DENTON, Texas (9/12/08) The Mean Green offense put forth their best offensive effort of the season Friday evening as junior midfielder Kendall Juett scored twice and helped lead North Texas to a 4-1 win over East Tennessee State (2-3) at the North Texas Soccer Field.
The four goals, a season high for North Texas, came one game after being shutout 1-0 by UTSA last weekend. North Texas (4-1) also scored two goals in the first half, marking another first for the season and the final score was also their biggest lead of the season.
“We play best when our offense is going and it was working tonight,” North Texas head coach John Hedlund said. “When we’re scoring it makes everyone’s job easier.”
The reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week Kellie Lunsford carried her momentum into Friday’s game, scoring the first goal of the evening in the 16th minute on yet another long kick from 35 yards out at the top of the box, her third goal of the season. Then right before the half in the 39th minute, Juett scored off a direct kick that bounced off the top of the cross bar and rolled through.
These two goals proved to be all the momentum North Texas needed despite allowing a goal in the 50th minute to ETSU. The Buccaneers’ Genna Petersen dribbled the ball up field, split two North Texas defenders, and dished out a pass to Jessica Huntington who shot the ball past Mandy Hall.
However, North Texas would respond quickly and take a comfortable 3-1 lead when in the 55th minute freshman Kara Brooks scored her first career goal on an assist from Kelsey Perlman, her first of the season as well.
Juett then put the finishing touch on a solid evening by turning around an ETSU defender and delivering a booming kick in the back corner past Megan Masch for the final 4-1 margin. For Juett it was her second goal of the contest and her 24th of her career, but most importantly it gave North Texas a much needed win after a disappointing loss last week at home.
“This was a really big game for us,” Juett said. “This gives us some momentum going into Sunday and the rest of the season. Not only was it a good win, but it was great in the way we did it by scoring the goals.”
For the fifth straight contest North Texas outshot their opponents, this time by a 14-7 margin. Next up for the Mean Green will Sunday’s home contest against Lamar. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Beaumont but due to weather conditions from Hurricane Ike the game was moved to North Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.