DENTON, Texas- North Texas defeated FIU 2-1 to move into a second-place tie in the Sun Belt Conference. Michelle Young scored a goal and assisted on the other for the Mean Green.
North Texas is now in a tie for second place in the Sun Belt with FIU and Western Kentucky. Middle Tennessee can join the tie with a victory over Louisiana-Lafayette tonight. North Texas, who is ranked 7th in the South Region, temporarily preserve their standing in the South Region with a victory over the 8th-ranked Golden Panthers.
"We beat a good team tonight," said Head Coach John Hedlund. "I was proud of our team because they showed their character to come back and then get the go-ahead goal."
"Most of all, I'm happy that we were able to get the win for the two seniors [Dani Watson and Mandy Hall] on Senior Night," added Hedlund.
FIU (8-6-1, 5-2 Sun Belt) started the scoring when they were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute. Mayara Bordin converted the Golden Panther penalty to give the squad from Miami a 1-0 lead.
North Texas (10-5-1, 5-2 Sun Belt) answered fewer than four minutes later, where Kelsey Hodges scored after a well-executed one-two with Michelle Young. The goal moved Hodges into a tie for the team lead, with eight goals for the season. The assist was Young's fourth assist of the season.
The Mean Green went ahead for good in the 76th minute when Michelle Young scored on a long pass from Ellen Scarfone. Young's goal was her sixth of the season, which is third-most on the team. Scarfone picked up her ninth assist of the year, which moves her into sixth on North Texas' all-time single season assist list.
Mandy Hall picked up three saves and did not allow a goal through the course of play on Senior Night. North Texas outshot FIU 16-8.
North Texas returns to the Mean Green Soccer Field on Sunday, October 17th when it hosts Florida Atlantic at 1 p.m.