DENTON, Tex. (8/31/07) In the first game of the season it was a night of seconds for the North Texas women’s soccer team. Powered by Gennifer Hurst and Veronica Ayala’s first half goals the Mean Green (1-0) got past TWU 2-0 at the North Texas Soccer Field.
The tallies by Ayala and Hurst are the second career goals for both players. It a very defensive game, North Texas outshot the Pioneers 24-3 but TWU goalkeeper Aly Vincent made 13 saves on the night to keep things close.
“They made it very tough on us tonight but you have to give their keeper some credit because she played extremely well tonight,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund.
Ayala scored the first goal of the night on a service from Kendall Juett. The pass came off a free kick 25 yards out that Ayala deflected past Vincent to make it 1-0 North Texas. Hurst added the second goal of the night for the Mean Green in the 27th minute of play on a loose ball in the box.
TWU had its best scoring chance in the 36th minute of play when Natalie Grant was stopped by North Texas keeper Kandice Ellis from 10 yards out. Ellis made three saves on the night to notch her 13th career shutout, which moves her into second place all-time at North Texas.
North Texas returns to action on Sunday when as they host UTEP at 1 p.m. at the North Texas Soccer Field.