UNT soccer tournament

The North Texas soccer team will host the Conference USA tournament at its new venue this fall. The Mean Green won both the C-USA regular season title and conference tournament last season.

North Texas has won the Conference USA soccer tournament when it was played in Alabama, Virginia and Florida while establishing itself as one of the powers in the league.

The Mean Green will have a chance to add another championship on their home field this fall.

UNT will host the 2019 C-USA tournament in their debut season at a $16 million venue that opened earlier this year. UNT has never hosted a conference soccer tournament.

The announcement that UNT will host the event came on Friday, when the Mean Green released their slate for the upcoming season. UNT will celebrate its 25th season this fall, when the Mean Green will look to build on their considerable history that includes winning 15 regular season or conference tournament titles.

UNT played in the NCAA tournament for the sixth time last season and has won the C-USA regular season title, the conference tournament or both in each of the last five seasons.

“Winning the conference each year will always be our number one priority and when you’re going for six straight C-USA titles the target on your back becomes much larger,” UNT coach John Hedlund said in a statement. “Everyone wants to knock you off the top of the mountain.”

UNT will carry a 49-match unbeaten streak in conference home games into the season and will be among the favorites to win another C-USA title.

Defender Dominique James returns after being named a third-team All-American last season. UNT also has elite goalkeeper Kelsey Brann back, along with forward Berklee Peters.

Peters scored six goals last season and is UNT’s leading returning scorer.

UNT added several transfers in the offseason who could help replace the 17 goals Aaliyah Nolan and Taylor Torres combined to score as seniors last season.

Forward Chloe Bohanon could help fill that void after transferring in from Oklahoma. UNT has 15 newcomers overall.

The Mean Green allowed 13 goals all of last season and adds Old Dominion transfer defender Lana Hastings.

UNT will play exhibitions on the road against South Florida and Central Florida before opening the season at home on Aug. 22 against Northwestern State.

The Mean Green will play road games against a pair of power conference opponents in Texas Tech (Sept. 1) and Alabama (Sept. 15) before opening C-USA play at home against Old Dominion on Sept. 20.

“Playing nonconference games against consistent NCAA tournament programs such as South Florida, Central Florida, Texas Tech, Memphis, Alabama and HBU [Houston Baptist] should really help us when conference play rolls around in September,” Hedlund said.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

UNT soccer schedule

The following is the North Texas soccer team’s 2019 schedule:

Date Opponent Time
Aug. 16 at South Florida 6 p.m.
Aug. 18 at Central Florida 9 a.m.
Aug. 22 Northwestern State 7 p.m.
Aug. 25 Texas Southern 1 p.m.
Aug. 30 Houston Baptist 7 p.m.
Sept. 1 at Texas Tech 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Memphis 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Incarnate Word 1 p.m.
Sept. 13 Grambling 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Alabama 1 p.m.
Sept. 20 Old Dominion 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 Southern Miss 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 Middle Tennessee 1 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Texas-San Antonio 1 p.m.
Oct. 13 at UAB 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 Western Kentucky 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 Marshall noon
Oct. 25 at Florida Atlantic 6 p.m.
Oct. 27 at Florida International noon
Nov. 1 at Rice 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 C-USA tournament TBA

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