DENTON, Texas (8/30/12) - North Texas soccer will look to tie its best start to a season in school history this weekend with a home game against Texas Southern and a road matchup with Grambling State.
With a win over both teams, the Mean Green will be 6-0-0 to start a season for the first time since the program's inception in 1995. North Texas has won all four games by one goal in 2012, including two double-overtime wins on the road.
Texas Southern has lost all three games it has played this season, while Grambling State lost the only game it has played this season - a 1-0 defeat to the ULM Warhawks.
Junior defender Kelsey Hodges leads North Texas with three goals and six points, while senior forward Michelle Young follows her with one goal and two assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine, who was named Sun Belt Defender of the Week on Monday, hasn't allowed two goals in a game in her last 16 appearances dating back to last season. The last game in which she surrendered multiple goals was in a 4-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton on September 18, 2011.
North Texas is unbeaten in its last 15 home games, which dates back nearly two years. The Mean Green extended the streak with a 2-1 win over the Houston Cougars on Sunday, August 26. Young tallied her first goal of the season in the 82nd minute to give North Texas a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
After this weekend, the Mean Green will face teams that are either ranked or on the verge of picking up national votes. North Texas will play its next two home games against Baylor and TCU, while the next two contests away from home are against No. 3 Oklahoma State, and No. 11 Long Beach State.
North Texas and Texas Southern will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 31. If you are interested in having a student (3rd-8th grade) be a ball kid at a Mean Green soccer game, please fill out this form. Each ball kid will receive a free Mean Green soccer t-shirt.