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Jackson State women's soccer picked to finish 2nd in SWAC

JACKSON (JSUTigers.com) - The Southwestern Athletic Conference released the 2015 Soccer Preseason Honors on Monday, Aug 10. Sports information directors and coaches around the conference voted for the players they expect to lead the conference this season and five Lady Tigers were named; two first team and three second.

The Jackson State leading scorer Jalana Ellis landed on the All-SWAC Preseason first team as the number one midfielder. Ellis played 20 games during the 2014 season with 14 starts. She recorded 49 shots with 25 shots on goal and scored six goals with four assist leading the team with 16 points. She was second on the team in winning goals and received a College Sports Madness SWAC All-Conference First team honor, and a SWAC All-Conference First team honor.

JSU senior defender Rayana Speight joins Ellis on the preseason first team. Speight played in 20 games with 16 starts last season, scoring one goal with three assist. She also recorded 21 shots with 10 on goal. For her effort, Speight was named to the 2014 College Sports Madness SWAC All-Conference second team.

The Lady Tigers second team honors consist of Sie’Yara Wells at midfield, Kyleigh Io on defense, and Kylie Christian as goal keeper.

Wells played in 14 games with five starts during the 2014 season. She scored two goals and recorded eight shots with two on goal.

As a defender in her sophomore season, Io played 15 games with 13 starts.

As a sophomore, Christian played in 11 games with eight starts. She recorded 4 shutouts and 68 saves for a save percentage of .649.

The Lady Tigers are expected to finished second in the conference after the 2014 defending champs Howard University. 

SWAC Women's Soccer Predicted Order of Finish

School

Points

Howard

154

Jackson State

130

Alabama State

129

Prairie View A&M

115

Texas Southern

106

Mississippi Valley State

96

Southern

81

Alabama A&M

74

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

48

Grambling State

42

Alcorn State

15

Offensive Player of the Year

Aaliyah Lewis

Alabama State

Defensive Player of the Year

Breanna Powell

Prairie View A&M

Goalie of the Year

Rita Gyasi

Mississippi Valley

Preseason All-SWAC Team

First Team

Second Team

Forward

Forward

Alicia Cooper

Prairie View A&M

Estelle Esperance

Alabama A&M

Aaliyah Lewis

Alabama State

Heather Craddock

Mississippi Valley

Nykosi Simmons

Mississippi Valley

Kayla Edwards

Alabama State

Midfielder

Midfielder

Jalana Ellis

Jackson State

Ariela Lewis

Alabama State

Shelbi Vienna-Hallam

Alabama State

Kara Ballard*

Prairie View A&M

Marlyn Campa

Texas Southern

Sie'Yara Wells*

Jackson State

Sara Vaughan*

Howard

Khalisha Bond*

Prairie View A&M

Dytria Ruddy*

Howard

Kaedi Walther*

Alabama State

Defender

Defender

Breanna Powell

Prairie View A&M

Emily Ziolkowski

Alabama State

Rayana Speight

Jackson State

Shelby Carbon

Southern

Makayla Johnson

Texas Southern

Erica Cozart*

Texas Southern

Kyleigh Io*

Jackson State

Goalie

Goalie

Rita Gyasi

Mississippi Valley

Kylie Christian

Jackson State

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