Soccer continues homestand against LSU-Alexandria, UH

Ladyjack freshman forward Colleen Feagins (left) challenges the ball against Longhorns sophomore midfielder Carlee Allen. SFA lost to UT on Friday 3-1.

The SFA Ladyjacks soccer team will conclude its non-conference slate of games as they prepare to face Louisiana State University of Alexandria at 7 p.m. Friday and the University of Houston at 6 p.m. Sunday. Both matches will be held at SFA Soccer Field. 

The Ladyjacks have a 2-3 overall record with a winning percentage of .400. The team is coming off a 4-0 victory over Texas Southern University on Sunday. The win marks the 75thcareer win for Wally Crittenden, SFA’s head coach, and it is the second time this season the Ladyjacks record a shutout at home. In their last three games, the ‘Jacks have scored 11 goals. 

Friday’s game will be the first ever meeting between the Ladyjacks and the LSUA Generals. The Generals have a 4-1 overall record and a winning percentage of .800. 

After dropping their season opener to defending NAIA national champion William Carey University, the Generals come into town riding a four-game win streak. In that span, they have outscored their opponents 26-2. LSUA is coming off a 2-1 victory over Texas Wesleyan University last Saturday. The Generals scored the go-ahead goal in the 84thminute and held on for the win. 

The leading scorers for LSUA are junior midfielder Romelcia Phillip and senior midfielder/forward Brandi Menephee. They each have four goals and two assists. Following close behind is sophomore forward Jordan Thibodeaux with three goals. Karen Jacobs, a junior forward, leads the team with six assists. 

As a team, 118 shots have been attempted with 70 of them being on goal for a .593 shot on goal percentage. On the defensive end, junior goalkeeper Delmy Perez has only allowed six goals and has recorded 16 saves in five matches.

Since 2006, the Ladyjacks and the Houston Cougars have met on the pitch six times. SFA holds a 4-2-1 lead in the series. Their last meeting came in 2013 when the match ended in a 0-0 tie. 

Houston holds a 2-4 overall record. In their latest match, the Cougars fell in a road matchup to UC Riverside 1-0 on Sunday. Before coming to Nacogdoches, Houston faces Oregon State at 7 p.m. Thursday from the Carl Lewis International Complex in Houston. 

Reid Morrison, a sophomore midfielder, leads the Cougars with two goals. All three of her shots attempted this season were on goal. Additionally, Morrison was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team last season. Teammates Julissa Depaoli, Nolin Parker, Morgan Goode and Madison Gear all have one goal apiece. 

Goalkeepers Samantha Cude and Koral Hughes have played and started two games. Hughes has saved five shots, holds a .556 save percentage and has allowed four goals. Cude has saved seven goals and allowed five. 

            SFA will begin conference play against Northwestern State University at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 in Nacogdoches.

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