Mean Green Overcome Early Deficit To Beat Charlotte

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Oct. 19, 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Even when you're the three-time defending champions nothing comes easy and nothing is handed to you.

Though, an early goal by the Charlotte 49ers Thursday night was still weird. 

Not only was it the first goal given up by North Texas in the first half in nearly a month, the goal came in the fifth minute. By far the earliest goal they've given up this season. 

What wasn't surprising was how the Mean Green responded.

Entering the game on a 10-match unbeaten streak, North Texas stayed the course and by halftime led 2-1. 

They eventually went on to improve their unbeaten streak to 11 with a 2-1 victory.

North Texas (11-2-2, 6-0-1) took the lead from Charlotte (9-6-1, 4-3-1) in the final seconds of the first half when preseason all-conference junior defender Carissa Sanders scored her first collegiate goal.

Right before a free kick, Mean Green assistant coach Daniel Dobson yelled at Sanders to run in for the kick. Junior Taylor Torres handled the low pass and was able to get the ball to Sanders who shot it past the 49ers' goalie for the go-ahead goal.

"It was an exhilarating feeling to get my first collegiate goal," Sanders said.

She joins a laundry list of Mean Green players who have found the back of the net this season.

North Texas began Thursday's match with the 11th best scoring offense in the country, averaging two and a half goals per match. Sanders became the 13th different Mean Green player to score a goal this season.

In comparison, North Texas had nine different people score last year. 

"This was another team win," Sanders added. "Everyone worked hard and did their part."

In the second half, Charlotte did all they could do to break the North Texas defense.

The 49ers even tried having four forwards up front to score the equalizer. 

But the conference's top defense didn't falter.

Charlotte had one final attempt in the final seconds with a free kick from just outside 18 yards, but the shot was high above the goal.

Junior goalie Brooke Bradley ended the match with five saves and improves her season record to 7-0-2. 

Junior forward Aaliyah Nolan scored the game-tying goal in the 15th minute. It is her fifth goal of the season and is now tied with Torres and freshman Berklee Peters for the team lead.

North Texas currently trails Rice by five points for the conference lead. The Owls have however played one more match. Thursday, Rice defeated Old Dominion 7-2. 

The Mean Green host the Owls in the second-to-last game of the season on Oct. 27.

North Texas travels to Old Dominion to play the Monarchs on Sunday at noon CT.



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