NT's Potent Offense Strikes Again In 3-1 Win Over Blue Raiders
Hercules, Hodges And Haggerty Score To Give NT Standings Cushion
Amber Haggerty notched her sixth goal of the year in Friday's 3-1 win at MTSU.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The North Texas offense entered the weekend ranked among the nation’s top 10 in scoring, and proved its prowess once again in a 3-1 victory at Middle Tennessee on Friday night.
The Mean Green (11-5-1, 5-2-1 C-USA) received goals from Lynda Hercules, Kelsey Hodges and Amber Haggerty to earn three points in a hotly contested Conference USA West Division race. NT has now scored at least three goals in four straight games, and has outscored those squads, 14-4.
"Middle Tennessee is a good team, and there has always been a great rivalry between these two programs," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "They made us work for everything tonight, and I'm just glad we got the win."
With the victory over the Blue Raiders (5-7-4, 2-4-2 C-USA), North Texas will own second place in the C-USA West by a solid three points with just two regular season games to play. Colorado College, the leader in the West, clinched at least a share of the C-USA regular season crown with an overtime win over Louisiana Tech on Friday.
The top five teams in each division earn a trip to the C-USA Tournament in Houston next month, and the top three squads earn a bye into the quarterfinals.
Next up for North Texas
• The Mean Green heads to UAB for the first time in school history on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
• Kelsey Hodges struck on a penalty shot in the 56th minute for her 30th career goal, which ties for 8th place in NT history. The goal was her 7th of the year.
• Kelsey Hodges is now 6-of-6 for her career from the penalty spot, which ranks third in school history. Her four converted PKs this year are tied with Carrie Kveton (2000) for the most by an NT player.
• Lynda Hercules has only started three games this year, but she's found the back of the net in two of those games - the last two to be specific. The senior scored against Tulsa last Friday, and headed in a cross in the 17th minute at Middle Tennessee.
• Amber Haggerty put the nail in MTSU's coffin in the 65th minutes with a blast from the top of the box. The sophomore's goal is her 6th of the year and the 14th of her career.
• North Texas is now 11-5-2 all-time against Middle Tennessee, although Friday's matchup was their first as C-USA foes.
• The North Texas offense, which entered the weekend ranked 9th in the NCAA in goals per game (2.56), has now produced at least three goals in four consecutive games, and seven times in 2013.
• The win was North Texas' 11th of the year. Every North Texas team in the program's 19 years of existence has reached the 11-win plateau.