Right Place At The Right Time, Flobeck Notches Game Winner
Freshman Scores North Texas' First C-USA Win
Jackie Moreau and the Mean Green earned their first C-USU win on Sunday (Photo by Rick Yeatts)
DENTON, Texas - North Texas head coach John Hedlund preached to his team before taking on Louisiana Tech about the importance of being at the right place at the right time, especially on set pieces. Anna Flobeck apparently took notice.
In the 30th minute, the freshman flashed to the front post on a Lynda Hercules corner kick and sent the ball into the back post netting. Flobeck's goal would hold up to give North Texas (7-3-1, 1-0-1 C-USA) its first Conference USA victory, 1-0.
"I really never saw the ball," said Flobeck, on notching her second goal of the year. "I just went into the middle of a pack of players and the ball hit my shoulder and went in. It was exactly like what coach Hedlund was talking about - be at the right place at the right time."
The North Texas defense was at the forefront of the Mean Green's renewed emphasis on a possession game. Shelly Holt, Tess Graham and captain Kelsey Hodges diffused pressure all afternoon by hitting their other captain, Tori Adame, on wide open switches to the left side of the field.
"We just have to understand that teams like this weekend are going to play very defensive minded against us," Hedlund said. "We need to be more patient with our possessions and do a better job of burying our chances and we'll be fine."
The veteran defense, along with three saves from Haley Riley, yielded North Texas' sixth shutout of the year. Riley was really on tested once on a diving save from a Louisiana Tech (5-6-1, 0-2-0 C-USA) free kick from the 18-yard box, which she handled.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas goes on its first C-USA road trip to take on the two squads picked higher in the league's preseason coaches poll - Rice (Friday) and Colorado College (Sunday).
Mean Green Quick Hitters
The 1-0 win over the Lady Techsters will go down as NT's first in a C-USA game.
Louisiana Tech and North Texas had only met once previously - a 2-1 Mean Green win in Denton in the 2008 opener.
Kelsey Hodges became just the sixth player in NT history to cross the 6,000 minutes played barrier. The senior ranks fifth in school history with 6,172 minutes .
Anna Flobeck's goal in the 30th minute proved the game winner. It was the second goal of the season for the freshman.
Despite coming off the bench, Lynda Hercules is tied for third on the team with seven points on the year. Hercules, who opened the year with a pair of goals, notched the assist on the game winner against LA Tech.
North Texas is now 61-9-6 (82.9 percent) at the Mean Green Soccer Complex since it opened in 2006.