DENTON (10/13/05) - The North Texas soccer team begins its final homestand of the season this weekend, starting on Friday night with Arkansas State at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. The Mean Green sits at the top of the SBC standings with a 4-0 record while the Indians are 1-3-1.
North Texas has never lost to Arkansas State, leading the series 8-0. On Sunday, the Mean Green will face Arkansas-Little Rock at 1 pm. Like the Indians, North Texas is perfect against the Trojans, holding a series lead of 6-0. Arkansas-Little Rock has struggled this season, winning only two games. Two wins this week by the Mean Green will set up a possible showdown with SBC rival Denver the following week.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kandice Ellis recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time in her career against Louisiana-Lafayette and FIU. She has not allowed a goal in 210 minutes of play and over the last 386 minutes has only given up one goal. She leads the Sun Belt Conference in goals against average and save percentage while allowing a league low six goals this season. Ellis has climbed her way into the national scene as she ranks 11th in the nation in save percentage at .889 and 20th in goals against at 0.58.
North Texas sits atop the SBC standings after two weeks of play, and a close look at the numbers will illustrate the Mean Green’s dominance. North Texas leads the Sun Belt in shots, points, goals, goals per game, assists, goals allowed, goals against average, shutouts, and corner kicks.
For the first time in school history the North Texas women’s soccer team has garnered a national ranking this past week. The Mean Green, who is riding an 11-game unbeaten streak, are ranked 40th in the nation by topdrawersoccer.com.
The first 100 fans to Friday night's game will receive mini-soccer balls.
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