HOUSTON- North Texas soccer notched their first victory of the season as the Mean Green rolled over Texas Southern 5-0 at Alexander Durley Stadium. Michelle Young picked up a hat trick for the Mean Green, the first for a North Texas player since August 27, 2010.
Young started her trick in the 14th minute, as the Junior gave North Texas a 1-0 lead. The Mesquite native score her second goal of the game in the 30th minute, to give North Texas a 2-0 lead. In the 55th minute, Young knocked in her third goal of the game, with an assist from Ellen Scarfone, giving her the first hat trick for North Texas since teammate Kelsey Hodges scored three against Prairie View A&M on August 27, 2010. This is the first multi-goal game for North Texas since Young herself scored two goals against Florida Atlantic on October 17, 2010. This is the first hat trick in Young's career, which has seen her score 20 goals. With tonight's game winner, Young is now tied for eighth with Krista Davey on North Texas' career game-winning goals list with 8.
In between Young goals, Katelyn Ross scored the first goal of her North Texas career in the 40th minute, with assists from Shelly Holt and Nikki Crocco. The assist by the sophomore Holt was the first of her career.
Kelsey Hodges blasted a free kick into the net during the 82nd minute. The goal is the 10th of her career and first of the season, after she led the team in goals as a freshman last season.
Nikki Crocco had two assists on the night, the first two of her season. Leah Cox made her first career start for the Mean Green.
North Texas improves to 1-0-1, while Texas Southern falls to 0-1-0. This is the first 5+ goal win for the Mean Green since October 17, 2010 against FAU, which also saw Michelle Young score multiple goals.
Jackie Kerestine and Haley Newsom split time in goal for the second straight game. Kerestine lowered her GAA to 0.76, while Newsom's mark is down to 1.11. This is the first shutout for the Mean Green this season.
The Mean Green return to action on Sunday, August 28, as they host Grambling at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.