Mean Green Blank MACU, 8-0

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Sept. 28, 2017

DENTON -- The North Texas soccer team took a season-high 55 shots Thursday afternoon as they rolled to an 8-0 victory over Mid-America Christian University at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. 

The 55 shots fell one shy of tying the program record, which was set in 1997. 

North Texas' eight goals were also a season-high and the most goals scored in a match since they scored nine versus Texas Southern in 2013.

Thursday's match wasn't scheduled until late Monday afternoon.

The Mean Green (6-2-2, 1-0-1) had two earlier scheduled matches canceled or postponed due to hurricanes. Thursday marked the first time in program history North Texas had played the Evangels (6-2, 1-0) who compete at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics level.

Five different players scored a goal Thursday for North Texas. Senior Katie Gernsbacher, sophomore Natalie Newell and freshman Ariel Diaz each netted two goals. For Newell, a sophomore transfer from Arkansas, it was her first two goals of her collegiate career. 

Newell is the 11th different North Texas player to score this season. Last year, the Mean Green only had nine different players score.

For Diaz and Gernsbacher it marked the first time in their careers they scored more than one goal in a single match. Gernsbacher, a 2016 transfer from Texas, scored her first Mean Green goal on Sept 21 at Marshall. 

Juniors Aaluyah Nolan and Taylor Torres were the other two North Texas players to find the back of the net. 

23 different players saw playing time for North Texas versus MACU, 15 different players took a shot and both of the Mean Green goalies played. Sophomore Miranda Schoening got the start between the posts and earned her fourth win of the year. Junior Brooke Bradley replaced her at halftime when North Texas had a 5-0 lead.

The Mean Green limited the Evangels to four shots and one on goal, which was taken in the first half. The four shots are the second fewest allowed by North Texas this season.

Though she didn't score Thursday, freshman Berklee Peters remains the team leader in points with 13. Peters had a season-high two assists Thursday. She connected with Diaz for the sixth goal of the game and later with Gernsbacher for the seventh.

North Texas travels to Western Kentucky on Sunday for a 1 p.m. CT kickoff.



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