Green Gang: Soccer Preview

By Zach Barnett

With the North Texas soccer team taking the field for two-a-days this week, I thought I’d illustrate a few points of emphasis for the Mean Green heading into the 2010 season:

1.       Home Field Advantage

North Texas has done a lot of winning since the program began in 1995. In fact, the program has never had a losing season. At home, though, the Mean Green have been downright dominant.


To illustrate, the Mean Green have won 113 of its 139 home games, good for an .838 winning percentage. The numbers have gotten even better since joining the Sun Belt Conference. Over the last decade, North Texas has gone 81-7-5 at home, which equates to an .899 winning percentage. The Mean Green have been good enough to win right at nine out of 10 games for an entire decade, including a four-matching winning streak heading into 2010.


2.       Stone Wall Mandy Hall

The Mean Green is not a veteran team in 2010 (more on this later) but it does have one of the most accomplished players in school history on its roster. Following a stellar 2009 campaign, senior goalkeeper Mandy Hall is already tied for the school record with 17 career shutouts. The Colleyville native also ranks second with a career 1.08 goals against average, and sits in fifth place with 195 career saves.


3.       A Fresh Look

North Texas will be one of the nation’s youngest teams in 2010. In addition to a six-member freshman class, four transfers have joined the squad since the end of last season. North Texas will boast more size this season, as five players will stand 5-9 or taller.

Last but not least, assistant coach Cassidy Acuff joins the staff this season after numerous years coaching on the high school and Olympic Development Program level.

From the faces to the uniforms, North Texas will have a new look in 2010.

The Mean Green will take the field for the first time next Saturday for the annual Alumni Game. The season opens just two weeks from today against Texas Southern, 7:00 p.m. at the friendly confines of the  Mean Green Soccer Field.



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