Soccer Drops Rare Home Loss To UTSA

DENTON, Texas (9/7/08) After coming off an emotional overtime victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, the Mean Green soccer team suffered a rare home defeat Sunday afternoon, dropping 1-0 to the UTSA Roadrunners. The loss was only their fifth at home in the last nine seasons.

Freshman forward Taylor Padia was responsible for the lone goal of the afternoon in the 43rd minute, beating North Texas’ Mandy Hall in front of the box with the assist coming from Jodi Leroy.

“We need to score more goals,” North Texas head coach John Hedlund said. “Even against Oklahoma we had opportunities to score more. Today we had several opportunities and didn’t take advantage of the shots we had. It came back to haunt us.”

The Mean Green (3-1) outshot UTSA (3-3) 17-7 and had quite a few scoring opportunities but UTSA goalkeeper Nicoline Joergensen was up to the challenge making seven saves.

Kelli Lunsford, who was the hero from Friday night, led North Texas with five shots and two on goal while forward Kelsey Perlman had three shots. Hall had four saves and took the loss.

Just as in the Oklahoma game, Hedlund went to his bench at the end of the first period but that was when UTSA and Oklahoma scored their goals. After the contest, Hedlund spoke about trying to find some added punch from the bench to help ease the load on his starters.

“The starters can’t go all 90 minutes, we need our bench to step up,” he said. “That Oklahoma game took a lot out of us and we were pretty drained today.”

North Texas will try and get back on track next Friday when they host East Tennessee State before traveling to Lamar on Sunday.



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