Senior Chelsea Raymond made SFA Soccer history by scoring in the 53rd minute against Southern University Sunday afternoon.
As the forward recorded her third goal on the season, she became SFA Soccer's all-time points leader with 98 points. Raymond has now surpassed former teammate and Olympian, Kylie Louw. The former record holder tallied up 96 points throughout the 2009-2012 seasons.
Raymond's goal made for her 43rd in her career.
The senior said entering Sunday's game, there was a lot of anticipation on whether or not she would break the record. Raymond said though all the commotion, she did her best to focus solely on the game.
“A lot of people would come up to me and say, ‘Hey, how many more points? How many more?'” said Raymond. “I felt like people were putting on pressure. It was all built up, kind of frustrating, and finally to see it go into the net, I was just really relieved. The weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel like it was a very relaxing feeling.”
Raymond said she didn't foresee this happening in her future at SFA, but if you look at her stats, it would have been a safe bet to make that she would be make history for the program.
In her freshmen year alone, Raymond set the SFA single-season record for both goals (17) and points (41). She was selected to the First-Team All-Southland Conference and named Freshmen of the Year.
Raymond's sophomore and junior campaigns included 23 goals, two First-Team All-Southland Conference selections, and a Second Team National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire All-Central Region selection.
The best part of Raymond making history now, is that the Ladyjacks have yet to start conference play.
“It's really exciting so when people come here, they have something to look up to when they play,” said Raymond. “They're going to see my name and say, ‘I want be Chelsea Raymond,' and I feel like that's an honor to be in that position.”
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