Kylie Louw was selected the SLC Student-Athlete of the Year Wednesday afternoon.
Dec. 14, 2011
FRISCO, Texas - Five Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks were named Wednesday to the 2011 Soccer Academic All-Southland Conference first-team, including the selection of Kylie Louw as the Student Athlete of the Year, according to an announcement by league officials. Joining Louw on the 24-player list was Janae Lee, Lacey Lee, Laura Sadler and Breanne Vernon.
As a team SFA ended the season with a 3.10 GPA, which was good enough to be named to the 2011 NSCAA College Team Academic Award list for a second straight season. The five selections give the program multiple academic honorees in eight of the last nine years.
"It is great to see these players get rewarded for their efforts on the field and in the classroom," SFA head coach Tony Amato said. "It takes hard work to be successful and their recognition is a tribute to their strive for excellence. We are proud to have players in our program who are dedicated to do their best in all aspects of their lives.
Louw, a junior from South Africa, has a 3.68 GPA in her kinesiology major and was named to the first-team for a second straight season. Louw had a sensational season in which she was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year by compiling 28 points and also becoming the all-time points leader in SFA history. Last week Louw was also named to the NSCAA All-Central Team.
The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 12 member universities, votes for the student-athletes of the year.
The student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.
Sadler is a radio and television/communications major with a 3.38 GPA. The Coppell, Texas native was second on the team in goals (8) and third in points (20). She also had four game-winning goals and was selected to the first-team all-conference for the first time in her career.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Vernon was a staple on the Ladyjacks backline of defense that set a new school-record with nine consecutive shutouts. Vernon is a general business major with 3.39 GPA and was also selected first-team all-conference.
Lacey Lee is a fashion merchandising major with a 3.00 GPA and was selected first-team all-conference in her first full season at goalkeeper. Lee recorded 15 wins and was part of an SFA record 13 shutouts in 2011. She had 46 saves and a goals allowed average of only 0.46.
A native of Duncanville, Texas, Janae Lee was named to the first-team with a 3.49 GPA majoring in physical therapy. Lee scored seven goals on only 25 shot attempts and had the best shot percentage on the entire team (.280). The senior played in all 19 contests and had one game-winning goal.