame by Houston.

In their last match, NSU took the game into double overtime after tying the game 1-1 in the beginning of the second half with a goal from freshman forward Olivia Draguicevich. Although NSU had several opportunities throughout the game, ULLs goalkeeper was able to make four saves in the first half and another save in the second. 

In the first overtime, ULL had three attempts, all on frame. But, NSU senior goalkeeper Kayla Bomben was able to stop each one. It wasn’t until the second overtime the Lady Demons were able to get a shot. A goal by Draguicevich in the 109thminute gave NSU the lead and win.

Draguicevich leads the offense with 14 shot attempts and nine shots on frame. Sophomore goalkeeper Acelya Aydogmus has helped defensively for Northwestern saving 17 goals. 

The matchup between SFA and Northwestern can be watched on ESPN+. Ladyjacks will be back at 7 p.m. Friday Sept. 27 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi at SFA Soccer Field.

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