May 31, 2018
DENTON — The 13-time conference champion North Texas soccer team has signed five freshmen to its 2018 class.
Multi-sport high school champions, all-state honorees and academic leaders make up the class of incoming freshmen that are all from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and are expected to help the Mean Green right away in the program's effort to win a conference championship for a fifth-straight season.
Defender Zoe Gomez has been committed to the Mean Green since her freshman year of high school in 2014 after she attended a UNT camp. The Cedar Hill native who will graduate from First Baptist Academy in Dallas plays for one of the best Elite Club National League teams for her age group, Solar Chelsea U18, which as of February had 11 girls on her team sign division I scholarships.
A tremendous athlete, Gomez is also a three-time state champion in the 4x100 relay. She translates that skill on the soccer field and can overpower opponents with her speed.
Gomez was also awarded academic all-state in 2017 and 2018.
"UNT is the only place I could see myself attending college while playing soccer," Gomez said. "The coaches were extremely nice and have done an amazing job with the program. I fell in love with it all."
A Frisco native, Olivia Klein was the leading goal scorer on her Frisco High School team and her Dallas Sting club team.
Klein was named the 2018 District 13-5A Offensive MVP and was a Texas Association of Soccer Coaches First Team All District selection. In 2017 she was an honorable mention in district and in 2016 she was her district's Newcomer of the Year. Klein is also a standout student, earning academic all-district and academic all-state honors.
"I chose North Texas because of its known reputation, business program and the coaches' determined mindset to win," Klein said. "It's close to my home and is a perfect fit for me. I'm excited to become a part of the Mean Green."
The younger sister to former North Texas soccer player Ashleigh Lyons, Amber Lyons comes to UNT as one of the most prolific goal scorers in Denton Guyer High School history.
In a February match against Plano East, Amber Lyons netted four goals in a 4-3 win. Her performance tied a school record for most goals in a match.
In her four years at Denton Guyer, Lyons has been named the 6A Offensive Player of the Year, 6A First-Team All-District, 6A Second Team All-Region and been named to the Futsal National Pool.
Amber Lyons played club soccer with fellow incoming freshman Olivia Klein on the Dallas Sting.
"I chose to go to UNT because I got the chance to build a relationship with the coaches early on because of my sister and I liked their coaching style," Amber Lyons said. "I also love how UNT is close to my home and my friends and family can watch me play."
Another local standout, Flower Mound Marcus High School graduate Kaity Hemperly joins the Mean Green after leading her team to the UIL Texas 6A State Championship match. Marcus reached the state championship round after Hemperly scored a hat trick in the team's semifinal win.
For her efforts, Hemperly was named to the 2018 UIL State All-Tournament Team. In addition, she was named second-team all-state and was a first-team all-district selectee her sophomore through senior seasons. A midfield player, Hemperly plays her club soccer with the Dallas Texans.
Along with being a supreme athlete, Hemperly has excelled in the classroom, being named to the A/B Honor Roll, National Honor Society and American Sign Language Honor Society. She's also active in the community and volunteers her time to New Horizon's Children's Home.
"I'm excited to get the chance to play for such a great school," Hemperly said. "I'm also excited that it's so close to home so I can share my experience with my friends and family."
A 2015 UIL 6A Texas state champion and national champion, midfielder Sydney Andrews of Coppell High School rounds out the pristine Mean Green class.
Andrews has played her club soccer for the past few years with incoming freshman Zoe Gomez with Solar Chelsea. There, Andrews and Gomez won back-to-back Dallas International Cup Championships and established themselves as one of the best ECNL clubs.
A strong technical soccer player who is advanced at reading the game, Andrews attended the U.S. Training Camp in the fall of 2013.
The defending C-USA Tournament champion Mean Green only lost two seniors from last year's championship squad and return Dominique James, Aaliyah Nolan and Brittnye Lawson who were voted all-conference last season. In addition to those three, the Mean Green return Taylor Torres who was the C-USA Tournament Offensive MVP and Natalie Newell and Natalie McDonough who were named to the all-tournament team.
North Texas' 2018 season begins in early August. A full schedule release will be announced soon.