The 10th-ranked team in the South region opens their home Sun Belt slate with games against ULM and Louisiana-Lafayette at the Mean Green Soccer Field. North Texas will look to take advantage of playing on its home field, where it has won six of its last eight contests at home (6-1-1), dating back to last season. North Texas has a huge advantage in both of the all-time series, leading ULM 3-1 and Lousiana-Lafayette 13-0.
Rank and File
North Texas is ranked 10th in the South Region of the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Poll for the second consecutive week.
Entering these games, North Texas has played 1040:51 of game time this season, but has trailed for 56:31, which is only 5.4% of North Texas’ minutes’ played.
Game Time Change
North Texas’ October 15th home game against FIU is now scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The game was moved from its orginial 7 p.m. start time to accomodate North Texas’ homecoming bonfire.
The contest against SMU saw North Texas welcome a record number of fans, with 1,246 fans passing through the turnstiles to see the 3-2 overtime contest in Denton. North Texas soccer was putting on a benefit for Livestrong that night, and wore special yellow jerseys, sold shirts and took donations that benefited Livestrong. The previous high for a North Texas home game was 1,173, set on 9/5/2008 vs. Oklahoma.
ULM Series History
North Texas has won three of four contests against ULM, and has dominated the Warhawks offensively. The Mean Green average 4.25 goals against ULM, and have scored four goals or more against the Warhawks three of the four meetings.
Louisiana-Lafayette Series History
North Texas has dominated the series with the Ragin’ Cajuns, winning all 13 contests. North Texas has allowed only one goal to Louisiana-Lafayette in a conference game since 2004, although they did concede Ragin’ Cajun goals in the Sun Belt Tournament in that span. Overall, North Texas has outscored ULL 37-8 and an average of 2.85-0.62 per game.
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 9/28/2010), North Texas is tied with five other schools for 30th with 47 wins over those four seasons, according to research by CollegeSoccer360.com.
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 (20) and saves (228), and ranks second in career goals against average (1.02).
For more information on Mandy Hall, please see page 7 of the game notes.
We Must Protect This House
Since the 2000 season, the Mean Green has been nearly perfect in defending its home turf. 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.
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.
Three returning North Texas players have seen the field in every single contest since they arrived on campus. Junior Kelsey Perlman (50 games/49 starts), sophomore Michelle Young (30 games/29 starts) and sophomore Ellen Scarfone (30 games/29 starts) have never missed a game in their respective careers.
Gunnin' For That No. 1 Spot
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 16.91
2. Denver 14.30
3. Middle Tennessee 13.73
1. North Texas 25
2. Troy 23
3. Denver 22
Western Kentucky 1, North Texas 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Mandy Hall made five saves and set the North Texas career saves record as Western Kentucky (3-3-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) tripped up North Texas (5-4-1, 0-1 Sun Belt) 1-0 in both teams’ Sun Belt opener. Christen Sims scored in the 61st minute for the Hilltoppers.
Mandy Hall now has 218 career saves, moving past Kandice Ellis’ previous mark of 216. Hall is now the North Texas career leader for saves and shutouts (20).
North Texas outshot Western Kentucky 20-16. North Texas had four corner kicks to WKU’s one.
Middle Tennessee 2, North Texas 1 (2OT)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- Kelsey Perlman scored her third goal of the season, but North Texas (5-5-1, 0-2 Sun Belt) fell to Middle Tennessee (4-7, 1-1 Sun Belt) in 2-1 double overtime.
Perlman scored her third goal in four games in the 52nd minute, to give North Texas a 1-0 lead. Moments later, North Texas went up a player on a red card to Middle Tennessee’s Shan Jones.
Middle Tennessee tied the game in the 60th minute with a goal by Vanessa Mueggler. Mueggler would score the game winning goal in the 102nd minute during double overtime.
Mandy Hall made 10 saves, extending her North Texas career record to 228 saves.