SFA Lumberjacks vs. University of North Texas

Photo courtesy of SFA Athletics

Stephen F. Austin senior forward Mattie Musser (4) pushes the ball up the pitch during Friday’s 3-0 setback at the hands of the University of North Texas. SFA bounced back on Sunday for a 2-0 shutout of Prairie View A&M.

A little home cooking was what the Stephen F. Austin soccer team needed over the weekend as the Lumberjacks used a pair of second-half goals Sunday to top Prairie View A&M, 2-0, to improve their home mark to 2-1.

SFA (2-4-1) was coming off a short two-game losing skid on the road, falling to Arkansas, 6-1, and North Texas, 3-0, with the loss to the Mean Green on Friday in Denton.

The ‘Jacks are set to return to the pitch Thursday when they go back on the road for one match — their final nonconference contest of the season — taking on Big 12 member Baylor in Waco at 7 p.m. That matchup will be broadcast on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+.

Here are the recaps of the weekend contests:

North Texas 3, SFA 0 (Fri.) — The SFA soccer team fell to the North Texas Eagles, 3-0, in Denton on Friday night. The Mean Green improved to 5-1-2 on the year, posting a two-match win streak and improving to 2-1 at home.

Lily Hargrove and Jayme Bailey were both able to call the North Texas goalkeeper into action. Defenders Paige Kanipes and Mattie Musser, along with forward Carli Arthurs, put in the work playing the full 90.

Madeline Talbot took the loss but had another strong performance in goal for the ‘Jacks. She finished with eight total saves while cutting off a few crosses as well, bumping her save total for the season to 35.

SFA 2, Prairie View A&M 0 (Sun.) — The Lumberjacks defeated Prairie View A&M at home on Sunday by a score of 2-0.

The Lady Panthers fell to 2-2-2 on the season and 0-2 on the road in 2021.

Carli Arthurs put the Jacks ahead in the 69th minute with a header on the near post off a Colleen Feagins corner. Jayme Bailey secured the home team the victory as she fired home a sharp ball from Mattie Musser with less than two minutes to go.

Madeline Talbot claimed her second victory of the season with the clean sheet. She finished the game with four saves, moving her total for the season to 39, third-most out of all WAC keepers.

The ’Jacks generated multiple dangerous chances outside of the two goals, earning six total corners and six shots on goal. Kamryn Jiles continues to be a threat, testing the keeper twice while Briana Beaty and Feagins had a shot on goal each.

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