Mean Green Gearing Up For In-State Showdowns

DENTON, Texas (9/3/09) – With two 1-0 wins under their belt the North Texas soccer team now turns their attention towards a couple in-state foes, beginning with a cross-town showdown against the SMU Mustangs Friday evening at Westcott Field.

North Texas has struggled in the past against SMU, going 3-7-2 including a 3-0 loss in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The last time the two teams met was in 2007 when the Mustangs won eked out a 2-1 win in Dallas.

SMU is 0-2 so far this season, their last loss being a 4-0 defeat at Oklahoma State. They also dropped the season opener at Oral Roberts 1-0.

The Mean Green will hope to open things up offensively after scoring only two goals total against Sam Houston State and New Mexico State. North Texas was able to rely on their defense last week, limiting the two teams to only 14 combined shots.

Junior goalkeeper Mandy Hall was a big reason why North Texas came away with two wins, totaling 12 saves in the shutouts. Afterwards she was named to the Team of the Week as the top collegiate women’s goalkeeper in the nation for that week.

There could potentially be a historical opportunity this Sunday at home against Texas Tech for North Texas head coach John Hedlund. Hedlund, the only coach in North Texas women’s soccer history, is two wins away from reaching 200 for his career. 

North Texas is 3-2-1 all-time against the Red Raiders. Texas Tech (2-1) will play at TCU on Friday before coming to North Texas Sunday. Redshirt freshman midfielder comes into this weekend leading the Red Raiders with four goals on only 11 shots.

Friday’s game against SMU will begin at 8 p.m. You can follow the contest through live stats by clicking HERE. Live stats will also be available for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game versus Texas Tech on

Click here for SMU/Texas Tech Game Notes



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