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Lamar soccer tabbed to finish 2nd in Southland

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BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar University women's soccer team is picked to finish second in the Southland Conference this season in polls of the conference's coaches and sports information directors.

Lamar is coming off its best season in the six-year history of the program. The Cardinals were 11-9-1 last season, including a 6-2-0 mark in the Southland Conference as they finished second. Lamar dropped a 2-1 decision to Stephen F. Austin in the Southland Conference Tournament championship game.

"It's great to have the respect of the conference's coaches and sports information directors," Lamar coach Orlando Cervantes said. "We opened a lot of eyes last season. It's going to be hard to sneak up on anybody this season."

Lamar received two first-place votes in the coaches' poll and one first-place vote from the sports information directors.

Lamar returns nine starters from last season's squad, including the top four scorers. The Cardinals had four players earn preseason all-conference honors, with Amber Thornhill and Kristin Bos named to the first team, while Kimmy Albeno and Jannet Hernandez were second-team selections.

Stephen F. Austin was picked as the team to beat in both polls. The Ladyjacks return nine starters from a team that went 17-4 overall and 8-0 in the conference.

Lamar opens the regular-season by hosting Prairie View A&M in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. Aug. 23. The Cardinals start conference play with a contest at Northwestern State on Sept. 20.

Coaches' Poll

 

Team

Points

1. Stephen F. Austin (11)

143

2. Lamar (2)

127

3. Oral Roberts

118

4. Southeastern Louisiana

101

5. Houston Baptist

95

6. Sam Houston State

92

7. McNeese State

77

8. Northwestern State

67

9. Central Arkansas

65

10t. Abilene Christian

37

10t. Nicholls

37

12. UIW

30

13. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

25

 

 

SID Poll

 

Team

Points

1. Stephen F. Austin (11)

143

2. Lamar (1)

130

3. Oral Roberts (1)

116

4. Sam Houston State

106

5. Houston Baptist

91

6. Southeastern Louisiana

88

7. McNeese State

79

8t. Central Arkansas

69

8t. Northwestern State

69

10. UIW

37

11. Abilene Christian

35

12. Nicholls

31

13. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

20

LAMAR

 

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