Perlman's Header The Difference In 1-0 Victory Over Aggies
North Texas' defense shined once again and sophomore forward Kelsey Perlman's header proved to be the difference in a shutout win over New Mexico State.
DENTON, Texas (8/30/09) - For a second straight game the North Texas soccer team scored early and was able to hang on the rest of the way. Mean Green sophomore forward Kelsey Perlman scored her first goal of the season off a header, leading North Texas to a 1-0 victory over New Mexico State Sunday afternoon at the North Texas Soccer Field.
The Mean Green defense was superb yet again, allowing only seven shots and goalkeeper Mandy Hall made seven saves en route to a second straight shutout. She is now all alone in second place in school history with 10 shutouts for her career.
"I thought the defense played well the entire weekend getting their second shutout and they are a big reason our record is 2-0," North Texas head coach John Hedlund said. "Offensively we need more work finding the chemistry between the players and finishing our chances in front of the goal. But I'm confident we'll get there."
This was a contest that became very chippy from the get-go. New Mexico State had 15 fouls compared to five from North Texas. There were also four yellow cards, two of which were on the Mean Green (Kendall Juett and Dani Watson).
North Texas had a staggering advantage in shots (22-7) and was led by Perlman's five. Sunday's lone goal came early on when the Aggies were whistled for a foul. Freshman midfielder Ellen Scarfone proceeded to kick a nice lofty ball towards the top of the net, giving Perlman a chance to redirect with her head and into the back corner of the net.
The victory was Hedlund's 198th career win. He will have an opportunity to reach the 200-win plateau next weekend with a game at SMU on Friday and then will be back at home Sunday against Texas Tech.
Friday's game against SMU is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff.