Soccer Releases 2011 Schedule
DENTON, Texas- North Texas head coach John Hedlund released the women's soccer schedule for 2011 on Tuesday. The schedule includes five games against regionally-ranked opponents and sees North Texas play regional rivals such as Baylor, Houston, and S
"This challenging schedule sees us take on some very talented teams who should contend within their respective conferences this season," said Hedlund. "We are excited about the upcoming season and hope to win another Sun Belt Conference title."
The Mean Green kick off the season with an exhibition contest against the University of Monterrey (Mexico) on Friday, August 19 at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. North Texas then hosts Oral Roberts on August 21 to start regular season play.
The Mean Green then take the first of two trips to the Bayou City to take on Texas Southern on August 26, before facing the Houston Cougars on September 4. Texas Southern returns Jessica Smith, who ranked 10th in the nation in goals per game during 2010, and the Mean Green renew a rivalry with the Cougars of Conference USA, who posted a 12-5-4 record last season.
SMU will renew a Metroplex Derby with North Texas on September 2, with the Mean Green playing host to the Mustangs. SMU won a 3-2 overtime contest against the Mean Green in Denton during 2010. Games against Grambling on August 28, and Sam Houston on September 9 round out the home portion of the non-conference slate.
Baylor, who ranked in the top 35 in the nation in both scoring offense and defense during 2010, hosts the Mean Green on September 11 in Waco. The Mean Green won the last meeting against the Lady Bears with a 2-1 decision on September 11, 2009.
The Mean Green go to Albuquerque, N.M. for a tournament on September 16-18, as they face UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton in the Land of Enchantment.
North Texas receives a favorable schedule within the Sun Belt, as three of the four semifinalists from 2010 come to the Mean Green Soccer Complex. Defending tournament champion Middle Tennessee comes to Denton on September 25, while regular season champion Denver, who was ranked No. 24 following the regular season, comes to Denton for their final Sun Belt game on October 28.
The Sun Belt Tournament is hosted by Middle Tennessee this season, and runs from November 2-5 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.