NATCHITOCHES, La. —
Fresh off a 1-0 double-overtime win against No. 5 seed Southeastern Louisiana in Thursday's opening round, fourth-seeded UTSA will take on regular season champion Stephen F. Austin in Friday's second semifinal match of the Southland Conference Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on at the Lady Demons Soccer Complex.
The Roadrunners (9-8-2), who have not lost a conference tournament match since 2009, will look to avenge another of their regular-season losses when they face the Ladyjacks (14-2-1) for the second time this fall. Stephen F. Austin scored three second-half goals en route to a 3-0 victory on Sept. 30 in San Antonio.
UTSA is averaging 1.78 goals per match while allowing just 0.67 since that meeting a little more than a month ago. Sophomore goalie Danielle Snyder has posted a 5-1-1 record and helped the Roadrunners record five shutouts during that time. Offensively, sophomore Maria Jose Rojas and freshman Liv Nyhegn each have recorded four goals and a pair of assists, while sophomore Valentina Lefort and freshman Anissa Munson both have registered three helpers.
The Ladyjacks ran the table in Southland play and they outscored their opponents 34-1 en route to their first regular season title in four years. SFA is looking to become just the fifth No. 1 seed to win the tournament in the event’s 14-year history and first since Texas State in 2008.
Two-time Southland Player of the Year Kylie Louw leads the nation’s most potent offense with seven goals and 13 assists. The Ladyjacks average 3.41 goals per match, which ranks ahead of both Texas A&M (3.37) and Stanford (3.05).
The Roadrunners will be looking for their first win against Stephen F. Austin since a 3-1 triumph on Oct. 17, 2008, in Nacogdoches. UTSA is 2-3-3 all-time against the Ladyjacks, including a 0-1-1 mark in postseason play. The Birds advanced past the Ladyjacks thanks to penalty kicks at last year's tournament (5-4).
The winner of Friday’s contest will advance to face the winner of the day’s other semifinal between second-seeded Texas State (13-5) and No. 6 Sam Houston State (10-11-1). A victory also would give UTSA back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in program history.