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Three Preseason All-Southland Kats
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Release: 08/08/2012
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Midfielder Kirby Zak, defender Kayla Anderson and forward Tricia Mallory have been named to the 2012 preseason All-Southland Conference women's soccer team.

Anderson and Zak, both seniors, are first team selections. Mallory, a junior, was named to the second team. The preseason team is selected annually by vote of the league's head coaches.

Zak begins her senior season ranked No. 5 in SHSU career goals (17). The Weatherford product holds school mark for career assists (16) and has been a three-time All-Southland selection, earning honorable mention honors as a freshman, first team recognition as a sophomore and second team as a junior.

Anderson was an All-Southland honorable mention selection in 2011. The Katy/Cinco Ranch product led team with 2,051 minutes played and started all 22 matches.

Mallory enters her junior year ranked as Sam Houston's second all-time leading scorer with 19 career goals. The Spring native was the team's "Co-Most Valuable Player" in 2011 and was the top goal scorer for last year's team with eight tallies.

"All three players are very deserving of recognition," Bearkat head coach Tom Brown said. "Kirby has played multiple spots for us in the midfield and up front.  She is good at exploiting our opponent's weaknesses, so we like to move her around. Kayla was a consistent performer last season in her first year as a starter. She is very good at winning air balls and is a big threat for us on attacking free kicks. Tricia is a very good finisher of the ball and has led our attack the past two seasons. We're looking for all three of these young ladies to have outstanding seasons this fall."

Sam Houston State will kick off the 2012 season with three consecutive home games. The Bearkats play host to Prairie View A&M Friday, August 17; Texas State on Sunday, August 19 and North Texas Friday, August 24. All three matches will start at 7 p.m.

2012 All-Southland Conference Soccer Preseason Team

First Team

GK

Lacey Lee

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

DF

Breanne Vernon

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

DF

Amber Thornhil

 Lamar Defender

Jr.

DF

Kayla Anderson

Sam Houston

Sr.

DF

Kelsey Salcido

Southeastern La

Jr.

MF

Kirby Zak

Sam Houston

Sr.

MF

Kylie Louw

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

MF

Laura Sadler

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

F

Chelsea Raymond

Stephen F. Austin

So.

F

Maiya Cooper

Southeastern La

Sr.

F

Karly Dagy

Southeastern La

Sr.

Second Team

GK

Lacey Bockhaus

Southeastern La.  

Sr.

DF

Lauren Parks

Oral Roberts

Sr.

DF

Callie Allbright

McNeese State

Jr.

DF

Shanyce Shaw

Southeastern La

Jr.

DF

Lauren Stillians

Southeastern La

Sr.

MF

Kristen Bos

Lamar

So.

MF

Becky Johnson

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

MF

Johna Germany

McNeese State

Jr.

FW

Tricia Mallory

Sam Houston

Jr .

FW

Loran Maudslay

Lamar

Sr.

FW

Jennifer Abernathy

Oral Roberts

Jr.

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