Undefeated Soccer Hosts Rival SMU, at Houston
Undefeated North Texas looks to continue their unbeaten start with its toughest opponents so far, SMU and Houston. Friday night's contest against SMU, sees North Texas take on its first regionally-ranked foe this season, as SMU is ranked 8th in the C
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Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 - 7 p.m.
SMU Mustangs (3-1-0, 0-0-0 C-USA) at
North Texas Mean Green (2-0-1, 0-0-0 SBC)
Mean Green Soccer Complex (1,000) - Denton, Texas
Series History: SMU leads 9-3-2
Last Meeting: L, 3-2 (2ot) (9/17/2010) at NT
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 - 1 p.m.
North Texas Mean Green at
Houston Cougars (0-3-0, 0-0-0 C-USA)
Robertson Stadium (32,000) - Houston, Texas
Series History: NT leads 6-1-1
Last Meeting: W, 2-1 (ot) (8/31/2006) at NT
North Texas Looks To Continue Unbeaten Start Against SMU And Houston
Undefeated North Texas looks to continue their unbeaten start with its toughest opponents so far, SMU and Houston. Friday night's contest against SMU, sees North Texas take on its first regionally-ranked foe this season, as SMU is ranked 8th in the Central. The Metroplex rivals have played their last four games to either draws or one-goal games, but SMU is 3-0-1 in that span, including last season's contest at North Texas, which broke the all-time attendance record. North Texas takes on Houston on Sunday, who finished 3rd in C-USA one year ago. Houston's 0-3-0 record reflects their strength of schedule so far, with losses to Texas, Duke and North Carolina, all of whom are regionally-ranked.
Michelle Young had a four goal, three assist weekend against Texas Southern and Grambling. She scored her first career hat trick at Texas Southern on Aug. 26, becoming the first North Texas player to have one since Aug. 27, 2010, and was the first of two straight hat tricks for the Mean Green. On Aug. 28, her three assists against Grambling made her the first NT player since Kendall Juett on Oct. 13, 2006 to have three or more assists in a game.
Ramblin' About Grambling
North Texas had its biggest win in 11 years with an 11-0 victory over Grambling on Aug. 28. The 11 goals scored by North Texas are the most the Mean Green have scored in a single game since Oct. 8, 2000, when it beat Arkansas State 11-0, and tied for the third-most in program history. The game shatters the record for goals scored at the Mean Green Soccer Complex, which was 8, set most recently in 2010. Nikki Crocco scored a hat trick for the Mean Green, which with Michelle Young's hat trick on Aug. 26, marks the first time that North Texas has had hat tricks in back-to-back games since 2005, when Heather Hutyra scored hat tricks against SMU then Grambling.
Moment For Life
Senior Nikki Crocco had the game of her colliegate career on Aug. 28, scoring her first career hat trick and becoming only the 10th player at North Texas to make a penalty kick. Crocco had only scored three goals in her career at North Texas, and only three more at Arkansas before transferring. The Southlake native is on track to have a career year, having matched her career high with three goals, and is one off her career best with two assists, both coming against Texas Southern.
From the Back, Alli
Sophomore Allison Guderian scored on a 40-yard rocket in the 10th minute against Oral Roberts on August 21, which was her first career goal, and first for a North Texas defender since Aug. 20, 2010 when Shannon Gorrie scored against Texas Southern.
North Texas vs. SMU - Metroplex Derby
The Mean Green have a heated area derby with the Mustangs, with a series that is much more competitive than the 9-3-2 record suggests. Every game since 2006 has been decided by a single goal, including a scoreless draw in 2006, but the Mustangs have gone 3-0-1 in that span, building their lead from 6-3-1. The Mustangs and Mean Green met in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, with the Mustangs avenging an earlier loss that season with a 3-0 win. North Texas set its home attendance record with 1,246 spectators for last season's contest against SMU. SMU is ranked 8th in the Central Region.
North Texas vs. Houston
North Texas has a 6-1-1 record against the Cougars, including a 2-1 overtime win on 8/31/2006, which opened the Mean Green Soccer Complex. In addition to their soccer team opening Mean Green Soccer Complex, five years ago, Houston's football team will open North Texas' Apogee Stadium on Sept. 10. North Texas soccer has only droppeda 4-1 decision to the Cougars in 2002. In a crazy game during the 2000 season, North Texas beat Houston 5-4, in what is the most goals allowed for North Texas in a draw or win.
North Texas vs. Conference USA
North Texas has a winning record against C-USA, going 9-6-2 against the league, with a majority of the games coming against Houston & SMU. North Texas is 1-4-1 against SMU as a member of C-USA, and all of North Texas' games against Houston have been while they were in C-USA. North Texas has never played a current member of C-USA's East Division.
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.
Freshman goalkeeper 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.
Jackie Kerestine has been the starter at 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 helped replace 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.
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.