Soccer Tries To Keep Hot Start In New Mexico

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Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 - 5 p.m. - Nike Classic
UC Riverside Highlanders (3-4-1, 0-0-0 Big West) vs.
North Texas Mean Green (5-1-1, 0-0-0 SBC)
UNM Soccer Complex (5,000) - Albuquerque, N.M.
Series History: First Meeting

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 - 11:30 a.m. - Nike Classic
Cal State Fullerton Titans (2-4-1, 0-0-0 Big West) vs.
North Texas Mean Green
UNM Soccer Complex (5,000) - Albuquerque, N.M.
Series History: Series Tied 2-2-0
Last Meeting: W, 2-1 (9/11/2009) at NT

Mean Green Takes On Riverside, Fullerton
North Texas, who tied the school mark for the longest unbeaten streak to start a season last Friday against Sam Houston, take on UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton in the Nike Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. The Mean Green started the season 5-0-1, matching the six game unbeaten start from 2007, before falling to regionally-ranked Big 12 opponent Baylor on Sunday. This marks the seventh time in program history that North Texas has a single loss through seven games, and with two results would mark the first time in school history that North Texas completed the non-conference schedule with just one loss. North Texas' best non-conference winning percentage was in 1998, when the Mean Green went 8-2 (.800) out of league. North Texas would beat that mark with two wins this weekend.

Rank and File
North Texas entered the NSCAA Regional Polls for the first time this season on Sept. 5 with the 10th spot in the South Region. North Texas took down then-8th ranked team in the Central Region, SMU on Sept. 2, with a 2-1 win. Baylor, who was ranked 9th in the Central Region, knocked North Texas out of the regional rankings after Baylor won 2-0 at Baylor on Sept. 11.

2011 NT vs. Regionally Ranked Teams
Date Opponent Result
9/2/11 #8-C SMU W, 2-1
9/11/11 #9-C Baylor L, 0-2

Moment For Life
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.

Tall Tale
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. UC Riverside
North Texas has not faced UC Riverside, who started their program in 2001. John Hedlund has coached against UCR boss Veronica O'Brien, who was head coach at UTEP in 1996. Hedlund's Mean Green beat O'Brien's Miners 2-1 in Denton on Nov. 1, 1996.

North Texas vs. Cal State Fullerton
North Texas and Cal State Fullerton are tied in the all-time series at 2-2-0, meeting four times during North Texas' tenure in the Big West. Cal State Fullerton won the contests in 1996 and 1997, before North Texas took the next two matchups in 1998 and 1999, before the series went on hiatus.

North Texas and the Big West
North Texas is 17-11-3 against the Big West, with all but one of those games coming in conference competition, when North Texas was in the league from 1996-99. North Texas' only game against the Big West since was a 2007 loss against Long Beach State. North Texas' best year in the Big West was in 1998, when the Mean Green went 7-1-1, and just narrowly missed out on sharing the conference crown with 8-1 Cal Poly.

Preseason Picks
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.

Goalkeeper Heritage
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 unbeaten in its last nine and is 14-1-2 in their last 17 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.

Forever Young
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.

North Texas vs. the Top 25
North Texas' last victory against a ranked team was against #20 Denver, on 10/10/2003 when North Texas won 3-2 in overtime. Overall, North Texas is 3-12 against the Top 25.

North Texas vs. Ranked Teams
Date Opponent Result
10/4/96 #13 BYU L, 3-4 (ot)
9/5/97 at #16 SMU L, 0-1
9/18/98 at #24 SMU W, 2-1 (ot)
9/1/00 vs. #9 SMU W, 3-2 (ot)
9/15/00 at #13Texas A&M L, 3-4
10/4/02 at #22 Denver L,1-6
11/9/02 vs. #13 Denver L, 0-3
9/28/03 at #2 Notre Dame L, 1-8
10/10/03 #21 Denver W, 3-2 (2ot)
9/24/04 #21 SMU L, 0-3
10/29/04 at #9 Texas A&M L, 2-8
11/12/04 at #12 Texas L, 0-3
9/10/06 vs #22 USC L, 0-2
9/18/09 at #25 Ohio State L, 0-2
10/29/10 at #22 Denver L, 0-1




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