Possession Game Needed On Soccer's Toughest Road Swing

Captain Tori Adame and the Mean Green are motivated for Rice, Colorado State.

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North Texas (7-3-1, 1-0-1) at Rice (3-4-2, 1-1-0)
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 • 7 p.m.
Houston, Texas
Series: NT leads 2-1-0

North Texas at Colorado College (7-3-0, 2-0-0)
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 • 1 p.m. (Central)
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Series: NT leads 1-0

DENTON, Texas – Facing the toughest and most crucial road trip of the season, the North Texas soccer team knows that points are a premium this weekend at Rice and Colorado College – the two teams picked ahead of the Mean Green in the Conference USA Preseason Coaches Poll.

NT (7-3-1, 1-0-1 C-USA) head coach John Hedlund has emphasized to his charges that in order to have a chance on the road against the best C-USA has to offer, his team needs to get back to the possession game that worked so well early in the season.

“We worked on possession all last week because we started to get away from that,” said senior captain Tori Adame. “We started to just kick the ball up the field, and it wasn’t successful for us at all. Our focus is always about possession before we play direct. I think we play better with that mindset. These teams are certainly going to be a challenge for us, but we really want to show the rest of Conference USA that we belong.”

Rice (3-4-2, 1-1-0 C-USA), which is coming off an 11-win campaign in 2012, downed UTEP on Friday, but was shocked on the road at UTSA 2-0 on Sunday. The Owls offense has scored just 12 total goals on the year, which is only two behind NT freshman Rachel Holden.

Colorado College (7-3-0, 2-0-0 C-USA) has been to 10 NCAA Tournaments and five Final Fours in its illustrious history, got off to the league’s only 2-0 start in the opening weekend of C-USA play by downing East Carolina and Middle Tennessee. The Tigers have allowed a league-low six goals on the year.



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