DENTON, Texas- North Texas soccer matched its longest unbeaten streak to start a season with a 3-1 victory over Sam Houston State at the Mean Green Soccer Complex on Friday night. The Mean Green's 5-0-1 record matches the six game unbeaten start to the 2007 season.
North Texas, ranked 10th in the South Region, improve to 5-0-1, matching the 2007 season start of being unbeaten through six games. The Bearkats of Sam Houston fall to 2-5-0 on the year.
North Texas started the scoring just two minutes into the game as Kelsey Hodges got her head on a Julie Lackey corner kick to take an early lead. Hodges now has three goals on the season, and a goal or assist in four of NT's last five games.
Sam Houston equalized in the 9th minute as Mallory Tricia chipped North Texas keeper Jackie Kerestine. North Texas retook the lead for good in the 10th minute as Hannah Crawford scored her first career goal, also off of a Julie Lackey corner kick. Lackey had her first two assists of the season tonight, making this her first career multi-assist game and her first assists since August 20, 2010.
North Texas took command of the game in the 18th minute, when Michelle Young broke away from the defense after a one-two with Nikki Crocco. Young now has five goals in the season, moving her into a tie with Nikki Crocco for the school and Sun Belt lead, while Crocco earns her second assist of the year and sixth of her career. Crocco, the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week, now has a goal or assist in four of the last five games.
Jackie Kerestine again started in goal for the Mean Green, and her goals against average stays at 0.62 after the game.
North Texas out-shot Sam Houston 13-5, and earned all six of the game's corners.
The Mean Green look to preserve their undefeated record on Sunday, as they take on Baylor at the Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field in Waco. The Bears are ranked 9th in the central region, and go up against the tenth-ranked team in the south, North Texas. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.