Stephen F. Austin sophomore forward Mattie Musser gave the Ladyjack soccer team an early 1-0 lead against No. 24-ranked Texas, but the Longhorns tied the game at intermission and then added a pair of goals in the second half for a 3-1 non-conference win at the SFA Soccer Field Friday night.
Musser’s goal in the 14th minute came off a corner kick service from Sophia Fondren, and was Musser’s second tally of the season. The Longhorns finally broke through for an equalizer in the 37th minute, added a second half go-ahead score in the 61st and tacked on a late goal in the 80th minute.
• SFA totaled 10 shots in the contest compared to 22 for the Longhorns. Elise Davis’s second half-tally was disallowed for offsides, while a booming shot off the foot of freshman Colleen Feagins in the game’s 64th minute beat the Longhorn keeper but careened off the crossbar and away to safety.
• The Lone Star State matchup drew a large crowd of nearly 900 fans out to SFA Soccer Field.
• Fondren’s assist was the first of her junior campaign and 11th of her career, moving her into a tie for tenth most in career history at SFA.
• SFA continues its home stand with a matchup on today against Texas Southern University. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
On his team’s play on Friday night: “I think tonight was a good night. It’s always disappointing when you don’t get the result you want, but few learned a lot about what our team is made of with the technical skill, shape-shifting and competitive energy displayed.”
We scored a tremendous set piece goal to open the scoring and found ourselves within a goal with 15 minutes left. At the end of the day when your plan is in place, go full speed, put it on the line and test yourself, and I’ll tell you that a few moments in that game could’ve tilted it either way. Texas was a great opponent, I’m thankful that they came and played us here in Nacogdoches so our fans could come and see two great teams going head to head, and that certainly didn’t disappoint.”
On his team’s work on set pieces: “We worked on some things in practice this week in regards to set pieces, primarily in defense, and I thought we were really good in those moments tonight. There were some moments I thought we could’ve been better in possession, but we were dangerous to play against, we had an identity and when you have a team that can achieve that, you’re going to win some games.”
On the large crowd at SFA Soccer Field on Friday: Our fans turn out. Since 2013 we’ve beaten an SEC team here, we’ve beaten a Pac-12 team here, we’ve gone toe to toe with other big opponents here in which the result just didn’t tilt our way, with tonight being one of them, so why wouldn’t you come out? There’s some improvements with the facility we’re working on, but the type of soccer that’s on the field right now is very good, and I have a feeling that the ceiling for this team is going to be very high.”