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Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media
Soccer to Face Alabama State in SWAC Final
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 11/09/2013
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JACKSON- The Jackson State University Lady Tigers soccer team will take on the Alabama State Lady Hornet in a competition to determine the 2013 SWAC Soccer Champions on Sunday, Nov. 10. This will be the first time in Jackson State history that the women's soccer team has made consecutive appearances in the SWAC Final.

The two team met less than a month ago in a game that ended in a 2-1 loss for the Lady Tigers.

Each team has fought hard to get two this point. The Lady Tigers (9-9-2/ 2-1-1) were able to accomplish shutouts in the first two round of the tournament defeating Texas Southern 4-0 and Southern University 1-0. They hope to keep this momentum going as they face Alabama State.

The Lady Hornets (14-6-0/ 4-0) also dominated the first two rounds of the tournament sending home Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5-2 and Prairie View 2-1.

These teams have great players that have help lead them to this championship. The Lady Tigers are led by freshman midfielder Jalana Ellis from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Ellis has been a great asset offensively playing in all 20 games and starting in 18. She has scored 7 of the Lady Tigers 31 goals with 2 assist for 16 points this season. Ellis was named All-SWAC Second Post-Season Team and holds the same honor for College Sports Madness. Statistically, she is followed close by freshman defender Elexis Rice from Woodland, CA. Rice has scored 5 goals with 3 assist for 13 points. Rice has played in 16 games and started in 10. She was named College Sports Madness All-SWAC First Post-Season team.

The Lady Hornets are led by freshman twins Aaliyah and Ariela Lewis from Anchorage, Alaska. As a forward, Aaliyah has played and started in all 20 games for the Lady Hornets. She has scored 18 of the 57 goals with 7 assists for 43 points. Aaliyah was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Year. Also as a forward, Ariela has played in all 20 games and has started in 18. She has scored 15 goals with 9 assist for 39 points. Ariela was named SWAC Freshman of the Year. In the goalie position, the Lady Hornets are led by Kylee Hathaway who has played in all 20 games. Hathaway has 115 saves with 30 goals allowed for a record of 14-5-0. Hathaway was named SWAC Defensive Player of the Year.

The SWAC Championship Final will be played at Houston Amateur Park in Houston, TX at 11 a.m.

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