Mean Green Soccer Records Another Come-From-Behind Win

Sept. 22, 2016

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DENTON -- The Mean Green soccer team likes to keep its fans on the edge of their seats. For the second game in a row, the North Texas soccer team gave up an early goal, but came back to defeat Marshall, 3-1, on Thursday night at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Hailey Sutton came off the bench to tie the game before half for the Mean Green, and then Rachel Holden came through with her second straight game-winning goal to regain the lead for North Texas.

"The personnel is different, but in some ways the game reminded me of last year's conference final with the high intensity, work rate and aggressive play from both teams," North Texas head coach John Hedlund said. "Marshall is a solid team, and I thought their goalkeeper played outstanding tonight, but for us we need to do a better job overall on finishing our chances in front of the goal. Being a little bit more composed would help. The bench was huge for us throughout the game, and Hailey was the spark we needed to help us get the win."

Marshall's goal in the 12th minute of the game was a quick turn of events because of the way the Mean Green opened the first half. North Texas had eight shots, including four on frame, in the opening seven minutes, but Marshall's Megan Bonelli was there for all the saves. Holden had two shots just in the opening minute of play. Holden and Torres each had shots that went off the crossbar in those opening minutes.

Marshall survived the storm and then had a few minutes of possession in the home team's defensive third. Sydney Arnold slipped a ball at the top of the 18-yard box to Jordan Sackaris who raced towards the Mean Green endline and sliced a shot into the far post, past a diving Brooke Bradley to give the Thundering Herd the lead. That shot on goal for Marshall was its only shot on frame in the game.

North Texas continued to hold onto the majority of the possession and finally was able to tie the game in the 37th minute after a bit of chaos in the box. The lead up to the goal started when Tori Phillips chipped a ball over the defense into the box. The ball tipped off a defender causing Bonelli to fumble the ball. Sutton was first on the ball, but Sabrina Munguia was the one who finally got a shot off. The Marshall defenders blocked the shot, but Sutton was able to collect the rebound and fire the ball back into the net.

Holden ended up with the gamewinner in the 52nd minute with a short tap in. Dominique James had a 1 v 1 with the goalkeeper, and ripped off a hard shot that Bonelli pushed across the goal, and Holden was right there for the finish.

Sutton was also involved in the Mean Green's third goal. The graduate student was in a good position with the ball near the goal when she was fouled from behind. Marchelle Davis took the penalty kick and was able to add the insurance goal for North Texas.

Next up for North Texas

• North Texas returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 25 when it faces Louisiana Tech at home at 1 p.m..

Mean Green Quick Hitters

• North Texas extended its home unbeaten streak against conference opponents to 35 games.

• North Texas was down 1-0 to Rice on Sept. 18 and had to come back with two goals to win

• North Texas recorded its third-most shots in a game with 28.

Rachel Holden scored her eighth goal of the season, which leads the team

Marchelle Davis converted her second penalty kick of the season

• North Texas used 10 subs, compared to Marshall's four

• With her game-winning goal, Rachel Holden moved into a tie for fourth place for career game-winning goals with 15.



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