North Texas Soccer Picked As SBC Preseason Favorite

DENTON (8/23/2005) The North Texas women’s soccer team, coming off the 2004 Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament championship, was tabbed as the 2005 preseason favorite by the league’s head coaches.  The Mean Green received five of a possible 10 first place votes and topped the poll with 92 points.


North Texas finished ahead of Denver, who received three first place votes, while Middle Tennessee picked up the remaining two first place votes and was picked third.


North Texas sophomore forward Heather Hutyra, who was the 2004 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, was a preseason All-Sun Belt forward. Hutyra had six goals and 17 points last season.


Denver forward Lleane Grimditch was named the league preseason player of the year. The junior recorded 17 points in 2004 and had three game-winning goals.


Joining Grimditch on the preseason All-Sun Belt team, also voted on by the league coaches, were midfielders Jenna Billingsley and Laura Mann.


Rounding out the team included Middle Tennessee midfielder Claire Ward and defensemen Katy Rayburn and Sara Wohlhueter. FIU's Yaneash Donaldson was also named as a defensemen, along with Western Kentucky's Jenny Dalby. Arkansas-Little Rock senior Marsha Stewart was selected as the goalkeeper.


North Texas opens the 2005 season on Friday, August 26 with a match against Eastern Illinois in El Paso before facing UTEP the following day.

North Texas, the defending Sun Belt Champions, return seven starters and 11 letterwinners from a team that won a school-record 16 games last year.




TEAM                                       Points

1.  North Texas (5)                    92

2.  Denver (3)                             89

3.  Middle Tennessee (2)            87

4.  Florida International               64        

5.  Western Kentucky                56

6.  South Alabama                     51

7.  Louisiana-Lafayette               42

8.  Arkansas State                     31

9.  Arkansas-Little Rock             20

10. Troy                                    18




F          Lleane Grimditch            Denver                          Jr.

F          Heather Hutyra            North Texas                 So.

F          Janessa Taddei              FIU                               Sr.

MF       Jenna Billingsley            Denver                          So.

MF       Laura Mann                   Denver                          Jr.

MF       Claire Ward                   Middle Tennessee          Sr.

D          Jenny Dalby                  Western Kentucky         Sr.

D          Yaneash Donaldson       FIU                               Sr.

D          Katy Rayburn                Middle Tennessee          Jr.

D          Sara Wohlhueter            Middle Tennessee          Jr.

GK       Marsha Stewart             UALR                            Sr.


PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lleane Grimditch, Denver




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