Mean Green Add Two Highly-Touted Transfers
Ansley Bunger, Kelsey Brann Join North Texas
DENTON – The defending 2017 Conference USA champion women’s soccer team has added two experienced transfers to its roster.
Ansley Bunger, a Keller native who is the all-time leading goal scorer at her high school and Kelsey Brann, a goalie who was a member of the Mexican Women’s National Team youth system from 2014-17, have joined the Mean Green soccer team this semester and are expected to compete for starting positions for the 2018 season.
“I’m excited to have Ansley and Kelsey join the Mean Green family,” head coach John Hedlund said. “Both players are coming from well-respected soccer programs that are nationally recognized each year, and to have them here for our spring season is an added bonus for the program. Transfers like Ansley and Kelsey that want to come back home to the state of Texas to be closer to family play a major role in our championship success each year.”
Bunger, a 2017 graduate of Byron Nelson High School, comes to UNT from the University of Arkansas where she played one season. An attacking midfielder with a strong left foot, Bunger will have three years of eligibility.
“I’m ready for a fresh start,” Bunger said. “I know a few of the women on this team so it’s been a fairly comfortable transition.”
Bunger played against North Texas on August 20. Then No. 17-ranked Arkansas soccer team ended UNT’s 17-game home winning streak and Bunger came off the bench and put a shot on goal in the 2-0 Razorback win.
She played a season-high 45 minutes versus Mississippi Valley on Sept. 3 in an 11-0 win.
Bunger was an elite prospect out of high school where she had been named to the all-state first team and been a district offensive MVP. Her 52 goals in high school rank first in school history.
She was also named a National Honor Society member while in high school.
“This is a great opportunity for me to play with a great team,” Bunger said. “I’m very excited.”
Brann joins the Mean Green after one season at the University of Tulsa.
Brann didn’t play her freshman season and received a medical hardship. She will have four years of eligibility remaining.
Out of high school, the Humble, Texas, native had a Top Drawer Soccer IMG Girls Academy No. 92 ranking. The goalie played in the 2016 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Amman, Jordan for Mexico.
“The experience playing international has definitely helped me and was of course a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Brann said. “I’ve been lucky to play against and with some very talented players.”
Brann’s international success extends past her country’s quarterfinal finish at the 2016 World Cup. Brann was also a member of a team that captured a third-place finish in the 2016 Tournament of Gradisca in Gradisca d'Isonzo, Italy, a silver medal in the 2016 CONCACAF U17 World Cup Qualifier in St. Georges, Granada, and a bronze medal in the 2014 IOW Youth Summer Olympics in Nanjing, China.
“This team (UNT) is a very talented team and it’s exciting to be a part of it,” Brann said.
The Mean Green will return a majority of its 2017 championship team that had only two seniors on its roster. Replacing Cat Sebazco and Tori Phillips won’t be easy, though, the two each won five conference championships in their four year at UNT and were critical late last season.
“I know both players will make an immediate impact on our team starting this spring and we hope to be adding a few more power-5 transfers,” said Hedlund.
The Mean Green have begun workouts but won’t return to the soccer field for practice until Feb. 20.