Mean Green Begin Spring Season With Impressive Showing Against Baylor
North Texas Tie 0-0 With Baylor
DENTON —On Saturday, the defending Conference USA champion North Texas women’s soccer team played its first match of the spring season and its first match since the NCAA Tournament in November and they looked in mid-season form.
Playing at home, the Mean Green went toe-to-toe with the Baylor Bears in what ended in a 0-0 draw.
Baylor reached the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals last year, defeating Rice, Notre Dame and defending NCAA champs USC in the tournament.
“Even though there were no goals it was a pretty exciting end to the game for all of the fans that came out,” said head coach John Hedlund. “You had two outstanding teams really going at it for 90 minutes. We need to work on a few areas but overall I was very proud of our team’s work rate throughout the match and staying within our system of play.”
North Texas, who had one of the most explosive offenses in the country last year, finishing the season with the fourth-highest shot attempt per match average, outshot the Bears by one on Saturday with 14 attempts.
In the match’s final five minutes, UNT picked up the intensity on both sides of the field and put the pressure on the Bears, nearly scoring on a couple of opportunities.
Mean Green forwards Aaliyah Nolan and Taylor Torres had the team’s two best scoring opportunities on Saturday. Nolan had a couple rocket shots just miss high while Torres nearly scored on a back-heel shot coming off a cross, however it was saved by the Baylor goalie.
In goal for the Mean Green on Saturday was transfer Kelsey Brann. The Tulsa transfer played all 90 minutes of the three-period scrimmage and played exceptional. Baylor finished with 13 shots attempts. They did almost score on a scrum around the North Texas net but the crossbar saved the Mean Green from the goal.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday April 7 at 2 p.m. versus Midwestern State.
The scrimmage will be followed by the program’s alumni game at roughly 4 p.m.