Soccer Preview: Jackson State
2016 Record: 4-12-1 (4-5-1 SWAC), Eliminated in 1st round of SWAC soccer tournament
Key returners: Jolene Ceniceros, Faith Toennies, Jessica Blair
Key losses: Jalana Ellis, Kylie Christian, Kalen Roberts
Jackson State and head coach Stephen Peck, who enters his second year with the Tigers, will look to get the Tigers past the first round of the SWAC soccer tournament in 2017.
Jackson State will need to find a replacement for its top goalkeeper this season. The Tigers will be without Kylie Christian who moved on after last season. Christian made 12 appearances, which included nine starts for Peck a season ago. Christian totaled a 2.60 goals against average and a .684 save percentage in for Jackson State 2016.
Peck will likely be able to build off the continuity that his team formed a season ago, as a number of players are returning for the Tigers this season.
Peck will look to Faith Toennies to replace Christian as the primary goalkeeper this season. Toennies made five appearances including one start for the Tigers last season. Toennies compiled a 2.71 goals against average along with a .538 save percentage in 2016.
Offensively, Joelene Ceniceros returns and will look to pace the Tigers this season. Last season, Ceniceros scored three goals to total six points to tie for the most points scored on JSU.
One strength that Peck will be looking to once again see from his team this season is a balanced offense. 11 different players scored at least one point for the Tigers a season ago, and five players tied for the team lead with six points.
Peck will look to once again see a balanced offense this season and not rely to heavily on one player. If Peck can continue to have balanced scoring, Jackson State will be poised to improve on its first round exit of the SWAC soccer tournament in 2017.