Mean Green Secure 23rd Consecutive Winning Season With 4-0 Win
North Texas Beats UTSA 4-0
Oct. 8, 2017
DENTON -- The North Texas soccer team secured its 23rd consecutive winning season with a 4-0 win over UT-San Antonio (2-11, 1-5) Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.
Led by junior Lauryn Bruffett's two goals, the Mean Green (9-2-2, 4-0-1) took a commanding 4-0 lead at the half and never looked back.
"I'm very proud of the way my team played this weekend," said head coach John Hedlund. " We really seemed to all come together at the right time and play at a high level. I'm very proud to continue the winning streak, not only for this team, but for all of the former players and coaches that have now been a part of 23 consecutive winning seasons."
Since losing to Texas 1-0 on Aug. 27. The Mean Green have gone now nine consecutive matches without a loss.
During this nine-match unbeaten streak, North Texas has shutout five opponents and outscored its opponents 29-6.
Bruffett's two goals come on the heel of her missing five matches due to an injury.
She made her return Friday night in the Mean Green's 3-1 win at home over UTEP but didn't score.
Sunday, the Rockwall, Texas, native played 60 minutes.
"Being out on injury was hard but coming out and getting the goals will give me some confidence," Bruffett said. "Getting the win though is what was most important. I think we're hungry and confident. At the start of the year we were a younger and inexperienced team."
Sunday's shutout is North Texas' seventh this season, surpassing last season's total. It's the most shutouts the program has had in a season since 2015 when they ended the year with a record-setting 16 shutouts.
One of the leaders on the defensive end for the Mean Green has been sophomore Dominique James.
James recorded her first assist of the year in Sunday's match and has been a reliable defender for Hedlund, despite changing positions to start the season.
"Our chemistry on defense has come along way since the start of the season," James said. " We didn't really know who our back four was going to be but now we're able to communicate better and shift better."
Hedlund and North Texas remain as just one of four programs to have active streaks of 23 or longer consecutive winning seasons at one school.
Sunday's win also marked the program's continued home-unbeaten streak against conference opponents. North Texas is now 40-0-2 in its last 42 home conference games, which dates back to the 2009 season.
North Texas welcomes the red-hot UAB Blazers to Denton. Entering Sunday, the Blazers were tied for second in the conference with North Texas. Their match on Sunday versus Western Kentucky was canceled. The Blazers are also ridding a nine-match unbeaten streak.