Mean Green Soccer Hurt By Own Goal, Falls 1-0 To Longhorns
North Texas Finishes Non-Conference Slate With 5-3-1 Record
Austin --The Mean Green soccer team went toe-to-toe with Texas, but was hurt by an own goal and fell 1-0 to the Longhorns on Friday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The own goal came in the 33rd minute off chaos in the 18-yard box following a corner kick. With a scrum in the box, an attempted clear spun off Tori Phillips' foot and went into the goal after goalkeeper Brooke Bradley collided with a Texas player, leaving the net wide open.
"I had to be creative with the starters tonight, with us opening up at Rice on Sunday, and them resting today," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "It was a difficult game for me to coach. The good thing is we played 23 players tonight, starters played about a half, and we just came up short sending the game into overtime against an outstanding Texas team."
Playing on a large field, the Mean Green had a lot of room to run in the midfield and were able to maintain a good share of the possession. Midfielders Marchelle Davis and Katie Gernsbacher were able to play off each other and distribute the ball wide and forward. Davis led the Mean Green with two shots, all long range but not on target.
The Mean Green's best opportunity came in the 41st minute when Hailey Sutton had a good look at goal but hit it wide right after a Texas miscue with a back pass.
The North Texas backline held Texas to just three shots on goal. North Texas held the edge in shots in the first half, 5-4.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas opens conference play with a Sunday night game against Rice in Houston.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
First own goal by the Mean Green since the 2011 season against SMU.
North Texas finishes its non-conference schedule with a 5-3-1 record. The losses came at the hands of Oregon, No. 25 Arkansas and Texas.
The Mean Green subbed all of their starters, except for the goalkeeper, in both periods.