Mean Green In Second-Place But Control Their Own Destiny
North Texas Travels To Old Dominion On Sunday
DENTON -- As the end of the regular season inches closer with each day, the Mean Green soccer team's race for a fourth consecutive Conference USA championship gets tighter.
With three matches remaining on its schedule, North Texas (11-2-2, 6-0-1) currently stands in second-place of the C-USA standings, five points behind first-place Rice (11-2-1, 8-0) who only has two matches left.
The conference season concludes next Sunday and has come down to a three-team race.
THE THREE LEFT STANDING
The Rice Owls are currently ranked No. 23 in the nation and sit in first-place of the C-USA standings with 24 points. They are on an eight-match winning streak and last lost on Sept. 10 in Memphis, Tennessee, against Tulsa in what was their final non-conference game of the year.
Rice has two matches remaining on their schedule. They are at Charlotte on Sunday and end their regular season at North Texas on Friday.
The Mean Green are in second-place of the C-USA standings with 19 points, five points behind Rice. But they have three matches remaining on their schedule, including a looming home matchup with Rice next Friday.
North Texas, which is on an 11-match unbeaten streak, travels to fifth-place Old Dominion on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon ct.
They then return home to play Rice and then host FIU on Sunday in what is a rescheduled match from a mid-September date that was postponed due to the hurricane.
Though the Blazers sit eight points behind Rice in third place of the standings, they are not mathematically eliminated. They too have three matches remaining and could still finish in first.
UAB hosts Louisiana Tech on Sunday and then hosts Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky to close out the season.
If the Mean Green and Blazers tie in the standings, North Texas owns the tiebreaker due to its 1-0 win over UAB on Oct. 13.
EASIEST WAY FOR NORTH TEXAS
It's simple. North Texas controls its own destiny.
If the Mean Green win out they are the regular season conference champions. But they can't afford to even tie as the Owls don't appear to be taking their foot off the gas anytime soon. They defeated Old Dominion 7-2 on Thursday.