Critical Weekend Awaits Mean Green Soccer Team
North Texas faces a daunting task this weekend by traveling to both Middle Tennessee (Friday) and Western Kentucky (Sunday). The two teams have a combined 24-6-2 record and are on the heels of the Mean Green in the Sun Belt Conference standings.
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DENTON, Texas (10/22/09) - The Mean Green soccer team faces their toughest task of the regular season this weekend when they travel to both Middle Tennessee (12-3-1, 6-2) and Western Kentucky (12-3-1, 7-1).
North Texas has won four consecutive games, and seven of their past eight, to climb atop the Sun Belt Conference standings and remain the only unbeaten team in conference play (11-4-1, 7-0-1). Last weekend the Mean Green began this current five-game road trip with a weekend sweep over UALR and Arkansas State.
Senior midfielder Kendall Juett scored a goal and recorded an assist in each game and in the process moved past former North Texas-great Dani Slavonic for tops among most games played and started (91).
On Friday the Mean Green will go up against a Blue Raiders team that is currently off to their second best start in school history through 16 games. Middle Tennessee currently sits in fourth place in the Sun Belt, tied with Denver.
The Mean Green defense will need to try and contain sophomore forward Shan Jones, who leads Middle Tennessee and all of the Sun Belt with 11 goals, four of which have been game-winners. North Texas is 7-4-1 all-time against the Blue Raiders including a 2-1 victory last season in Denton.
Friday's match will get underway at 7 p.m. from Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium.
Then on Sunday North Texas will be looking for a little bit of revenge when they travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky to take on the Lady Hoppers on Senior Day. Last year Western Kentucky University defeated the Mean Green 1-0 in the semi-finals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship in Denton thanks in part to a 10-save performance from all-conference goalkeeper Libby Stout.
Western Kentucky University has won six straight matches and has outscored their opponents 19-2 during that stretch. They sit only a half a game behind the Mean Green for first place. Sunday's game will begin at 1 p.m. from the WKU Soccer Complex.