DENTON, Texas (10/09/08) One final voyage awaits the North Texas soccer team this weekend as they travel to Alabama for a pair of contests against Sun Belt Conference opponents, starting with South Alabama on Friday at The Cage.
The Mean Green (9-2, 3-1) has won six of their past seven games, including last weekend’s sweep of Florida Atlantic and Florida International in Denton.
North Texas continues to find a way to win despite struggling to score goals, as was the case in last Sunday’s 1-0 win over FIU. This has become a trait that North Texas head coach John Hedlund can appreciate.
“I really couldn’t get on them after that game (FIU) because we won the game,” Hedlund said. “It says a lot about this team when we continue to win these types of games. It shows character and that’s what wins championships. This team has a lot of character and it’s good to know we’ll have that come tournament time.”
North Texas holds an 11-1 all-time record against South Alabama, the most previous meeting coming last season when the Mean Green won in Denton 2-0. The Jaguars (4-8, 2-2) have dropped two straight conference games against Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee and lost those games by a combined score of 7-0.
The Mean Green will then travel to Troy (6-5-2, 1-3) on Sunday for their final road game of the season. The Trojans are led by sophomore midfielder Jill Pender, who enters this weekend with 13 goals and 27 points, both tops in Sun Belt Conference.
On the injury front the Mean Green received a bit of bad and good news this week. North Texas senior midfielder Katy Booth is expected to miss the next two weeks with two bone fractures near her eye after being kicked in last Friday’s game against Florida Atlantic. Also junior forward Kendall Juett (shin) is expected to play this weekend as is senior midfielder Veronica Ayala (back).
The opening kickoff for Friday’s game against South Alabama is set for 7 p.m. North Texas and Troy will play at 1 p.m. on Sunday.