SWAC Champs! GSU earns bid to NCAAs

Courtesy of GSU Athletic Communications

For the first time since 2006, the Grambling State University women’s soccer team punched its ticket to the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament with a 2-1 victory over No. 2 seed Jackson State on Sunday afternoon at the PVAMU Soccer Complex.

GSU, who made its fifth trip to the SWAC title game in six years, broke its championship drought with the win. The victory also extended Grambling’s unbeaten streak to 14 games, a program record.

“I’m so proud of this team and how they battled all year long, “said GSU head coach Justin Wagar. “When one player went down another stepped up. We’re currently riding a long unbeaten streak and I’m just happy for our players. It’s a load off of our shoulders to finally push through and win the title after being here so many times. I must give recognition to our assistant coach Jazmyne (Lewis) for doing a wonderful job this season as well.”

Grambling State defeated JSU on the strength of two first half goals by Khori Banks and SWAC Women’s Soccer Tournament MVP Sophia Lezizidis. Lezizidis’ performance capped off a remarkable SWAC tournament that saw her score four goals.

Madison Covey-Taylor, Naya Vialva, Beatriz Kretteis, Adrianna Pratt and Lezizidis were all named the to the SWAC All-Tournament team.