DENTON, Texas – Krista Davey and Christy Johnson got the North Texas soccer program rolling in the late 1990s. Marilyn Marin led the nation in goals in 2002, and passed the scoring torch to Melinda Pina. But it wasn’t until Heather Hutyra arrived in Denton in 2004 that the Mean Green took the next step.
Hutyra, who will enter the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon, led the Mean Green to back-to-back Sun Belt Conference championships and NCAA Tournament trips in 2004 and 2005, which cemented her legacy as a winner.
“I label Heather as a true forward,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund, who has amassed 264 wins in 19 seasons at NT. “She’s a kid that can put the ball in the net for you consistently. She was very hard to mark just from the fact that she had the power, the strength and the speed. She became a nightmare for opposing coaches. She was the player we had to have to keep the program going.”
The Benbrook, Texas, native finished her illustrious career tied for second in North Texas history with 51 career goals and 16 career game-winning goals. Hutyra was named the 2004 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and the 2005 Sun Belt Player of the Year.
The Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place Saturday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m., prior to the Green-White spring football game, in the Hub International club level of Apogee Stadium. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Induction, which includes a tailgate-style lunch, are on sale through the North Texas Athletics Ticket Office at 940-565-2527 for $20 per person or $150 for a table of eight. Click here for more information on Saturday's event.
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