Kansas City, Kan. - Head Coach John Hedlund's 2012 crew was a historical one in Mean Green soccer history, and after posting a 16-5-2 record including a conference championship, conference tournament championship and NCAA tournament bid, NT soccer had two players named to the National Soccer Coach's Association of Ameria All-South Region second team.
Senior captain Michelle Young and Junior captain Kelsey Hodges were both named to the prestigious squad following dominant performances at their respective ends of the field this season, the final campaign in the Sun Belt Conference for North Texas.
"A well-deserved honor for both Michelle and Kelsey," coach Hedlund said. "Both players had tremendous years and were a big part of our success throughout the season."
Young ended her Mean Green career as an all-time great for the program. She scored 10 goals on the year putting her at 40 for her career, good for fifth all-time. She also knocked in 15 game-winners throughout her time in Denton placing her at fourth all-time in the clutch goal category.
Hodges, the anchor of an NT defense that allowed 22 goals, started all 23 games for the Mean Green. A unique player, Hodges scored seven goals this season putting her career total at 23, 13th all-time in the Mean Green record books, despite being a defender and the team's free-kick specialist.
2012 is the first year that North Texas has ever had two players make an all-region team, and it is only the second time they have had players named to the South Region unit, the first being 2010 when Ellen Scarfone made the second team.
Three other Sun Belt teams sent two girls to the All-South Region team, but only North Texas had two as high as the second team. The other three clubs were Middle Tennessee, FIU and WKU.
2012 NSCAA All-South Region Team
Michelle Young, F, Sr., Mesquite, Texas
Kelsey Hodges, D, Jr., Denton, Texas
The full teams can be found here: 2012 NCAA Division 1 Women All-South Region Team