Mean Green Soccer Drops First Game Of Season, Falls To Oregon
Ducks Score Three Second-Half Goals
Eugene, Ore. -- The North Texas soccer team held the Ducks scoreless in the first half but could not hold off the Oregon offensive pressure in the second period as the Mean Green suffered its first loss of the season, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon.
"With the score tied 0-0 at the half, we put ourselves in a great position like the Oregon State game to have another great result," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "Unfortunately, Oregon’s depth took over in the second half and we just couldn’t sustain their pressure. In the end it’s our first loss of the year, we’ll learn from this, make a few adjustments and get ready to play in front of our fans on Friday."
The Mean Green played the Ducks close in the first half, managing three shots and holding the host school to just seven shots of their own.
The second half was a different game as the Ducks posted 18 shots and held the Mean Green offense to just one shot. The North Texas offense was short one player as Rachel Holden sat out the game due to a red card.
The Ducks continued to press in the second half and broke through in the 53rd minute as Jayne Lydiatt was slotted a ball through the 18-yard box, and she was able to weave around goalkeeper Brooke Bradley and put the ball in the net for the opening goal.
Oregon added a second goal four minutes later, and then Marissa Everett sealed the win by knocking in the Ducks’ third goal with a point-blank shot near post, off a low cross from the endline.
Bradley made a season-high nine saves in goal for the Mean Green.
Next up for North Texas
• North Texas returns home to face Texas Southern on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Mean Green Quick Hitters
• The Mean Green held its opponent scoreless in the first half for the second straight game.
• The Mean Green was outshot for the second straight game.
• Brooke Bradley made a season-high nine saves in goal for the Mean Green.
• The Mean Green offense was unable to put a shot on goal or garner a corner kick.
• The Mean Green has not given up three goals since falling 4-2 to Virginia Tech during the 2013 season.