DALLAS, Texas (9/3/09) - The North Texas soccer team struggled to put the ball in the net for a third straight contest and unlike the first two games, the Mean Green suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of the SMU Mustangs Friday evening in Dallas.
The Mean Green (2-1) managed to outshoot the Mustangs 12-8 but the difference was a goal by SMU's Kenzie Scovill in the 9th minute of the game. For SMU (1-2) it was their first win of the season.
Scovil, a Lewisville, Texas native, scored her first collegiate goal of her career on a loose ball in front of the net that she directed in the corner away from North Texas goalkeeper Mandy Hall. It was the first goal Hall has allowed all season.
Freshmen Ellen Scarfone and Michelle Young led the Mean Green with four shots a piece and Kendall Juett and Kelli Lunsford had two shots respectively.
"It's tough when you control most of the game and you outshoot your opponent on their home field and come away with a loss," North Texas head coach John Hedlund said. "We just have to do a better job of finishing our chances in front of the goal. We had plenty tonight where we should have walked out of here with a win but unfortunately the ball isn't going in for us right now."
Hedlund will now have to wait an extra weekend at least before he can claim his 200th career victory (198 currently).
The Mean Green will look to get back in the win column this Sunday when they host Big 12 state counterpart Texas Tech. That game will get underway at 1 p.m. at the North Texas Soccer Field.