DENTON, Texas (9/4/08) This past Tuesday at the Media Day Luncheon, one couldn’t help but notice the big grin on the face of Mean Green head soccer coach John Hedlund.
There is plenty to smile about recently after North Texas won their first two games of the season last weekend against Louisiana Tech and Xavier, 2-1 and 1-0 respectively. Junior midfielder Kendall Juett has made her mark early by scoring the game-winning goal against Louisiana Tech and dishing out the game-winning assist against Xavier.
The Mean Green will look to continue the positive vibes this weekend at home, beginning with a showdown against the Oklahoma Sooners at 7 p.m. on Friday.
“It feels good to start out the season 2-0," Hedlund said. "The team is excited about playing this weekend, especially in front of our home crowd. OU and UTSA are very good teams but I know my players will be up for the challenge. ”
Oklahoma (1-2) is coming off a come from behind 2-1 victory against Ball State, the two-time defending Mid American Conference Champions. Sophomore forward Whitney Palmer leads the Sooners with four points and two goals on six shots in her three games. Historically the Mean Green holds a 3-1 advantage in the win column over Oklahoma, the one loss coming last season in a 1-0 defeat at Norman.
Then on Sunday North Texas will go up against UT-San Antonio at 1 p.m., marking the first time in school history that the two teams will meet. The Roadrunners (2-2) travel to Austin to play the University of Texas Friday night before coming to North Texas on Sunday. Thus far Veronica Najera leads the team with six points and two goals on 15 shots.
Through the first two games, the Mean Green have outshot their opponents 31-6, yet have only three goals to show for it. Hedlund, however, believes that as time goes on the team will begin to gel offensively and that the goals will start coming.
“The fact that we’re getting several opportunities in front of the opposing team's goal is a good sign, eventually all those shots will become goals," he said. “We just need to continue to apply pressure each game.”
In other game notes, on Friday the team will hold an autograph session after the game and sign posters that will be distributed. The game will also be tape delayed by NTTV and shown Saturday at 12 p.m. on Charter 22 and Verizon 46. On Sunday North Texas will be celebrating U.S. Youth Soccer Month.