Ellis Makes 13 Saves As North Texas And SMU Battle To A Tie

DENTON, Tex. (9/3/06) Junior goalkeeper Kandice Ellis dazzled the crowd as she made 13 saves to preserve a 0-0 tie between the North Texas women’s soccer team and SMU. Ellis made three saves in the double overtime period including one in the final 30 seconds of play to keep the game scoreless.


North Texas (2-0-1) remains unbeaten on the year and extends its home-unbeaten streak to 16 games. The 13 saves by Ellis are a career-high and tie for the fourth most in school history. Both regionally ranked teams had multiple chances to score throughout the match and into overtime.


In the 37th minute of play North Texas had a chance to take a lead as freshman Kendall Juett had her initial shot saved by SMU (2-1-1) goalkeeper Ashley Gunter. Sophomore Brittany Cleveland followed up Juett’s shot with one of her own on the rebound, but fired it just high of the net.


The Mean Green had its best chance to score in the second overtime period. Following an SMU foul, junior Heather Hutyra had a free kick from 20 yards out on the right side. She rifled a shot that hit the crossbar and ricochet out, keeping the game scoreless.


SMU nearly won the game with less than 30 seconds to play in the double overtime frame.


Kirsten Moran’s shot from the top of the North Texas box was saved by Ellis, but the rebound went right in front to SMU’s Kimber Bailey who headed the ball over the net from point blank range with 20 seconds left.


SMU outshot the Mean Green 27-10 in the match.


North Texas returns to action Friday, Sept. 8 with a road match at Nebraska followed up by a neutral site game with nationally ranked USC.





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