Bueno Earns Preseason All-SLC Nod

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Forward Raquel Bueno of Sam Houston State has been named as a second team selection on the 2008 preseason All-Southland Conference women's soccer honor squad.

Bueno begins her senior year ranked No. 3 in Bearkat career scoring with 16 goals. A two-time All-Southland Conference honorable mention selection (in 2006 and 2007), the Sao Paulo, Brazil, product was Southland Conference post-season tournament "Most Valuable Player" in 2005 and Sam Houston team MVP in 2006. She scored six goals in 2007, four in 2006, and six in 2005.

Sam Houston State begins its 2008 schedule with a non-conference encounter with the Rice Owls in Houston on Friday, August 22. The Bearkats open at home at Pritchett Field on Friday, August 29, against the University of Houston. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.

The Bearkats, who earned their second Southland Conference post-season tournament berth in the five-year history of the program last year, have been predicted to finish eighth in the 2008 race. The league's head coaches tabbed McNeese State as the favorite in their annual preseason vote. The Cowgirls and Stephen F. Austin State tied for the regular season title last year. SFA won the post-season tournament to earn the league's NCAA berth.

McNeese and SFA each received five first place votes, but the Cowgirls edged the Lumberjacks 74-73 in total points to earn a narrow nod.

The complete 2008 preseason Southland Conference coaches' poll results are:

Coaches Poll
McNeese State (5).............................. 74
Stephen F. Austin (5).......................... 73
UTSA................................................. 66
Northwestern State.............................. 59
Southeastern Louisiana....................... 48
Texas State........................................ 41
Central Arkansas................................. 35
Sam Houston State............................. 26
Nicholls State..................................... 17
Lamar................................................. 11
(First-place votes)

The 2008 preseason All-Southland Conference honorees are as follows:

FIRST TEAM
Name Pos. University
Shelby Money GK McNeese State
Jessica Cotton D Stephen F. Austin
Ezinne Okpo D UTSA
Megan Cash D Stephen F. Austin
Kelli Wilson MF Stephen F. Austin
Amanda Lackey MF Stephen F. Austin
Chelsea Zimmerman MF UTSA
Veronica Najera MF UTSA
Kamryn Koch F McNeese State
Alli Dillon F UTSA
Kristin McDonald F Southeastern La.

SECOND TEAM
Crystin Pactor GK Stephen F. Austin
Sarah Cheung D Southeastern La.
Chelsea Brozgold D Northwestern State
Celeste Carruth D UTSA
Sarah Sadler MF Northwestern State
Kim Selman MF UTSA
Alana Clark MF McNeese State
Raquel Bueno F Sam Houston State
Amanda Alders F Stephen F. Austin
Justeen Lords F McNeese State
Brittney Curry F Texas State-San Marcos



 
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