DENTON, Texas (9/11/09) - On a night where the rain would not stop, neither would the smiles. North Texas freshman forward Michelle Young's first career multi-goal game proved to be the difference in a 2-1 victory over the Baylor Bears Friday night at the North Texas Soccer Field, giving Mean Green head coach John Hedlund his 200th career win in front of over 500-rain soaked fans.
Hedlund, who has compiled the 13th best winning percentage all-time, was dumped with Powerade as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
"Well it was another outstanding win this year against a very solid Baylor team," Hedlund said. "I knew going in it was going to be tough, especially with my two starting center backs out for this game but Hannah Crawford stepped up big and ran the backline and Michelle Young came through huge and scored two great goals. I'm very proud of my team's overall performance, it was a total team effort and obviously the 200 wins means so much to me especially reaching that number by beating a very worthy opponent in Baylor."
The game began with a bang for the Mean Green when Young scored just two minutes into the contest on Kendall Juett's second assist of the season. For Young it marked the second straight game in which she scored a goal.
Five minutes later a lightning strike delayed the game for almost 45 minutes. Baylor came back after the break and went to work offensively, outshooting North Texas 10-0 into the half. One of those shots came in the 18th minute off the foot Lotto Smith and past goalkeeper Mandy Hall for the game-tying goal, Smith's third of the season.
North Texas would turn to Young once again early in the second half when in the 49th minute the freshman from Mesquite, Texas beat her defender and fired a shot from 20 yards out that smacked the back corner of the net, proving to be the game-winner.
The Mean Green was solid on defense once again and was even without the services of starters Kara Brooks (facial injury) and Lauren Shockey (ankle). Junior goalkeeper Mandy Hall turned in perhaps her best performance of the season with eight saves, including two huge stops in the game's final three minutes.
Baylor (3-1-2) actually outshot the Mean Green 18-9, marking the first time this season that North Texas did not have more shots than their opponent. For North Texas the win over Baylor was the fourth straight victory over a Big 12 opponent over the last two seasons and the third over Baylor in school history.
North Texas will turn around and play Saturday morning at 11 a.m. when they host Prairie View (0-4) at the North Texas Soccer Field.