Conference Race Heats Up
With all teams now entering their respective divisional and conference schedules, matches are becoming moreÂ important as the schedule winds down. The top four teams in each division will participate the season-ending SWACÂ Soccer Tournament, being hosted byÂ Mississippi Valley State University.
UAPBâ€™s Jade West and Nicole Parks-Powell are ranked in the top five in the nation in points and goals per game.Â West is second in points per game (2.63) while Powell is fourth averaging 2.5 points per outing.Â Powell is second in goals per game with 1.13 while West is fourth averaging one goal per outing.
AlabamaÂ Stateâ€™s Chelsea Nash (12.57 spg) and Grambling Stateâ€™s Cherie Silas (9.44 spg) lead a group of five SWAC goalkeepers who are in the top ten in saves per game.Â Nash leads the nation while Silas is third; Jackson Stateâ€™s Allison Lane (8.5 spg) is sixth while Alcorn Stateâ€™s Elaine Opusunju ranks seventh averaging 8.4 stops per outing.Â Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluffâ€™s Bre-Ann Laypolle is ninth averaging 7.86 saves per outing.