Soccer Wins In Overtime Against UTEP
Pineda Converts A PK For The Win
El Paso - The North Texas soccer team played stellar defense and then converted a penalty kick on the other side of the field to come up with a 1-0 overtime road victory against UTEP on Friday night.
"I was really proud of my team and my coaching staff tonight," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "UTEP is a very good team, well coached and a tough place to play. It was a great win for us tonight."
UTEP had an opportunity to go up 1-0 in the 75th minute but missed wide on a penalty kick, forcing overtime. Karla Pineda then converted a penalty kick to lift the Mean Green to victory in the 94th minute.
North Texas was outshot, 10-6, but the Mean Green defense held the Miners to just four shots on goal. Pineda recorded five of NT's six shots, including two free kicks in the second half that the Miners goalkeeper was forced to come up with saves.
The two penalty kicks underscored the physical tone of the game. The match featured a combined 30 fouls, two yellow cards and one red card issued to North Texas head coach John Hedlund.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas continues conference play with a Sunday match against UTSA in San Antonio.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
The goal was Pineda's team-leading fifth of the season and her first made penalty kick in 2014.
North Texas converted its first penalty kick of 2014
North Texas won its first overtime game in 2014
The Mean Green defense recorded its third straight shutout and eighth this season.
The Mean Green is now 3-0 on the road, all shutouts.