DENTON, Texas (8/31/08) North Texas improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 1-0 shutout over the Xavier (0-2) Musketeers Sunday afternoon at the North Texas Soccer Field.
After a quiet first half, North Texas finally got on the scoreboard in the 38th minute when senior defender Gennifer Hurst scored her first goal of the season off a perfect long field pass from Kendall Juett, who was credited with her first assist of the season.
Overall the Mean Green outshot Xavier 16-2 and had several other opportunities to score, including a goal that was taken away from Brittany Cleveland late in the game but was called off due to a controversial offsides penalty. Despite some missed opportunities, North Texas head coach John Hedlund feels like his young team is coming around.
“We're still trying to get the chemistry right offensively but the most important thing is that we won the game and we started the young season 2-0," Hedlund said. "I'm confident that the goals will come but give credit to Xavier's defense. They made it really tough on us today and their keeper played outstanding.”
A lot of credit had to go to the defense, who for the second consecutive game allowed less than five shots and have allowed only six total on the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Mandy Hall had only one save thanks in part to the defense of the backline.
“Our defense was a lot better than they were on Friday night (against Louisiana Tech),” Hedlund said. “Anytime you can shutout Xavier you’ve had a good day. We rotated a lot of players in today and our depth paid off.”
With the two wins this weekend, North Texas continues their dominance at home, improving to 64-4-5 over the past nine seasons. Next up for the Mean Green will be a clash with the Oklahoma Sooners on Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the North Texas Soccer Field.