DENTON, Texas- Michelle Young scored twice to give North Texas a 2-1 win over Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt curtain-raiser for both teams at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. The win is North Texas' first over Western Kentucky in its last four tries.
"It's a nice way of starting the conference out against one of the best teams in the Sun Belt," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "When you play WKU you know you are going to be in for a tough battle because they are so well coached, and to me Mallory Outerbridge and Libby Stout are two of the very best players in the league," added Hedlund.
Michelle Young started the scoring in the 55th minute, knocking in a cross from Ellen Scarfone, to give North Texas a 1-0 lead. Ali Stahlke from Western Kentucky answered right back, heading in a corner in the 57th minute.
North Texas broke away for good in the 69th minute, as Michelle Young scored on a breakaway to give North Texas a 2-1 lead that the Mean Green would not relinquish. The goal was Young's team-leading seventh of the season, and was the ninth game-winner of her career, which moves her in to seventh all-time at North Texas in game-winning goals. This is the fourth time that Young has had a multi-goal game in Sun Belt play.
The Mean Green improve to 6-3-1 on the season, and start out Sun Belt play at 1-0-0. North Texas is now 11-1-0 in Sun Belt openers and 11-1-0 in Sun Belt home openers. Western Kentucky is now 5-4-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in the Sun Belt.
Scarfone's two assists give her four on the season, and 16 for her career. Scarfone is only four away from earning a spot on North Texas' career assists leaderboard.
North Texas out-shot Western Kentucky 13-7.
North Texas returns to the Mean Green Soccer Complex on Sunday, September 25 as it hosts 2010 Sun Belt Tournament Champion and NCAA Tournament participant Middle Tennessee at 1 p.m.