Jan. 23, 2014
DENTON, Texas – It was more of the same for the Mean Green soccer team during the 2013 season. Despite losing its starting goalkeeper early on and making the jump from the Sun Belt Conference to Conference USA, North Texas came just one win away from its fourth NCAA tournament berth in the last 10 years.
Senior Kelsey Hodges and freshman Rachel Holden led the way for the Mean Green, both earning NSCAA All-Region First Team recognition as well as C-USA offensive and defensive player of the year, respectively. Holden was also named freshman of the year and senior Vanessa Ibewulke was selected for the all-conference third team.
Holden also had two hat tricks on the season, one in the first game of her career against Texas Southern and the other against Oklahoma on Sept. 15. She was awarded C-USA player of the week twice for her performances.
After 2012 Sun Belt Tournament MVP junior goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine went down just four games into the season, sophomore Haley Riley stepped in, tying for fifth in the conference with six shutouts, earning a spot on the C-USA All-Academic team and earing C-USA player of the week after back-to-back shutouts over Sam Houston and TCU.
The Mean Green went 6-3-1 in conference and 14-7-1 overall in its inaugural season in C-USA, earning a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament after a season-ending victory over UTEP at home.
After knocking out FIU in round one of the tournament, the Mean Green found itself in a double-overtime thriller with Charlotte in the semi-finals, which eventually ended with a game-winning score by sophomore Lindsey Hulstein off a corner kick by senior Tori Adame.
The Mean Green fought back after three early Colorado College goals in the championship game but fell short of the 2013 title.
In 19 seasons, head coach John Hedlund and the Mean Green has never had a losing season.