DENTON (11/2/04) North Texas women’s soccer head coach John Hedlund was named the Sun Belt Conference Co-Coach of the Year after the Mean Green captured its second conference championship in four years.
North Texas placed four players on the Sun Belt conference first and second teams and Heather Hutyra was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year.
Hedlund shared the Coach of the Year honors with Aston Rhoden of Middle Tennessee, who shared the Sun Belt Conference Championship with North Texas. This is the first time that Hedlund has been named Coach of the Year in his 10 seasons at North Texas.
Senior Melinda Pina was named to the first-team all-conference for the third straight year after posting a team leading nine goals this season. Pina is the third player in North Texas history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection.
Senior defender Caree Ridenour was named to the first-team all-conference for the first time in her career while Hutyra also earned a spot on the first-team all-conference.
Hutyra is the first freshman to be named to the first-team all-conference at North Texas since Marilyn Marin in 2000.
Senior defender Krista Georgas was named to the second-team all-conference for a second straight year.
North Texas opens up play in the SBC Tournament tomorrow as the second seed and will face the seventh seed South Alabama in the first round.
2004 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER
F Debs Brereton, Sr., Middle Tennessee
F Lleane Grimditch, So., Denver
F Taryn Hemmings, Fr., Denver
F Heather Hutyra, Fr., North Texas
MF Jenna Billingsley, Fr., Denver
MF Melinda Pina, Sr., North Texas
MF Lisa-Marie Woods, So., Middle Tennessee
D Jenny Dalby, Jr., Western Kentucky
D Maggie Kirchhoff, Sr., Denver
D Caree Ridenour, Sr., North Texas
GK Amber Angermeier, Sr., South Alabama
F Heather Adamus, Sr., South Alabama
F Laura Miguez, Sr., Middle Tennessee
F Lotte Rasmussen, Fr., Louisiana-Lafayette
MF Andrea Doogs, Sr., Western Kentucky
MF Rebecca Kahn, Jr., South Alabama
MF Laura Mann, So., Denver
MF Claire Ward, Jr., Middle Tennessee
D Krista Georgas, Sr., North Texas
D Megan Meade, Sr., Florida International
D Jessica Northcutt, Sr., Middle Tennessee
GK Danielle Wiley, So., Denver
Player of the Year: Debs Brereton, Middle Tennessee
Newcomer of the Year: Lisa-Marie Woods, Middle Tennessee
Freshman of the Year: Heather Hutyra, North Texas
Co-Coaches of the Year: Aston Rhoden, Middle Tennessee
John Hedlund, North Texas