2012 Team Repeats As Regular-Season Champions
Mean Green Shares Title With Middle Tennessee and FIU
With the majority of its team coming back after a record-breaking season in 2014, the North Texas soccer program is poised to make a run for its 10th conference championship in school history.
Every Thursday during the summer, MeanGreenSports.com is looking back at all nine conference championships. This week, we look at the 2012 regular-season championship team.
After going five years without a conference title, the North Texas soccer team rebounded in 2011 with the regular-season title and came up just short in winning the conference tournament championship.
Despite losing six starters, the 2012 Mean Green had a lot of confidence going into the season. North Texas had plenty of leadership with Kelsey Hodges playing in the back, Michelle Young pacing the offense, and Jackie Kerestine returning for her second season in goal.
North Texas started off strong, winning the first five games of the season, before colliding with the tough part of its schedule: tying Baylor, falling to two ranked teams (Oklahoma State and Long Beach State) and then losing to TCU, 1-0.
NT soccer's conference record was a nearly flawless 8-1-1, and included a benchmark victory in Denton over Middle Tennessee. North Texas lost a decisive game to WKU on the road, 2-0. The loss dropped the Mean Green into a three-way tie with Middle Tennessee and FIU for the regular-season title.
Young was the catalyst for a potent North Texas offense throughout the season. She ranked first in the Sun Belt in shots and tied for second in goals.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine led the Sun Belt coming in GAA in conference play at .86.
As a unit, NT soccer ranked first in goals (26), shots (195) and corner kicks (64) in the conference.
North Texas was rewarded with a handful of players being honored on the all-conference teams. Young, Kelsey Hodges, freshman midfielder Karla Pineda and senior midfielder Carly McDowell headlined the 2012 SBC First and Second Team All-Conference crew for the Mean Green.
Young and Hodges both repeated as first teamers after phenomenal years leading the offense and defense respectively. Young scored 10 goals on the year putting her at 40 for her career, good for fifth all-time. Hodges scored seven goals and was a force on a defense that allowed only 20 goals and limited opponents to 182 shots.
Pineda made the first team as a midfielder after an impressive freshman campaign that included seven goals, 21 points and a SBC offensive player of the week award. McDowell earned her first all-conference selection on the second team after a season of leading the midfield and setting up the offensive attack.