DENTON, Texas- North Texas (5-3-1) fell to SMU (5-2-1) in a hard-fought 3-2 overtime contest before a record crowd at the North Texas Soccer Field. Julie Lackey and Ellen Scarfone scored goals for the Mean Green.
The crowd of 1,246 is a school record for any North Texas soccer game, besting the previous total of 1,173 set against Oklahoma on September 5, 2008. North Texas wore special yellow jerseys to support Livestrong and the fight against cancer.
"We knew it would be this type of game, and go down to the wire," said North Texas Head Coach John Hedlund. "SMU got the goal, and we did not, and now we have to move on to conference play."
Julie Lackey started the game's scoring in the 28th minute when she headed in a cross from Nikki Crocco to give the Mean Green the early advantage. The goal was Lackey's fifth of the year. Ryanne Lewis then tied the contest for the Mustangs in the 43rd minute with a volley at the edge of the 18-yard box.
North Texas was awarded a penalty kick in the 63rd minute when Kelsey Perlman was taken down in the box. Ellen Scarfone then converted the ensuing penalty kick, her third score of the season, to give the Mean Green their second lead of the night.
Shelby Hartweck knocked in a low cross from Courtney Smith to equalize the game in the 74th minute, and send the contest to overtime. Logan May scored on a low cross four minutes into the extra session to give the Mustangs the victory.
North Texas begins play in the Sun Belt on Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m. when they take onWestern Kentucky in Bowling Green. The Mean Green return to the North Texas Soccer Field on Friday, October 1 as they take on ULM at 7 p.m.