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Champs again! Mean Green soccer wins tournament and season title

Mean Green Soccer wins Sun Belt Conference tournament 2012(Editor's note, Nov. 11: The Mean Green's championship season ended with an 2-0 loss to Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA championships. The game, played in Lubbock, attracted a record crowd of 1,738. UNT finished the year 16-5-2.)

(Editor's note:The Mean Green defeated Florida International 1-0 Nov. 4 to win the post-season Sun Belt Conference tournament and a spot in the NCAA national championship tournament. UNT plays Texas Tech Nov. 10. Learn more from Mean Green Athletics.)

The Mean Green soccer team captured its second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship with a little help from two other teams.

Western Kentucky tied Middle Tennessee 1-1 on the final weekend of play, leaving all three teams tied for first place in regular season play.  UNT earned the number one seed in the conference tournament, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, since the Mean Green had the highest point total in matches involving the three teams.

The conference tournament will be held in Mobile, Ala., and hosted by the University of South Alabama.

 The Mean Green are ninth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America South region ranking.

The championship match will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 4, and the winner will earn a place in the NCAA national tournament. Brackets will be announced Nov. 5 and the national finals will be Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in San Diego.

The Mean Green finished the season with a 13-4-2 record and lost one match in conference play, finishing 8-1-1 in the team’s last year in the Sun Belt. UNT moves to Conference USA in 2013-14.

This is the team's seventh championship in UNT soccer history. "Winning championships never gets old," observed Head Coach John Hedlund.

(Photo courtesy of Mean Green Athletics)

Posted on: Mon 05 November 2012

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