Soccer Goes To Sun Belt Tournament
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North Texas takes on hosts Western Kentucky then the winner of No. 2 Middle Tennessee vs. No. 7 FAU in its pursuit of the Sun Belt Conference Title. If North Texas advances through the first two rounds, they will play on Saturday, November 6 for the Sun Belt Title and a NCAA Tournament berth. North Texas is undefeated in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament and is 8-2 in the second round. Ties in the SBC Tournament will be resolved by two overtimes, as is the case in the regular season, followed by a penalty shootout to determine advancement. A penalty shootout will be officially recorded as a tie.
Rank and File
North Texas is ranked 9th in the South Region of the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Poll. This is the seventh straight week North Texas has been regionally ranked. As a regionally ranked team, North Texas is 7-3-1.
North Texas is sixth in the nation in goal differential, with 48 goals scored and 14 goals allowed (+34). No. 1 Stanford (+44), No. 4 North Carolina (+43), No. 7 Virginia (+40), Ark.-Pine Bluff (+36) and Boston U. (+35) are the only teams that have better goal differentials on the season.
Sun Belt Tournament
The Mean Green have participated in 10 conference tournaments, and eight of those times the Mean Green have made the final. North Texas is 20-8-0 in the Sun Belt Tournament, and won the 2004 and 2005 editions of the tournament. North Texas is a perfect 10-0 in first round matches entering this year.
Western Kentucky Series History
Earlier this year, North Texas dropped a 1-0 decision in Bowling Green. North Texas leads the series 8-5-1, with the Hilltoppers taking the previous three meetings. North Texas and Western Kentucky have now met twice in three of the last four years, as they also met in the Sun Belt Tournament in 2007 and 2008, in addition to this year.
Middle Tennessee Series History
Last season, North Texas picked up a
2-1 win in the Sun Belt Tournament against the Blue Raiders. This year, the Mean Green dropped a 2-1 overtime game to Middle Tennessee on the road. North Texas leads the all-time series 8-5-2
FAU Series History
The Mean Green have dominated FAU, shutting out the Owls in four out of the five meetings the teams have played, including a 5-0 victory in Denton this year. North Texas is 5-0 all-time against the Owls.
Entering these games, North Texas has played 1870:54 of game time this season, but has trailed for 153:51, which is only 8.2% of North Texas' minutes' played.
Stone Wall Mandy Hall
Mandy Hall has already placed her name among the best goalkeepers in North Texas history. Hall sits first in career shutouts (23) and saves (245), and ranks second in career goals against average (0.95).
For more information on Mandy Hall, please see page 7 of the game notes.
All We Do Is Win
North Texas has never had a losing season in their 15 years as a program, and has clinched a 16th straight winning season in 2010. Only North Carolina (28 seasons), William & Mary (28), Portland (24), Notre Dame (22), Stanford (22) and Penn State (16) have active streaks of more consecutive winning seasons entering this year. Penn State has not yet clinched a winning season in 2010, while the other schools have.
The contest against SMU saw North Texas welcome a record number of fans, with 1,246 fans passing through the turnstiles to see the 3-2 overtime contest in Denton. North Texas soccer was putting on a benefit for Livestrong that night, and wore special yellow jerseys, sold shirts and took donations that benefited Livestrong. The previous high for a North Texas home game was 1,173, set on 9/5/2008 vs. Oklahoma.
Michelle Young was awarded Sun Belt Player of the Week the week of October 17th for her 3 goals and 2 assists against FIU and FAU. She scored a goal or assisted on a goal in all six games of North Texas' six game winning streak from 10/1 to 10/17. Overall, North Texas is 9-0-1 when she scores or assists.
Four More Years?
Over the past four years (current through 10/26/2010), North Texas is tied with two other schools for 26th with 54 wins over those four seasons, according to research by CollegeSoccer360.com.
We Must Protect This House
Since the 2000 season, the Mean Green has been nearly perfect in defending its home turf. North Texas is riding an nine game home Sun Belt winning streak, and is 13-1 in their last 13 home conference games. North Texas is currently 11-1-1 in their last 13 games at home. During the past 10 plus seasons the Mean Green has made its way into the NCAA record books at home. The Mean Green went unbeaten for 24 straight games from Oct. 3, 1999 until Oct. 11, 2002. That streak is the 12th longest in NCAA history. Two years later a new one started on Oct. 3, 2004 and didn't end until Oct. 22, 2007. It covered 23 straight games and is the 13th longest home unbeaten streak in NCAA history. North Texas is one of just three schools in the nation to have two unbeaten streaks at home of 23 games or more in NCAA history.
Kara Brooks enters this weekend having played all of North Texas' last 1230 minutes without seeing the bench. Brooks had played 1848 of North Texas' 1871 minutes this season, only sitting out for six minutes against New Mexico and the last 23 minutes against Texas Southern.
Denver 1, North Texas 0
DENVER, Colo.- North Texas fell to No. 22 Denver in the regular season finale Friday night. Katie Vaughn scored the game's lone goal in the 14th minute for the Pioneers.
North Texas falls to 12-6-2 on the season and 7-3-1 in Sun Belt play. The Mean Green will enter the Sun Belt Tournament as the No. 3 seed. Denver completes a perfect season in the Sun Belt, going 16-2-0 on the year and 10-0-0 in the Sun Belt.
Mandy Hall stopped a 36th minute penalty kick to keep North Texas in the game. Hall has stopped two penalties on three attempts this season. Hall made a total of six saves on the night.
Michelle Young paced the North Texas attack with five shots, three of which were on goal.
The Pioneers had the slight edge in shots, 15-13. Denver earned five corners to North Texas' one.