Forward Chelsea Raymond was named the 2011 SLC Freshman of the Year.
Nov. 1, 2011
FRISCO, Texas - Stephen F. Austin junior midfielder Kylie Louw was named the 2011 Southland Conference Soccer Player of the Year for the second consecutive year by a vote of the league's head coaches and sports information directors, the conference office announced Tuesday in conjunction with the release of the all-conference women's soccer teams.
Louw is the first player in Southland Conference history to win back-to-back player of the year honors. A native of Discovery, South Africa, Louw finished the regular season leading the league in assists (13), third in points per game (1.69) and fourth in points (27). She is also second in the nation in assists per game (0.81).
This is Louw's second player of the year award and third first-team all conference honor. Louw started 15 of 16 games played and finished second on her team in points (27) and third in goals (seven).
SFA (14-2-1, 9-0-0), which claimed its sixth regular-season championship to earn the No. 1 seed entering this week's Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, holds a league-best six first-team all-conference team members.
"The success of our team has allowed individuals to be deservedly recognized," Amato said. "It's a great honor and just goes to show what can happen if the mindset is towards a team goal. This means a lot, this team has had a great season and deserved to recognized for that."
Joining Louw on the first team for the Ladyjacks is the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year Chelsea Raymond. Raymond, a native of Irving, Texas, leads the conference in shots (76), goals (17) and points (41). Additionally, Raymond is ranked fifth in the nation in goals per game (1.000) and sixth in the nation in points per game (2.41). She is the third player in school-history to win Freshman of the Year, joining Louw (2009) and Kendra Cannon (2001). Raymond also set a school-record for most goals (17) and points (41) in a single-season.
SFA head coach Tony Amato was voted the Southland Conference Coach of the Year after his second season with the Ladyjacks. Amato led SFA to an undefeated regular-season conference title and a school-record 12 consecutive wins. He is the third coach in program history to be named coach of the year, joining Nicole Nelson (2003-2004) and Jamie Frias (2005).
Other Ladyjacks earning first-team honors include junior midfielder Laura Sadler, senior defender Jordan King, sophomore goalkeeper Lacey Lee and junior defender Breanne Vernon.
Sadler, a Coppell, Texas, native, was third on the team in points (20), goals (eight) and assists (four). This is the first time in the Sadler's career that she has been selected to the first-team all-conference.
King (2nd first-team selection), from McKinney, Texas, came back from an early season ankle injury to join Vernon (1st first-team selection), from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to strengthen a backline that was the best in the conference and helped the Ladyjacks defense record a conference-best 12 shutouts and allow just one goal in conference play.
Lee (1st first-team selection), from Bedford, Texas, started all 17 games in the net and recorded a league-best goals against average (0.44).
Senior midfielder Edwina Forbes, from Brisbane, Australia, was an honorable mention for the second time in her career.
SFA will open play in the Southland Conference Tournament Friday in Natchitoches, La.. The Ladyjacks are the No. 1 seed and have a first-round bye. Their first match will be at 7 p.m. on Friday against the winner of Thursday's meeting between No. 4 UTSA and No. 5 Southeastern Louisiana.