Aug. 6, 2013
Senior Kelsey Hodges was named a Conference USA "Preseason Player to Watch" and the North Texas soccer team was tabbed to finish third in its inaugural season in the new league.
Coming off back-to-back Sun Belt Conference regular season titles and a trip to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Mean Green returns nine starters, including Hodges - a two-time first team all-conference selection.
Despite being the anchor of the North Texas defense, Hodges has scored 23 career goals, which is just three shy of 10th place in NT history. The Denton native's 68 career shots on goal are ninth among all Mean Green players in the program's history.
Last season, North Texas earned its third trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2004 after rolling to the SBC regular season and tournament titles. Head coach John Hedlund became just the 25th coach in NCAA Division I history to pick up his 250th career win, and he trails only Anson Dorrance (North Carolina,31 years) and John Daly (William & Mary, 26 years) with 18 straight seasons with a winning record.
Colorado College and Rice were picked No. 1 and No. 2 in the league, respectively, by the C-USA coaches. The Mean Green will visit Rice (Oct. 4) and Colorado College (Oct. 6) on what could be the season's most important road swing.
2013 C-USA PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH
Amanda Jones - Charlotte, Jr., MF/F, Mahwah, N.J.
Kecia Morway - Colorado College, Sr., D, Lake Villa, Ill.
Lexi Miller - East Carolina, Jr., MF, Raleigh, N.C.
Chelsea Leiva - FIU, Sr., F, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Claire Emslie - Florida Atlantic, So., MF, Penicuik, Milothian, Scotland
Erica Stewart - Louisiana Tech, So., MF, Columbus, Ind.
Erin Simmons - Marshall, So., F, Gahanna, Ohio
Kate Loye - Middle Tennessee, So., MF, Hamilton, New Zealand
Kelsey Hodges - North Texas, Sr., D, Denton, Texas
Jessie Klamut - Old Dominion, Jr., MF/F, Virginia Beach, Va.
Holly Hargreaves - Rice, So., F, New Hope, Pa.
Danica Roberts - Southern Miss, Sr., F, West Yorkshire, England
Jordan O'Brien - Tulsa, Sr., MF, Garden Grove, Calif.
Johanna Liney - UAB, Jr., MF, Marietta, Ga.
Azia Nicholson - UTEP, Sr., D, Grand Prairie, Texas
Anka Grotle - UTSA, Sr., D, Bremanger, Norway