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College Women: Northwestern State gets nod in Southland
August 29th, 2001 12AM
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Northwestern State, which last year became the first team in league history to win both the regular-season and tournament championships, has been picked by the Southland Conference women's soccer head coaches and sports information directors as the preseason favorite to win again. The Demons dominated the voting with 11 first-place nods, followed by two for Southwest Texas and one for Southeastern Louisiana. Coaches could not vote for their own team. The Demons return nine starters, including Southland Conference Player of the Year Britiany Cargill, who set the SLC record for most points (37) and most goals (16) in a season. Last yearÆs Demons set a total of seven conference records and more than 50 school records on their way to the most successful season in the five-year history of the program. Qualifying for the NCAA play-in for the first time, they lost to Montana, the champion of the Big Sky Conference. The NCAA has increased the size of the Division I tournament bracket from 48 to 64 teams, eliminating the preliminary round game. The 2001 Southland Conference tournament champion will receive the leagueÆs automatic bid and compete in the first round Nov. 14 at a campus site to be determined. 2001 Southland Conference Preseason Poll
School (first-place votes)Pts.
1.Northwestern State (11)83
2.Southwest Texas (2)71
3.Southeastern Louisiana (1)62
4.McNeese Stateá39
5.Stephen F. Austin37
7.Nicholls State15
Northwestern State placed five players on the All-Southland Conference preseason team, including last seasonÆs Player of the Year, Britiany Cargill, a senior forward from Friendswood, Texas. Helping Northwestern to its first-ever regular-season title, Cargill set a new SLC record for most goals (16) and points (37) in a season while also leading the league in shots on goal (33) last year. 2001 All-Southland Preseason Teams First Team
Britiany CargillSr.FNorthwestern StateFriendswood, Texas
Cory CochraneSo.FSoutheastern LouisianaNanamio, B.C.
Candice KocianJr.FSouthwest TexasBrenham, Texas
Allison CrainSo.FSouthwest TexasCorpus Christi, Texas
Jacqualyn LawrenceSo.MFNorthwestern StateGrand Blanc, Mich.
Melissa PayneSr.MFNorthwestern StateThe Woodlands, Texas
Becca WeingartnerSr.MFSoutheastern LouisianaLittleton, Colo.
Marva BaileyJr.DSouthwest TexasCollege Station, Texas
Hillarie MarshallSo.DNorthwestern StateSan Diego
Lindsay MasonJr.DSouthwest TexasAustin, Texas
Tiffany SwinglerSr.GKNorthwestern StateAustin, Texas
Second Team
Nicole HornSo.FStephen F. AustinSpring, Texas
Kim RobinsonSo.FNicholls StateComox, B.C.
Reta DerouinSr.FSouthwest TexasMaple Ridge, B.C.
Wanda ReganJr.FSoutheastern LouisianaSpring, Texas
Kara MuessigJr.MFSouthwest TexasHouston
Sarah WiebeSo.MFSouthwest TexasSpring, Texas
Shannon TenneySr.MFNorthwestern StateGilbert, Ariz.
Katie PriestFr.DNorthwestern StateRaleigh, N.C.
Jamie BrownSo.DSoutheastern LouisianaHouston
Courtney CoutuSo.DSoutheastern LouisianaMaple Ridge, B.C.
Nicole HelmigSo.GKSoutheastern LouisianaPensacola, Fla.

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