North Texas Soccer Moves To 3-0 With Win against Islanders
John Hedlund And The Mean Green Soccer Program Was Honored For Their 300 Wins
DENTON - The Mean Green soccer team scored three goals in the opening eight minutes of the second half to jump ahead of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi after a tepid first half. North Texas won its third straight game with a 4-0 victory against the Islanders on Friday night at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.
"The effort and overall play was just not there for us in the first half but we talked about it at halftime, regrouped and had a much better performance from everyone in the second half," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund.
The Mean Green held just a 1-0 at the half after allowing the Islanders to possess the ball for a good portion of the opening period. Freshman Dominique James was fouled by the goalkeeper in the box after taking a shot; setting up Anna Flobeck's converted penalty kick in the 38th minute to finally give the Mean Green the lead.
Rachel Holden and Taylor Torres set the tempo in the second half for the Mean Green. The speedy forwards pressured and spread the Islanders defense, allowing the Mean Green to have more space and more 1 vs. 1 opportunities.
Holden slid a pass up the middle for Torres, who slipped the ball under a diving Islanders keeper for the second goal of the game in the 48th minute. Two minutes later, Torres knocked the ball in the net from close range off a goalkeeper deflection.
Holden created havoc up top for the Islanders defense in the second half. She was fouled in the box in the 54th minute and converted the ensuing penalty kick to seal the win for the Mean Green.
The Mean Green defense allowed just four shots on goal and have not allowed a goal in 270 minutes.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas returns to action on Sunday, when it faces Abilene Christian at home at 1 p.m.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
The Mean Green improved to 3-0 for the third straight year.
The Mean Green has not allowed a goal yet this season.
The Mean Green made one change to its lineup on Friday; Katie Gernsbacher got her first start in a Mean Green uniform up top at forward.
Three different players have converted penalty kicks this season for the Mean Green (Marchelle Davis, Flobeck and Holden).
Taylor Torres scored two goals in a single game for the first time in her career. Those were her first points of the season.
Twenty-one players saw action tonight for the Mean Green.