Not Done Yet
Mean Green Host No. 18 Rice Friday Night
DENTON -- When you lose for the first time in 11 matches and with just two left in the season, aspirations can quickly run dry.
But for the Mean Green soccer team the season is far from over.
Friday night, North Texas hosts the No. 18 nationally ranked Rice Owls, who took the Conference USA regular season title from the three-time defending champs on Sunday after the Mean Green's 3-1 loss at Old Dominion.
With two matches remaining in the regular season, a win over the Owls would still put North Texas in the driver's seat headed into the C-USA Championship, which starts Nov. 1.
"We came together as a team and talked about how losing one game doesn't hold us back from our other goals," said freshman Brooke Lampe. "We aren't done yet."
A win Friday would keep the Mean Green in sole possession of second place in the conference standings and in good position with one match remaining before the conference tournament.
A victory over Rice would also be the first time since 2003 that the Mean Green beat a ranked opponent.
And home field advantage is definitely on the Mean Green's side.
North Texas hasn't lost a home conference match since Oct. 31, 2008. They are 40-0-2 in home matches versus conference opponents since then.
"We aren't done yet fighting," Lampe said. "We aren't done yet fighting for each other, for our home record and definitely not done fighting for a tournament ring."
Breathing down the Mean Green's neck in the conference standings is Louisiana Tech. Just one point behind, the Lady Techsters conclude the regular season when they host Southern Miss on Friday. The Golden Eagles have already been eliminated from the conference tournament as they sit in 13th place.
Sunday, North Texas hosts Florida International in the regular season finale. FIU is in last place of the standings.
The single-elimination conference tournament takes the top eight teams. There are no byes. If the season were now, the Mean Green would take on Charlotte in the first round of the tournament. North Texas beat the 49ers, 2-1, in their only match this season. Headed into Friday's game, the Mean Green can finish anywhere between second and fifth.