Twice As Nice: Juett Named SBC Preseason Player of the Year Again

DENTON, Texas (8/18/09) - Add another accolade to Kendall Juett's career at North Texas. For the second straight season the senior midfielder from Carrollton, Texas was named the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year and selected to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Team.

Juett ranks in the top 10 all-time at North Texas in five different offensive categories. She was named first-team All-Sun Belt last season for the third consecutive year and was captain of a Mean Green team that went 15-4-1.

Joining Juett on the Preseason All-Conference Team is senior midfielder Kelli Lunsford, who battled back from a severe knee injury in 2007 to become the second-leading scorer on last year's team (seven goals) and was selected first-team all-Sun Belt.  

"I'm very happy for Kendall and Kelli, it's well deserved," North Texas head soccer coach John Hedlund said. "I was hoping for a few more players to make the list but unfortunately it did not happen. It just really shows how much talent there is all through the conference."

The preseason coaches poll has North Texas picked to finish second in the conference. Last year's champions Denver is once again the preseason favorite, receiving eight first place votes while North Texas picked up two first place votes.

"The fact that Denver won conference last year earned them the number one spot," Hedlund said.

North Texas is gearing up for the 2009 season and already has an exhibition game against TCU in the books. Next up for the Mean Green is their annual alumni game this Saturday at 6 p.m. The regular season opener will be Friday, Aug. 28 at home against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.

2009 Preseason Coaches Poll
(First place vote in parenthesis)
Team                                        Points
1. Denver (8) -                           140
2. North Texas (2) -                   130
3. Western Kentucky (2) -           126
4. Middle Tennessee -                107
5. Florida Atlantic -                    91
6. FIU -                                     75
7. South Alabama -                    67
8. UALR -                                  58
9. Louisiana-Lafayette -              53
10. Arkansas State -                  33
11. Troy -                                  29
12. ULM -                                  27

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Mariah Johnston (DU, Sr., F)
Ashley Mannarino (FAU, Sr., F)
Shan Jones (MT, So., F)
Mallory Outerbridge (WKU, So., F)
Lizzy Carlson (DU, Jr., MF)
Kendall Juett (NT, Sr., MF)
Kelli Lunsford (NT, Sr., MF)
Jessie Rogers (DU, Jr., D)
Fran Howells (MT, Jr., D)
Morgan Thomas (WKU, Jr., D)
Rachel Friedman (WKU, Sr., D)
Libby Stout (WKU, So., GK)

2009 Preseason Player of the Year
Kendall Juett (NT, Sr., MF)



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