Soccer Takes On Oral Roberts In Opener
North Texas embarks on its 17th season of soccer, and attempts to post its 17th straight winning season, by hosting Oral Roberts at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. Nine starters return for the Mean Green squad that went 12-7-2 last season. North Texas
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Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 - 1 p.m.
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Summit)
at North Texas Mean Green (0-0-0, 0-0-0 SBC)
Mean Green Soccer Complex -Denton, Texas
Series History: North Texas leads 4-1-0
Last Meeting: L, 1-2 (10/6/2001) at ORU
Mean Green Kick Off 2011 Campaign With Showdown Against Oral Roberts
North Texas embarks on its 17th season of soccer, and attempts to post its 17th straight winning season, by hosting Oral Roberts at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. Nine starters return for the Mean Green squad that went 12-7-2 last season. North Texas is 16-0-0 in home openers and 11-5-0 in season openers.
Sophomore defender Kelsey Hodges and junior midfielder Ellen Scarfone were named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team by the league's 12 coaches. Hodges led North Texas with nine goals in 2010, including a hat trick in her first career game. Scarfone was a 2010 All-Sun Belt pick and returns after a seven goal, nine assist season in 2010.
Jackie Kerestine will take over the goalkeeper position, replacing Mandy Hall, who finished her North Texas career as the career leader in shutouts and saves. However, this is not the the first time Kerestine has replaced Hall--both attended Colleyville Heritage High School, where Hall was keeper from 2005-07, and Kerestine from 2009-11. Both were named first team selections on the Fort Worth Star Telegram Super Team as high school seniors, with Kerestine being named Player of the Year. Kerestine led Colleyville Heritage to 19 straight shutouts as a senior, which spanned from January to overtime of the state title game.
More On Kerestine
Jackie Kerestine is the tallest player in the Sun Belt Conference at 6-1. Kerestine is taller than every player on North Texas' women's basketball team, which makes her the third-tallest female athlete currently at North Texas, behind volleyball players Courtney Windham and Hallie McDonald.
All We Do Is Win, No Matter What
North Texas has never had a losing season in their 16 years as a program. Only North Carolina (29 seasons), William & Mary (29), Portland (25), Notre Dame (23), Stanford (23) and Penn State (17) have active streaks of more consecutive winning seasons entering this year.
In 2010, North Texas played 1960:54 of game time, but only trailed for 227:57, which is only 11.6 percent of North Texas' minutes' played.
Four More Years?
Over the four year span from 2007-10, North Texas finished tied with Marquette for 30th with 54 wins over those four seasons, according to research by CollegeSoccer360.com.
North Texas vs. Oral Roberts
North Texas leads the all-time series 4-1 against Oral Roberts, the last meeting a 2-1 overtime loss at Oral Roberts in 2001. North Texas has won both meetings in Denton, by scores of 3-0 in 1995 and 3-1 in 2000.
North Texas vs. The Summit League
North Texas is 4-1-0 against members of The Summit League (formely Mid-Continent Conference). North Texas beat Eastern Illinois (now Ohio Valley) as a member of the Mid-Con in 1995, and Valparaiso (now Horizon League) in 2000, in addition to a 2-1 record against Oral Roberts after the Golden Eagles joined the league in 1997.
North Texas In Openers
North Texas is 11-5-0 in season openers and is a perfect 16-0-0 in home openers. North Texas has given up only eight goals in home openers, outscoirng opponents 3.94 to 0.50 per game. North Texas has won eight of its last nine season openers, and five straight. The Mean Green have played eight games that were season openers and home openers, obviously attaining a 8-0-0 record.
Home Is Where The Wins Are
Since the 2000 season, the Mean Green has been nearly perfect in defending its home turf. North Texas is riding an nine game Sun Belt winning streak at the Mean Green Soccer Complex, and is 13-1 in their last 13 home conference games. North Texas is currently 11-1-1 in their last 13 games at home. During the past 10 plus seasons the Mean Green has made its way into the NCAA record books at home. The Mean Green went unbeaten for 24 straight games from Oct. 3, 1999 until Oct. 11, 2002. That streak is the 12th longest in NCAA history. Two years later a new one started on Oct. 3, 2004 and didn't end until Oct. 22, 2007. It covered 23 straight games and is the 13th longest home unbeaten streak in NCAA history. North Texas is one of just three schools (also: North Carolina, 5 times, and Notre Dame, 4 times) in the nation to have two unbeaten streaks at home of 23 games or more in NCAA history.
North Texas vs. the Top 25
North Texas' last victory against a ranked team was against #20 Denver, on 10/10/2003 when North Texas won 3-2 in overtime. Overall, North Texas is 3-12 against the Top 25.
Rank and File
North Texas spent seven weeks in 2010 regionally ranked in the South Region of the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Poll. As a regionally ranked team, North Texas was 7-3-1.