Soccer: Faces Texas Tech, Lamar In Red Raider Classic

On Tap
North Texas travels to Lubbock to participate in the Red Raider Classic. The Mean Green take on the host Texas Tech Red Raiders on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Red Raiders are recieving votes nationally and are ranked fourth in the Central region according to the most recent NSCAA poll. North Texas takes on Lamar at 11 a.m. Sunday morning to wrap up the Red Raider Classic. In two previous meetings against the Cardinals, North Texas has outscored Lamar by a combined total of 10-0.

League Leaders

Freshman Kelsey Hodges and Junior Julie Lackey take up the first two spots on the Sun Belt’s scoring charts. Hodges leads the league with 6 goals in six games powered by two hat tricks in her first three games. Julie Lackey is currently tied with FIU’s Chelsea Leiva for second on the scoring list.

Sophomore Ellen Scarfone leads the Sun Belt with 5 assists in six games, and Senior goalkeeper Mandy Hall leads all Sun Belt goalkeepers with a GAA of 0.46

Stone Wall Mandy Hall

Mandy Hall has already placed her name among the best goalkeepers in North Texas history. Hall sits first in career shutouts (19), ranks second in career goals against average (1.08) and places fifth in career saves with 197.

Livestrong Game vs. SMU

When North Texas hosts the 2010 Livestrong game on Sept. 17 as they take on the SMU Mustangs. Donations will be accepted and special shirts will be available for purchase.
Texas Tech Series History
Last season, the Mean Green won a 2-1 overtime decision against Tech in Denton. The Mean Green lead the series 4-2-1, although they have lost both of their games in Lubbock, most recently a 3-0 loss on 9/18/1999. North Texas is even all time against the Big 12, with a 15-15-2 mark against the league.

Lamar Series History
North Texas has shut out Lamar in both of the clubs’ previous meetings. North Texas won a 2-0 decision in Denton in 2008, and won a 8-0 contest on a neutral field in 2007.

We Must Protect This House
Since the 2000 season, the Mean Green has been nearly perfect in defending its home turf. Currently, North Texas is riding a six game home unbeaten streak (5-0-1). 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 in the nation to have two unbeaten streaks at home of 23 games or more in NCAA history.

Fountain of Youth
The 2010 starting line-up for Mean Green soccer features four underclassmen and only one senior.

Queen of the Shutout
Mandy Hall topped the Sun Belt Conference’s shutout list in 2009 with nine blankings. The Colleyville native recorded three consecutive gooseggs versus UL Lafayette, ULM and at Florida Atlantic in mid-season, opened the year with consecutive shutouts of Sam Houston State and New Mexico State, and posted back-to-back clean sheets at Arkansas State and in a scoreless tie against Middle Tennessee.

Young named All-Sun Belt
Sophomore forward Michelle Young returns to action following a second-team All-Sun Belt campaign as a freshman. Young was one of just four freshmen to be honored by the league’s coaches in 2009. The Mesquite native’s honors were well-deserved, as she led North Texas with nine goals, 19 points and four game-winners last season.

Iron Women
Three returning North Texas players have seen the field in every single contest since they arrived on campus. Junior Kelsey Perlman (45 games/44 starts), sophomore Michelle Young (25 games/24 starts) and sophomore Ellen Scarfone (25 games/24 starts) have never missed a game in their respective careers.

Tops in the League
In 2009, North Texas led the Sun Belt in shots per game and goals against average. The Mean Green lead both of these categories again in 2010 as well as goals, goals per game, points and assists.

Shots Per Game (2010)
1. NORTH TEXAS    21.2
2. Florida International    14.8
3. Middle Tennessee    17.2

Goals (2010)
1. NORTH TEXAS    19
2. Troy            11
3. Denver        10


North Texas 1, New Mexico 1 (2OT)

 DENTON, Texas- Michelle Young scored her second goal of the season to give North Texas (4-1-1) a 1-1 double-overtime draw against the New Mexico Lobos (4-0-2) at the North Texas Soccer Field on Sunday. North Texas is now unbeaten in their last seven games at home (6-0-1) dating back to the 2009 season.

Rachel Fields started the scoring for the Lobos, who are receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA/adidas poll, when she knocked in a cross from Jennifer Williams in the 7th minute of the game. The goal was Fields’ third of the season.

Michelle Young equalized for the Mean Green in the 15th minute, as she volleyed a deflection off the goalkeeper into the net. The goal was Young’s second of the season.

Mandy Hall received the start in net for North Texas, and she remains undefeated on the season at 3-0-1. Hall made four saves and her Goals Against Average for the season remains a miniscule 0.46.

North Texas makes a two-game road trip to Lubbock starting on Friday, September 10th as they take on Texas Tech at 7 p.m., before facing Lamar on Sunday, September 12th. The Mean Green return to the North Texas Soccer Field on Friday, September 17 to take on the SMU Mustangs at 7 p.m.



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