Mean Green Soccer Chosen As C-USA Preseason Favorite
Holden Named To Preseason All-Conference USA Team
DENTON - Senior forward Rachel Holden was named to the preseason All-Conference USA team for the third straight year, and the North Texas soccer team was picked to repeat as C-USA champions.
Holden was selected by the league's coaches for the 13-member preseason team. The forward was named the C-USA Co-Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 12 goals in 2015. She finished tied for second in the conference in goals and third in points with 27, and she capped her junior campaign by being named to the NSCAA All-Central Region First Team.
"It's always nice to be respected by your peers," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "Losing seven starters off last year's championship team is never easy to replace, but we're honored to be voted as preseason favorites for the 2016 season."
The Mean Green was voted No. 1 in the preseason poll for the first time as a member of Conference USA. North Texas won the regular-season conference title and the tournament championship last year.
Holden has led the Mean Green offense for the last three seasons. She is tied for 10th all-time at North Texas with 28 career goals and seventh in career game-winning goals with 12.
Hedlund and the Mean Green soccer team are entering their 22nd season. Hedlund has led the North Texas program to 21 straight winning seasons and 11 conference titles, including three in C-USA.
North Texas opens the 2016 season with an exhibition game against Oklahoma on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Mean Green Soccer Stadium. The season officially gets started on Friday, Aug. 19, against Incarnate Word at home at 7 p.m.
2016 C-USA PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Martha Thomas | Charlotte | Jr. | MF 2016 C-USA PRESEASON
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Erica Burt | Florida Atlantic | Sr. | D
Jasmine Isokpunwu | Rice | Sr. | D
Aleah Davis | UTEP | Sr. | D/MF
2016 C-USA PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Martha Thomas | Charlotte | Jr. | MF | Weston, Florida
Erica Burt | Florida Atlantic | Sr. | D | Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Sydney Drinkwater | Florida Atlantic | Sr. | GK | Merritt Island, Florida
Kathryn Sloan | Louisiana Tech | Sr. | F | Kansas City, Missouri
Sydney Arnold | Marshall | Sr. | MF | Stafford, Virginia
Cameron Cox | Middle Tennessee | Jr. | MF | Roswell, Georgia
Rachel Holden | North Texas | Sr. | F | Lancaster, Texas
Iris Achterhof | Old Dominion | So. | F | Groningen, Netherlands
Samantha Chaiken | Rice | Jr. | MF | Dallas, Texas
Jenny Fichera | Rice | Sr. | D | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jasmine Isokpunwu | Rice | Sr. | D | Austin, Texas
Aleah Davis | UTEP | Sr. | D/MF | Hewitt, Texas
Hannah Chua | WKU | Jr. | MF | Claremont, California
2016 C-USA PRESEASON POLL (as selected by C-USA coaches)
1. North Texas
3. Florida Atlantic
5t. Middle Tennessee
11. Louisiana Tech
13. Southern Miss