Dominique James
Rick Yeatts

James Named C-USA DPOW

DENTON - For the second time this season, North Texas soccer center back Dominique James has been named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.

James led the Mean Green (9-1-1, 4-0) defense to a pair of shutout victories this weekend to extend the team's winning streak to seven and their shutout streak to five.

It's the third time a North Texas defender has earned the honor this season. James is the first repeat C-USA Defensive Player of the Week this season, and UNT is the only school to have captured the award more than once this season. 

On Monday, North Texas earned the first top-25 NCAA RPI ranking in program history when it was tabbed No. 25.

"This year has been one of the best seasons I've had at UNT," James said. "Not only having five shutouts in a row but also being the first team to reach the top 25."

James and the Mean Green defense have led the team to outscore its 11 opponents this season by a combined score of 25-3. UNT last gave up a goal on Sept. 2 versus Pittsburgh in its 4-1 win over the Panthers. 

This weekend, North Texas beat Rice 1-0 on Friday short-handed and beat UAB 2-0 on Sunday. Both matches were played at home.

James, the 2018 C-USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, as she typically does, played the entirety of both matches this weekend and, as the last line of defense, was key in preventing any opposing breakaways . 

During the Mean Green's current seven-game winning streak in which the team has outscored their opponents 17-1, James has played all but eight minutes of 630 total minutes. 

Along with its first top-25 rankings, North Texas is on pace to set numerous program records led by the defense.

Its goals-against average of .267 is the second best in the nation and trails only UC Riverside by .028, and its shutout percentage is the sixth best in the nation at .727.

North Texas' five-match shutout streak is its longest since 2015 and is only one off the program record. 

UNT and James head to Western Kentucky on Friday and then to Marshall on Sunday.

"I'm grateful to be a part of this team and hope to help lead us to our first NCAA win," James said. 

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