FRISCO, Texas – Determined to improve off of last season’s campaign, the Sam Houston State soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the Southland Conference for the 2018 season, announced by the league Thursday.

Defending SLC champion Lamar was selected as the league favorite with 240 points and 20 first-places votes from coaches and media relations contacts the league. Stephen F. Austin (212) ranked second overall followed by Abilene Christian (182) in third. The Bears of Central Arkansas (172) trailed closely in fourth, followed by McNeese (169), Houston Baptist (161), SHSU (124), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (102), Southeastern Louisiana (85), Northwestern State (61), Nicholls (41) and UIW (35).

Aiming to surpass last season’s seventh-place result, head coach Tom Brown said that the Kats have much bigger goals than finishing in the middle of the pack.

“The team spent a lot of time working together during the summer sessions and has continued to show a desire to have a successful season by their hard work over the past week,” Brown said. “The team will continue to work hard each day to reach our goals.”

The Kats are set to close out exhibition action Friday evening with a 7 p.m. contest at Baylor. Live stats will be available for the match. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State soccer team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsSOC on Twitter.

School (First-place votes) Total
1. Lamar (20) 240
2. Stephen F. Austin (2) 212
3. Abilene Christian (3) 182
4. Central Arkansas 172
5. McNeese 169
6. Houston Baptist 161
7. Sam Houston State 124
8. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 102
9. Southeastern Louisiana 85
10. Northwestern State 61
11. Nicholls 41
12. UIW 35