Mean Green Score Early And Beat UTEP, 3-1

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Oct. 6, 2017

DENTON -- The North Texas women's soccer team pushed its unbeaten streak to eight in a row with a 3-1 victory over UTEP Friday night at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Two early goals and another standout performance by the North Texas defense was the secret to success.

"We have a lot of respect for UTEP and when these two schools match up I always know it's going to be a battle for 90 minutes. For us it's important to take care of business at home if we want to achieve another title at the end of the year and overall  I thought it was a solid win and a complete team effort tonight."

Throughout the match the Miners (6-8, 2-3) and Mean Green (8-2-2, 3-0-1) played tough, four cards were handed out -- two on each side. Even with the game out of hand in the final seconds, UTEP continued its effort but couldn't overcome the early goals from the Mean Green.

In the second minute of the match, Mean Green junior midfielder Natalie McDonough scored her second goal of the season. The quick goal was reminiscent of last season's game in El Paso when the Mean Green's Hailey Sutton also scored a goal in the second minute of the match. 

12 minutes later, junior Aaliyah Nolan scored a goal on a breakaway off the assist from senior Tori Phillips. With the assist, Phillips now leads the team with five.

The Miners' offense was stalled from the remainder of the first half. They ended it with only attempted two shots and didn't put a shot on goal until the second half.

Meanwhile, the Mean Green offense kept attacking. They finished with 22 shots, half a shot above their season average. North Texas entered the match averaging the second-most shots per game in the nation.

Leading 2-0, senior Katie Gernsbacher netted her fourth goal of the year with a shot from way outside the box. A tricky bounce and some defenders getting in the goalies line of vision allowed the ball to squirt by and give the Mean Green a 3-0 lead.

North Texas fell about 15 minutes shy of completing its third consecutive shutout.

A UTEP goal that was shot from the top of the box in the 74th minute put the Miners on the board but all they could muster for the match's entirety. 

With the win, North Texas maintains its home conference match unbeaten streak, which currently stands at 41 consecutive matches and improved to 39-0-2 after Friday night.

North Texas stays at home to face UT-San Antonio for a 1:00 p.m. Sunday match. Hot dogs will be one dollar.



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