Soccer Hosts Sam Houston St., New Mexico St. To Open Season

DENTON, Texas (8/27/09) - The North Texas soccer team begins a new era this Friday when they kickoff the 2009 season by hosting Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. at the North Texas Soccer Field.

"We're ready to get the season started this weekend and its even more special to have our first two games being played at home in front of our fans," North Texas head coach John Hedlund said. "Both teams coming in will present a challenge, especially with us starting five freshmen, but I'm excited about all the talent on my roster and can't wait to get things started."

If history has anything to say North Texas is in good shape for this weekend. The Mean Green is a perfect 14-0 in home openers and has outscored their opponents 54-8 in those contests.

Sam Houston St. is coming off a 3-0 loss at Oklahoma this past weekend. North Texas is 2-0 all-time against the Bearkats, the last of which was a 6-1 victory in 2005.

Beginning their 15th season, the Mean Green has won 15 games or more six straight years and has reached the conference championship game in seven of the past eight seasons, the one exception being last year when they were knocked out of the tournament in the semi-finals by Western Kentucky.

The Mean Green played an exhibition two weeks ago against TCU in which they lost 1-0. They followed that up with their annual alumni game last weekend.

Following Friday's game against the Bearkats, North Texas will host New Mexico State Sunday at 1 p.m. The Aggies, who are playing their first season of soccer, have dropped two overtime games to UTEP and Idaho State respectively.

Tickets for both games this weekend will be $5 for adults and $2 for children. Students are admitted free with their North Texas ID. Vouchers will be handed out at Friday's game for $1 off popcorn on Sunday.

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