Soccer Takes On Troy, USA
The 9th-ranked team in the South region takes on the Sun Belt's Alabama contingent as they look to continue their two-game winning streak that has seen them outscore opponents 8-0 so far. North Texas dominates both series against their opponents this
The 9th-ranked team in the South region takes on the Sun Belt’s Alabama contingent as they look to continue their two-game winning streak that has seen them outscore opponents 8-0 so far. North Texas dominates both series against their opponents this weekend, having never lost to Troy and holding a 13-1-1 edge over South Alabama.
Rank and File
North Texas is ranked 9th in the South Region of the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Poll. This is the third straight week North Texas has been ranked in the South Region.
Entering these games, North Texas has played 1220:54 of game time this season, but has trailed for 56:27, which is only 4.6% 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.
Troy Series History
North Texas is 5-0 vs. Troy in Sun Belt games and 6-0-0 overall. North Texas has outscored Troy by a margin of 35-2 in those 6 games, an average of 5.83 to 0.33.
South Alabama Series History
North Texas has controlled thier matchups with South Alabama, only losing the regular season matchup in 2000 by a score of 1-0. North Texas has then gone unbeaten in the next 14 games against USA, including a victory in the 2005 Sun Belt Title game to send the Mean Green to the NCAA Tournament.
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.
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 (21) and saves (231), and ranks second in career goals against average (0.99).
For more information on Mandy Hall, please see page 7 of the game notes.
North Texas has shown a potent offense this season. The Mean Green rank 15th in the nation and 1st in the Sun Belt in goals-per game. Additionally, North Texas is one of only three teams to score a goal against the New Mexico Lobos this season, who currently lead the nation in Goals Against Average.
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.
We Must Protect This House
Since the 2000 season, the Mean Green has been nearly perfect in defending its home turf. North Texas is currently 8-1-1 in their last 10 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 in the nation to have two unbeaten streaks at home of 23 games or more in NCAA history.
Kara Brooks enters this weekend having played all of North Texas’ last 670 minutes without seeing the bench. Brooks had played 1198 of North Texas’ 1221 minutes this season, only sitting out for six minutes against New Mexico and the last 23 minutes against Texas Southern.
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 (52 games/51 starts), sophomore Michelle Young (32 games/31 starts) and sophomore Ellen Scarfone (32 games/31 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. The Mean Green lead this category again in 2010 as well as goals, goals per game, and points.
Shots Per Game (2010)
1. North Texas 16.31
2. Denver 16.25
3. Middle Tennessee 13.54
1. North Texas 33
2. Denver 28
3. Troy 25
DENTON, Texas- North Texas (7-5-1, 2-2 SBC) dominated the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (6-7, 1-3 SBC) to earn a 4-0 victory on Sunday afternoon, the Mean Green’s second straight 4-0 victory in the Sun Belt. Four different players added goals for the Mean Green.
“We need to win all of our games at home,” said North Texas Head Coach John Hedlund. “Our goal has never really changed. We try to attack the opponent, go at them and numbers and apply pressure. We were able to do that pretty much the whole day, and that’s where the goals came from.”
Michelle Young started the scoring in the second minute when she scored on a breakaway for her second goal in as many games, and her fifth goal of the season as she scored on a breakaway pass from Loreli Ramsey, who earned her first assist of the season.
Carly McDowell doubled North Texas’ lead when she scored directly off a corner kick in the 15th minute. McDowell now has three goals in the past two games.
Nikki Crocco added her second goal of the season in the 53rd minute, scoring off a narrow angle shot that the keeper could not cleanly stop. Kelsey Perlman fed her the ball to score, giving Perlman a goal or an assist in three straight games, and now has nine points over her last six games.
The Mean Green received a penalty kick in the 65th minute when Dani Watson was taken down in the box, which Ellen Scarfone converted moments later to give North Texas the final margin of victory. The goal was Scarfone’s fourth of the season.
Mandy Hall made three saves and posted her seventh scoreless outing of the season. Hall lowered her GAA to 0.73, and earned her fourth complete game shutout of the season.