Mean Green Soccer Comes Up Short Against No. 25 Arkansas
Brooke Bradley Has 10 Saves Against Razorbacks
Fayetteville, Ark. – Despite a strong performance by the Mean Green defense, the North Texas soccer team could not come up with an equalizer, falling 1-0 to No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday night at Razorback Field.
Coming off a huge offensive performance against Texas Southern where the Mean Green scored seven goals, North Texas could not find the back of the net against the Razorbacks, who broke into the national rankings when they defeated No. 2 Duke.
“I was proud of my team tonight especially defensively,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. “Arkansas is an outstanding team and has been ranked as high as No. 17 nationally this year. It really shows to me that we’re not that far off as a team.”
North Texas goalkeeper Brooke Bradley had a career night, tying a personal best with 10 saves. Her only blemish came in the 29th minute when Jessi Hartzler maneuvered past her defender with the ball inside the box off a free kick and slotted the ball far post past a diving Bradley.
Bradley came up with big saves in the 18th minute, tipping a hard shot over the crossbar, and in the 26th minute, getting down low to push a shot away.
The Mean Green was forced to play defense most of the game, limiting the offense to few touches on the ball. Arkansas held a strong advantage in shots, shots on goals and corners.
Next up for North Texas
• North Texas finishes up non-conference play with a road game against Texas on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
• The Mean Green lost its second game of season. Both losses have come at the hands of teams from Power 5 conferences.
• Dominique James has started the last two games at defense.
• Brooke Bradley tied a career high with 10 saves. She recorded 10 saves in the 2015 NCAA game against Texas Tech. The 10 saves is tied for the 8th most saves in a single game at North Texas.
• Ten players came off the bench for the Mean Green.