After a 3-0 victory over Central Arkansas last Friday night, the Stephen F. Austin soccer team clinched at least a share of their fourth consecutive Southland Conference Title. Now it's time for the players to add more bling to their hands.
Ladyjack soccer currently holds a roster where no player has never not won an SLC Championship. The seniors have made winning a habit since entering the SFA soccer program, as they have never come short to winning an SLC Conference Title in their careers.
“Coming in here my freshmen year and winning it that first year was really exciting. I was almost in tears,” said senior captain Megan Dunnigan. “After the fourth year winning it, it's just an awesome feeling and you don't expect that coming in.”
“We won our first year and then the standard was set to try to keep winning every year after that,” said senior captain Chelsea Raymond.
The seniors on this team currently rank ninth in the country in winning percentage over their last four years of play, and have been able to reach a milestone no other class has done in SFA soccer history.
“To be in that company and to do that with a coaching change midway through their career, it's so impressive and it speaks volumes not only to their character, but to the recruiting and to the underclassman,” said head coach Wally Crittenden.
The team said the stars seemed to align winning Friday night as it was homecoming, where they had the bonfire and the stands filled with almost 2,500 people all holding, “4-peat,” signs.
“I felt like there was just so many emotions running through all of us at that point,” said Raymond. “For the freshmen, it was a new thing for them. For us seniors, it's just another day as an SFA soccer player. I felt like in the situation getting that win, having homecoming, everything was just a great time.
While winning a championship title is always nothing short of exciting, after four years of the same celebration, SFA soccer's all-time career points leader Raymond said this one feels different.
“In a way it feels a little different because it's your last one. It's your fourth year, you know you've won one every year that you've been here, and then at the same time it's been a standard set since freshmen year. We won freshmen year, then sophomore year let's do it again, junior year let's do it again, so it was more of a step we had take,” said Raymond.
There are currently two games left for the Ladyjacks in conference play. A tie or win will guarantee an outright claim to the conference championship, and no sharing will be needed.
With the SLC title under the Ladyjacks' belts, they have be awarded the top seed entering the SLC Tournament. The team still has bigger goals in mind of winning the tournament and moving on to dance in the NCAA's.
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