North Texas takes on the 8th ranked team in the Central Region, as they host the SMU Mustangs at the Mean Green Soccer Field in the Livestrong Game. North Texas will break out special yellow jerseys in support of Livestrong and the fight against cancer. The Mean Green are now on a six game home unbeaten streak, and won their last outing, a 3-0 victory over Lamar in Lubbock.League Leaders
North Texas has three players leading the Sun Belt Conference and ranking in the Top 15 nationally in three different major statistical categories.
Freshman Kelsey Hodges and Junior Julie Lackey take up the first two spots on the Sun Belt’s scoring charts. Hodges leads the league, and is 11th in the nation with 6 goals in eight games.
Sophomore Ellen Scarfone leads the Sun Belt, and ranks 8th in the nation, with 5 assists in eight games.
Senior goalkeeper Mandy Hall leads all Sun Belt goalkeepers, and ranks 12th in the nation with a GAA of 0.34Stone Wall Mandy Hall
Mandy Hall has already placed her name among the best goalkeepers in North Texas history. Hall sits first in career shutouts (20), ranks second in career goals against average (0.97) and places second in career saves with 206.
For more information on Mandy Hall, please see page 7 of the game notes.SMU Series History
Last season, SMU edged North Texas 1-0 at Westcott Field in Dallas. The Mustangs have a 8-3-2 lead in the series, which includes a 3-0 victory in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The Mean Green played SMU to a scoreless draw in the sides’ last meeting in Denton, on 9/3/2006.All We Do Is Win
North Texas has never had a losing season in their 15 years as a program, making the Mean Green one of the most consistent programs in the nation. In fact, North Carolina (28 seasons), William & Mary (28), Portland (24), Notre Dame (22), Stanford (22) and Penn State (16) have active streaks of more consecutive winning seasons.Four More Years?
Over the past four years (current through 9/8/2010), North Texas is tied with three other schools for 24th with 46 wins over those four seasons, according to research by CollegeSoccer360.com. North Texas has more wins over the four year period than tradional powers Georgetown (44), Texas (42), and Missouri (42).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. Honor Roll
Kelsey Perlman was named Offensive MVP of the Red Raider Classic for her two-goal performance in Lubbock from 9/10-9/12. Michelle Young also recieved all-tournament honors in Lubbock.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 (47 games/46 starts), sophomore Michelle Young (27 games/26 starts) and sophomore Ellen Scarfone (27 games/26 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 18.38
2. Middle Tennessee 15.29
3. Louisiana-Lafayette 13.25
1. North Texas 22
2. Denver 15
3. Troy 14LAST TIME OUT
North Texas 3, Lamar 0
LUBBOCK, Texas- North Texas (5-2-1) closed out the Red Raider Classic with a 3-0 win over Lamar (2-4). Kelsey Perlman collected her first two goals of the season to give the Mean Green the win.
“I thought overall we played well this weekend,” said North Texas Head Coach John Hedlund. “We showed our depth and it was a total team effort. We’re all now excited about the big showdown against SMU next Friday at home, hopefully we’ll have a huge crowd.”
Kelsey Perlman knocked in a rebound in the 29th minute with her first goal of the season. Perlman doubled her total in the 39th minute when she scored on a breakaway.
Michelle Young added her third goal of the season in the 60th minute on a through ball from Nikki Crocco, who earned her first assist of the season.
Mandy Hall got the start in net and recorded her third shutout of the year in net. Hall’s Goals Against Average fell to 0.34.
Mean Green out-shot Lamar 11 to two. North Texas had six corner kicks to Lamar’s two.