Unbeaten Soccer Hosts SHSU, Travels To Baylor
The 10th ranked team in the South Region, North Texas, continues its unbeaten start with games this week against in-state foes Sam Houston and Baylor. The Mean Green are unbeaten through five games for only the second time in school history and first
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Unbeaten Mean Green Host Sam Houston, Travel To Baylor
The 10th ranked team in the South Region, North Texas, continues its unbeaten start with games this week against in-state foes Sam Houston and Baylor. The Mean Green are unbeaten through five games for only the second time in school history and first since 2007. With a result against Sam Houston, North Texas will match the longest unbeaten streak to start a season in school history, a 6-0-0 start in 2007. North Texas are the only undefeated soccer team left in the state of Texas and in the Sun Belt Conference. North Texas seeks revenge for a 1-0 double-overtime loss last season in a downpour at Sam Houston's Pritchett Field against SHSU on Friday, and looks to defeat the No. 9 team in the Central Region, Baylor, one week after defeating then-No. 8 in the Central, SMU.
Rank and File
North Texas entered the NSCAA Regional Polls for the first time this season this week with the 10th spot in the South Region. North Texas is only one of two Sun Belt teams ranked in the South Region, the rest compete in the SEC. North Texas took down then-8th ranked team in the Central Region, SMU on Sept. 2, with a 2-1 win. Baylor is ranked 9th in the Central Region this week.
2011 NT vs. Regionally Ranked Teams
Date Opponent Result
9/2/11 #8-C SMU W, 2-1
9/11/11 #9-C Baylor
Crocco Named Sun Belt Player of the Week
Senior Nikki Crocco was named Sun Belt Player of the Week on Sept. 6 for her outstanding performance against SMU. Crocco scored both of North Texas' goals against the 8th-ranked team in the Central Region, SMU, as the Mean Green beat their rivals 2-1, for their first win over SMU since 2005. Crocco headed in a free kick in the 53rd minute to give North Texas its first lead, then stole the ball from the SMU keeper with 3:07 remaining and coolly put it away to break the 1-1 tie and give North Texas the victory. It was the first game winner in the last ten minutes of regulation for NT since 2009. This came one game after scoring her first career hat trick on Aug. 28. Crocco had only scored three goals in her career at North Texas before the two-game surge, and only three more at Arkansas before transferring. The Southlake native is having a career year, already setting a career-high with five goals and is one off her career best with two assists, both coming against Texas Southern.
No Horsing Around!
North Texas had an emotional 2-1 win over SMU on Sept. 2, marking the first time North Texas soccer had beaten SMU since 2005, and the first time any North Texas team had beaten SMU in a team sport since football beat the Mustangs 24-6 on Sept. 9, 2006.
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.
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.
North Texas vs. Sam Houston
North Texas leads the all-time series against Sam Houston three games to one, although Sam Houston picked up a 1-0 double overtime win with a torrential downpour in Huntsville, just two minutes away from a scoreless draw. Three of the four matchups have been 1-0 games, with North Texas taking two of those contests, in 2004 and 2009. North Texas won the 2005 contest 6-1 in Denton.
North Texas vs. Baylor
North Texas looks to even the all-time series with Baylor, which is currently at a 4-3 Baylor lead. North Texas is on a three-game winning streak in the Baylor series, including a 2-1 win on Sept. 11, 2009, exactly two years before this game--that win was the 200th of North Texas head coach John Hedlund's career. Five of the seven games have been decided by a single goal, and the other two have been 2-0 decisions, with Baylor and North Texas each taking one, making this one of North Texas' closest series.
North Texas vs. the Southland
North Texas is 30-3-0 against the Southland, having historically dominated that conference, including a 3-0 victory over Lamar in its last meeting with the Southland. North Texas has won eight games against both Texas State and Stephen F. Austin.
North Texas vs. Big 12
North Texas is 15-15-1 against the Big 12, with its most recent decision coming as a 1-0 loss to Texas Tech last season. In fact, North Texas has a .500 record against Power Six schools, with a 20-20-1 record. Of the Big 12 schools, North Texas has had the most success against Oklahoma (4-1-0) and Oklahoma State (2-0-0).
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.
Jackie Kerestine has taken over 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 13-1-2 in their last 16 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.
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.
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.