Week 4 Game Notes
McNeese State Soccer Notes
(ORV) North Texas vs. McNeese State (5-1-0)
Friday, Sept. 13 • 7 p.m.
(ORV) North Texas at Oklahoma (2-4-0)
Sunday, Sept. 15 • 12 p.m.
Fox Sports Southwest
DENTON, Texas – Fresh off a 2-0 shutout of rival TCU prompted a move up the regional rankings, the North Texas soccer team will have its hands full against McNeese State and Oklahoma this weekend.
McNeese State enters Friday’s match in Denton with a 5-1 record that includes a 4-2 romp over NT’s new conference-mate Louisiana Tech. The game will pit two of the nation’s top scoring offenses together, as the Cowgirls rank eighth (3.5 goals per game) and NT 19th (3.0). NT holds a 2-0 all-time record over McNeese State, although the last meeting was in 1997.
North Texas returns to the airwaves of Fox Sports Southwest on Sunday at Oklahoma to attempts to move to 2-0 this year against Big 12 squads. The Sooner carry a deceiving 2-4 record since the losses have come at the hands of (ORV) Tennessee, (ORV) Oklahoma State, No. 9 Florida and No. 4 Florida State. NT is 4-1-1 against OU, including a 3-2 overtime win in Denton in 2008.
NT head coach John Hedlund has preached for weeks that his squad is capable of making the NSCAA Top-25 poll. After giving No. 7 Wake Forest a double-overtime scare and (RV) Virginia Tech a solid game, Hedlund & Co. took another step toward that goal by downing Big 12 rival TCU, 2-0. North Texas is listed among “Others Receiving Votes” for a second straight week.
Haley Riley, this week’s C-USA Defensive Player of the Week, was thrust into the starting role after an injury to star goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine last weekend, and the sophomore responded with back-to-back shutouts, including a five-save clean slate at TCU. Riley posted nine saves in the weekend’s two games, which san NT out-score its competition by a score of 5-0. Riley now has a 3-0 record and a 0.37 goals against average this year.
Since the Mean Green Soccer Complex opened in 2006 North Texas is a gaudy 59-8-5 (85.4 percent) at home.