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Aug. 8, 2012
FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference announced on Wednesday its preseason soccer polls and all-conference teams and as expected the defending SLC champion Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks have been picked to win the 2012 regular season championship by both the league’s coaches and sports information directors.
The Ladyjacks earned eight first-place votes and 64 points from the coaches to edge out Lamar’s 52 points while earning 63 points and seven first-place votes in the SID poll, edging Lamar’s 51 points.
Senior SLC Player of the Year Kylie Louw (first-team) highlights a field that totals six Ladyjacks on the preseason all-conference teams which also includes sophomore Chelsea Raymond (first-team), senior Laura Sadler (first-team), senior Breanne Vernon (first-team), junior Lacey Lee (first-team) and senior Becky Johnson (second-team).
Louw, a midfielder from Discovery, South Africa, set the single-season school and conference record with 14 assists in 2011 along with seven goals (28 points). Raymond, a forward from Irving, Texas, was just the third Ladyjack in school history to earn Freshman of the Year honors in 2011, setting the SFA single-season record for both goals (17) and points (41).
Sadler, a forward from Coppell, Texas, was second on the team with eight goals en route to being named to the first-team all-conference. Vernon, a defender from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, made the move to defender flawlessly and was a huge reason the Ladyjacks set a new school record with 13 shutouts and set an SLC record by allowing just one conference goal.
Lee, a goalkeeper from Bedford, Texas, was a first-team all-conference selection following her first full season at the net for the Ladyjacks where she posted an .852 save percentage and was part of 12 shutouts. Johnson, a forward from Bakersfield, California, started 16 games last season while scoring two goals and recording four assists.
The six SFA all-conference selections is tied with Southeastern Louisiana for tops in the league but the Ladyjacks led with five first-teamers.
SFA is coming off a 15-win season, which tied the 2003 squad for the highest total in school history, and return 10 starters under last year’s SLC Coach of the Year Tony Amato (third year). The Ladyjacks play an exhibition against Prairie View this Saturday, August 11 at 7 p.m. at the SFA Soccer Complex. They open the regular season Aug. 17 at home against the University of Houston.