Ladyjacks Picked To Win Southland Conference
Aug 14, 2013
FRISCO, Texas – A year removed from sweeping the 2012 regular season and conference tournament, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks soccer team has been picked to win the 2013 Southland Conference regular-season championship in polls conducted by the league’s coaches and sports information directors, the league announced on Wednesday.
This marks the third consecutive year the Ladyjacks have been selected to finish first in the Southland in either one of the two polls. SFA received 11 first-place votes in both the coaches and SID’s polls to earn a total of 143 points in each poll. Last season the Ladyjacks led the league in scoring offense (2.48), goals-against average (0.624) and shutout percentage (.619).
Yesterday the Ladyjacks had six student-athletes earn preseason all-conference honors, including four first-team selections in Megan Dunnigan (D), Lacey Lee (GK), Zuri Prince (F) and Chelsea Raymond (F).
“As a professional, you take pride in what you do and hope that your methods and the process by which you prepare to compete are respected,” SFA head coach Wally Crittenden said. “The fact that our fellow coaches feel we will be in a position to compete at the top of the league, amongst so many outstanding programs, is a great compliment. While it is a great tribute to last year’s success and to the potential of our team this year, it is exactly that, a tribute to potential. The fact is, we will continue to prepare and compete, day in and day out, to put ourselves in a position to be successful no matter where we are picked to finish in the league. There is no doubt, it will be an exciting conference this season. From top to bottom, anyone can win on any day, and that is the kind of conference players and coaches are excited to be a part of.”
SFA is coming off a season in which they posted an unblemished 8-0-0 conference record and finished 17-4-0 overall, setting a school record for wins in a single-season. The Ladyjacks return nine starters to a team that won its seventh conference title and made its third NCAA postseason appearance.