Mean Green Soccer Selected As Preseason Favorite

Aug. 7, 2017

DENTON - The three-time defending Conference USA regular-season champion North Texas soccer team was picked to repeat as the leader in the conference, and junior defender Carissa Sanders was voted to the preseason all-conference squad. 

The Mean Green were voted No. 1 in the preseason poll by the league's coaches for the second time as a member of Conference USA. North Texas has won the regular-season league title the last three years.

Charlotte, the 2016 C-USA tournament champion, was picked to finish second along with Rice, which finished second in the regular season last year.

Sanders was selected by the league's coaches for the 11-member preseason team after being named to the C-USA all-conference third team last season. She has started in the back her first two years and moved to the central defense in 2016, and was one of three Mean Green players last year to start all 21 games and was first in minutes played. She was part of a defensive unit that recorded seven shutouts, including three in conference play.

Head coach John Hedlund is entering his 23rd season at North Texas. He has led the North Texas program to 22 straight winning seasons and 12 conference titles, including four in C-USA. The Mean Green return six starters from last year's squad. Thirteen newcomers, including five transfers, will be playing their first fall season for the Mean Green.

North Texas opens the 2017 season on Friday, Aug. 18, at Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. The Mean Green open the home schedule on Sunday, Aug. 20, against No. 17 Arkansas at 1 p.m.

2017 C-USA PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Martha Thomas | Charlotte | Sr. | MF/F

2017 C-USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nomvula Kgoale | LA Tech | Sr. | D

2017 C-USA PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Martha Thomas | Charlotte | Sr. | MF/F
Megan Greene | Charlotte | So. | MF/D
Riley Orr | Charlotte | So. | F
Nomvula Kgoale | LA Tech | Sr. | D
Jackie Stroud | Old Dominion | Sr. | D
Carissa Sanders | North Texas | Jr. | D
Samantha Chaiken | Rice | Sr. | MF
Nia Stallings | Rice | Sr. | F
Chandler Backes | WKU | So. | F/D
Allison Leone | WKU | Sr. | GK
Nicole Roseland | WKU | Jr. | MF

2017 C-USA PRESEASON POLL (as selected by C-USA coaches)
1. North Texas (8)
T2. Charlotte (5)
T2. Rice (1)
4. Florida Atlantic
5. WKU
6. Old Dominion
7. LA Tech
8. UTEP
9. Marshall
10.UTSA
11. Middle Tennessee
12. FIU
13. Southern Miss
14. UAB

 

 

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