Even now, as he stalks the sidelines of practice fields at Indiana, Noah Joseph has a reminder of one of the highlights of his coaching career strapped to his wrist.
North Texas jumped out to a quick lead but dropped three straight sets to fall 14-25, 32-30, 25-21, 25-20 at home to Rice on Wednesday.
Dan McCarney thought back this week on all the great Indiana players he has played or coached against in a host of great games throughout his college football career.
Following a lackluster weekend during which TWU lost contests against St. Mary’s and Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tuesday’s tilt against Henderson State provided an opportunity to evaluate more lineups as the Pioneers search for consistency midway through the season.
Kaylah Hunter and Kelci Slaughter both came off the bench toward the end of the first half to score goals and spark the Mean Green offense. The North Texas soccer team went on to defeat Southern Miss, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.
SAN ANTONIO — North Texas, leading for the majority of the first two sets, failed to capitalize and dropped its first Conference USA match on the road to defending champion Texas-San Antonio, 22-25, 22-25, 21-25. The Mean Green falls to 10-5, 1-1 in conference play.
The Mean Green Athletic Center was nearly deserted on a Monday night when Mike Canales and Dajon Williams settled in a small room with a dry-erase board and a television, slowly going over everything that could possibly happen in five days when North Texas was to take on Nicholls State.
KINGSVILLE — TWU senior Jaqueline Santos posted a career-high 16 kills but the Pioneers fell 25-22, 25-17, 16-25, 25-16 to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.
Two second-half goals helped TWU beat visiting West Texas A&M in a Lone Star Conference opener in front of a school-record crowd of 523 at TWU Soccer Field. TWU (6-1, 1-0 LSC) captured its sixth straight win to set a new school record.
In a game that came down to defense, North Texas goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine held Louisiana Tech scoreless and became UNT all-time shutouts leader in a 1-0 victory Friday at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.
SAN ANTONIO — TWU suffered a 25-19, 24-26, 23-25, 27-25, 15-10 loss to St. Mary’s in a non-conference match. Three Pioneers recorded 15 or more kills, led by freshman Elizabeth Pennington with a career-high 21. Jaqueline Santos and Mallory Kuechle had 15 kills apiece.
Holly Milam didn’t need long to make an impression on her new teammates at North Texas after arriving on campus this fall. Carnae Dillard, the Mean Green’s star junior outside hitter, noticed Milam’s quickness, ability as a blocker at the net and — perhaps most importantly — a solid work ethic right off the bat.
The endless grind of the football season has slowed ever so slightly at North Texas this week. UNT is still working out and preparing for its next game, not to mention a scrimmage in full pads today, when the Mean Green will go all out against each other.
Darvin Kidsy waited to hear from the official standing just a few feet away as he danced down the sideline toward the North Texas end zone during the Mean Green’s game against Nicholls State on Saturday at Apogee Stadium.
It was just one of those days for the Mean Green. North Texas could not find the back of the net despite hitting near, close and off the post of the goal. TCU was able to score and the Horned Frogs went home with a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.
Dajon Williams developed a reputation as a cool customer long before the redshirt freshman sauntered onto the turf at Apogee Stadium as North Texas’ starting quarterback for the first time Saturday during the Mean Green’s game against Nicholls State.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — North Texas fell to No. 24 Kansas and Arkansas on Friday night, dropping to 9-3 after losing back-to-back matches for the first time this season.
What looked like arguably the biggest bore on North Texas’ schedule just a few weeks ago suddenly has started to appear a lot more interesting, not to mention important to the Mean Green. Nicholls State isn’t the most intriguing opponent on UNT’s schedule — far from it. What makes a 2:30 p.m. nonconference game against a Southland Conference team intriguing are a host of story lines that go along with it.
TWU head coach Shelly Barberee earned her 400th career victory while senior libero Morgan Wilson broke the school record for digs with 1,773 as the Pioneers defeated Midwestern State 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Friday in their home opener at Kitty Magee Arena.
After a lopsided victory at Harding on Sunday, TWU expanded on its offensive progress Friday in its home opener against Ouachita Baptist. Five Pioneers got into the scoring act as TWU (3-1) took down the Lady Tigers 6-0, posting three straight shutouts for the first time since 2009.
For the second straight game at home, the North Texas soccer team gave up a last-minute goal to send the match into overtime. Gonzaga scored the game-winning goal off a header in the second overtime period to send the Mean Green home with a 2-1 loss on Friday night at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.
Janis Peterson, a senior guard who was among North Texas’ top offensive players last season, has left the program to return to California. Peterson was UNT’s third-leading scorer in the 2013-14 campaign, when she averaged 8.6 points a game.
Dajon Williams spent a whole lot of time positioned directly behind North Texas’ huddle in practice over the past few months. Injuries and off-the-field issues kept the redshirt freshman out of the lineup and without a whole lot to do. UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales made sure that time didn’t go to waste.
Dan McCarney has issued a series of warnings to his team this week about the dangers of overlooking an opponent.
STEPHENVILLE — Four Pioneers recorded seven kills or more, led by Jaqueline Santos with 12, in a thrilling 19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 15-9 volleyball win Tuesday at Tarleton State.
SEARCY, Ark. — The TWU soccer team scored two goals in the first 23 minutes and never looked back, taking a 4-0 road win at Harding Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Pioneers improved to 2-1 on the season. Sophomore Natalia Diaz scored two goals for TWU while seniors Erin Bolinger and Candice Davies recorded a goal and an assist each.
The stands were mostly empty late Thursday night, after thousands of North Texas students filed out of Apogee Stadium, when something a little odd transpired. UNT started to move the ball. The Mean Green’s dependable running game got on track and the two longest passing plays of UNT’s season came in a span of eight plays, raising a fundamental question that UNT absolutely has to answer as soon as possible: Is Dajon Williams the answer?
North Texas gave up one corner kick in the second half against No. 15 Oklahoma, and it came back to haunt the Mean Green. The Sooners defeated North Texas 2-1 in overtime Friday after the Mean Green gave up the tying goal off a corner kick with 30 seconds left in regulation.
COMMERCE — Despite outstanding play from sophomore Mallory Kuechle, with 15 kills, and senior Jaquline Santos, with 14 kills, TWU fell in four sets to Arkansas-Fort Smith at the Texas A&M-Commerce tournament.