The Stephen F. Austin Soccer team has won their fourth consecutive Southland Conference Title, but their season is far from over. They are just now getting to the good part as they are headed to the Southland Conference Tournament.
The Ladyjacks seem to have all the momentum carrying their way as they have hopes to win the SLC Tournament in order to punch themselves a ticket into the NCAA's
“We're definitely pretty confident. We've won the past 13 games, we have the highest winning streak in the country, and we're all clicking really well together,” said senior goalkeeper Morgan Glick.
“We feel very excited. Again, it's been our fourth year in a row to go. It's nothing new to expect. We're kind of expecting everyone's best as usual,” said senior forward Zuri Prince
Last year, the Ladyjacks were the clear favorite going into the tournament, but Southeastern managed to pull the upset in the finals beating SFA in penalty kicks. That haunting memory has given the team more boost to get it done this year.
“I don't know if a week went by where the result that happened in the final last year wasn't on someone's mind on our coaching staff,” said head coach Wally Crittenden.
“Last year we definitely should have been there,” said Prince. “We should have been in the NCAA's. There is no question about that.”
Going undefeated in conference play was a confidence booster, as well as sweeping all of the SLC honors along the way.
Crittenden was named Coach of the Year, Prince was named the Player of the Year, transfer and Lufkin native Christa Robinson was named the Newcomer of the Year, while Hanna Barker was named Freshmen of the Year.
“It should give them some confidence. It should give them motivation. They should have a bit of swagger about them as they prepare and get ready to take the field and represent that recognition,” said Crittenden.
“I think that with us winning those awards, there's no question we're the best team in the conference,” said Prince.
The team has the number one seed entering the tournament and will play the winner of the Nicholls and McNeese game on Friday.
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