Louw Named Southland Player Of The Year

FRISCO, Texas - Stephen F. Austin sophomore Kylie Louw is the 2010 Southland Conference Soccer Co-Player of the Year, according to a Tuesday announcement by league officials. With the honor, Louw becomes the first Ladyjack in program history to earn a player of the year award, and the first player in conference history to win freshman of the year and player of the year honors in back-to-back seasons.

Louw was also named to the First-Team All-Southland Conference squad, as were teammates Jordan King and Kim Kimmel, giving SFA the second-most selections in the league, behind conference champion Southeastern Louisiana.

Laura Sadler earned a spot on the second team, and Edwina Forbes, Kelli Barnes and Jordyn Young were all given honorable-mention recognition.

Louw, a native of South Africa, followed up a sterling freshman campaign with an equally impressive second season. She led the Ladyjacks in scoring with 20 points, despite completely missing four games - the first two with a mid-season injury and the last two while playing with the South African women's national team in a World Cup qualifier. She finished the year as the Southland leader in goals per game. Louw led the Ladyjacks with six assists and is second on the team with seven goals.

Kimmel heads into postseason play tied with Louw for second on the team in goals scored. Her seven goals equal the career-high she put up a year ago, and her four assists give her 18 points for the season. The senior was a second-team all-conference honoree last year.

King came from nowhere to lead the Ladyjacks in goals this season. Through her first two years of collegiate soccer, she had no goals and no assists.

But the junior defender made a killing off set pieces in 2010, putting up a team-best eight goals through the end of the regular season. That figure ranked fifth in the Southland. She set a school record with three penalty kick goals this season and added two assists. King was the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2009 after transferring from Oklahoma.

Sadler earned her first career All-Southland honor after a mid-season scoring streak vaulted her into fourth on the team goals list. The sophomore matched the six goals she put up last season and added a career-best four assists to register 16 points through the end of the regular season. Her four goals in Southland play tied for second in the league.

SFA's trio of honorable-mention choices were a product of the Ladyjacks' defensive play. Forbes, Barnes and Young joined King to make up the most formidable back line in the Southland Conference. SFA allowed the fewest shots on goal (77) in the conference this year and gave up just 28 shots on goal in league play. The Ladyjacks' six shutouts on the year ranked fifth in the league, and their four shutouts in conference play were third. Forbes chipped in at the other end of the field with two goals, and Young added a goal and an assist.

SFA will open play in the Southland Conference Tournament Friday in San Marcos, Texas. The Ladyjacks are the No. 2 seed and have a first-round bye.

Their first match will be at 4:30 on Friday against the winner of Thursday's meeting between No. 3 UTSA and No. 6 Lamar.