NT Scores Four Second-Half Goals To Win
The North Texas Mean Green used a four-goal explosion in the second half to zoom past the North Texas alumni 4-1 in the Alumni Game on Friday night.
DENTON, Texas (8/10/12) - The North Texas Mean Green used a four-goal explosion in the second half to zoom past the North Texas alumni 4-1 in an exhibition on Friday night.
Former North Texas standout Kendall Juett, who played for head coach John Hedlund from 2006-09, opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when she took a pass from the school's all-time leading scorer, Marilyn Marin, and put one past Mean Green goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine.
But Juett's goal turned out to be the first and only alumni shot of the game. In fact, the Mean Green outshot the alumni 20-1 for the game.
The game was played using normal collegiate soccer rules, but with one exception: 40-minute halves.
Heading into halftime trailing 1-0, the Mean Green didn't waste any time tying the game. Freshman Jackie Moreau scored off a corner kick in the 43rd minute despite dealing with a crowd of Mean Green and alumni in the box.
Another freshman, Amber Haggerty, scored in the 58th minute after senior midfielder Carly McDowell's initial shot rang off the post. The ball deflected toward senior Michelle Young, who zipped a pass to a wide-open Haggerty.
Just moments later, Young scored the Mean Green's third goal of the game in the 61st minute. The senior broke free from the alumni defense on the right side of the field before sending a successful shot just inside the far post.
The freshman goal-scoring theme continued in the 64th minute when Karla Pineda, who picked up the only assist on Young's goal, put home the Mean Green's fourth goal after fighting for the ball against two alumni players.
North Texas opens the season on Fri., August 17, on the road against Oral Roberts.