Mean Green Soccer Captures Las Vegas Invitational Tournament Title
North Texas Defeats UNLV, 1-0
LAS VEGAS - With the temperature reaching triple digits, North Texas head coach John Hedlund took advantage of his depth throughout the game against UNLV, using eight players from off the bench. Anna Flobeck subbed in midway through the first half to score on a header, lifting the Mean Green to a 1-0 victory against UNLV on Sunday afternoon.
"It feels good to win the tournament and beat a solid team like UNLV," said Hedlund. "Today was more about surviving the 106-degree temperature and having the mindset and character to battle through the heat."
Flobeck needed just two minutes to get her head on the ball. She subbed into the game in the 21st minute and was able to get on the end of Tori Phillips' booming free kick in the 23rd minute. The junior's header bounced off the UNLV goalkeeper's hands and a then defender before finding the back of the net.
The Mean Green defense buckled down after the goal, allowing just four shots on goal. Jackie Kerestine picked up her first shutout of the season, making four saves.
The North Texas offense was more efficient in today's game. The Mean Green was outshot, 14-5, but three of NT's five shots were on target, including the gamewinner.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas is back in action next week against Incarnate Word and Kansas. The Mean Green plays Incarnate Word on the road on Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. and opens the home season on Sunday against Kansas.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
With the win, the Mean Green went 2-0 on the weekend and captured the Las Invitational tournament title.
North Texas is now 2-0 to start off the season for the fourth straight year and the eighth time in the last nine years.
Alexsis Cable earned her first start in a Mean Green uniform today against UNLV.
Tori Phillips dished out her second career assist.
Flobeck came off the bench twice last year to head in two goals. It was her seventh career goal.
Marchelle Davis started her first game this year after coming off the bench on Friday.
Jackie Kerestine earned her first shutout of the season. It is her 32nd career shutout and her 48th career win.