DENTON, Texas (9/5/12) - North Texas soccer is off to one of its best starts ever, but begins one of its toughest stretches of games in school history this Friday at home against the Baylor Bears.
A 16-game home unbeaten streak is also on the line, with the last loss coming against SMU nearly two years ago.
"We have always taken great pride at playing at home in front of all of our fans," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "That's probably why our winning percentage at home is way up there. For us, it's about protecting our house, putting on a show for our fans and try to go undefeated at home each year."
Baylor, who has received votes in the NSCAA national rankings, has picked up shutouts in four of its six games this season, and has allowed just three goals total. A 2-1 overtime loss to Long Beach State on the road has been the only defeat for the Bears.
The Mean Green is scheduled to play back-to-back ranked teams for the first time in school history. North Texas faces off against No. 16 Long Beach State on Sunday before traveling to Stillwater, Okla., next Friday to take on No. 3 Oklahoma State.
North Texas (5-0-0) hasn't lost to Baylor (5-1-0) in Denton since 1997, winning each of the last two meetings by 2-1 scores. Baylor won last season's matchup 2-0 in Waco, ending North Texas' unbeaten streak of six games.
Baylor was also projected before the season to finish in third place in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma State and West Virginia.
In the 2009 Baylor-North Texas clash, then-freshman Michelle Young scored both goals en route to a 2-1 victory. Now a senior, Young also has a chance to extend her current three-game point streak, her longest such streak since 2010 when she went six games with at least a goal or an assist.
North Texas and Baylor will get things underway this Friday at 7 p.m.