Solid Outing From Soccer Rewarded With 3-0 Win Over Charlotte
NT Soccer Downs C-USA East Division Leader Charlotte 3-0
VIDEO: Highlight's from Sunday's 3-0 win over C-USA East Division leader Charlotte.
DENTON, Texas – Needing points to keep pace in the Conference USA West Division race, the North Texas soccer team turned in its best all-around performance in league play in a 3-0 win over Charlotte on Sunday.
The 49ers (7-5-2, 2-2-2 C-USA) entered the day atop the league’s East Division, but goals from North Texas’ Brooke Oxentine (40’), Rachel Holden (61’) and Kelsey Hodges (79’) proved too much. The Mean Green (9-5-1, 3-2-1 C-USA) is now undefeated in its last 23 conference home matches (21-0-2).
“Our goal at the beginning of the year was to go undefeated at home against Conference USA competition,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. “This is a talented, well-coached Charlotte team that we faced today, and I’m really proud of the way we executed. When you are able to score goals like we did today it simply takes the pressure off.”
The first career goal from Oxentine opened things up in the 40th minute. The sophomore took a rip from 25 yards that skipped of a Charlotte defender and past the keeper.
Holden added the insurance goal with a header from the six-yard box in the 61st minute, and a Kelsey Hodges penalty shot put the nail in the coffin just before the 80th minute.
Next up for North Texas
• Mean Green soccer heads to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricane on Friday at 7 p.m.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
• Kelsey Hodges posted three goals on the weekend, including a penalty shot in the 79th minute against Charlotte. The senior now has 28 career goals, which ties for 9th in program history.
• Hodges is also now 5-of-5 from the penalty spot for her career, which ties Ellen Scarfone (2009-11) for 3rd in North Texas history.
• Haley Riley and the Mean Green defense earned a shutout against Charlotte, which brings Riley’s season total to six, and the team’s total to nine. Riley already ranks 8th in NT history in career shutouts.
• Rachel Holden broke her five-game scoring drought with a header from the six-yard box in the 61st minute. Her 11th of the season, the goal was the freshman’s first in C-USA play.
• Brooke Oxentine scored her first collegiate goal in the 40th minute. The sophomore Memphis transfer also gets credit for the game winner against the 49ers.
• North Texas hasn’t lost a conference home game since 2008. NT is now 21-0-2 in its last 23 home league games.
• Sunday’s matchup against the 49ers was the first in program history.