DENTON, Tex. (9/16/05) Sophomore goalkeeper Kandice Ellis made five saves and junior Kristen Campbell scored her fourth goal in as many games to power the North Texas (5-2-1) women’s soccer team past the Rice Owls 1-0 at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.
The win extends the Mean Green’s unbeaten streak to six straight games, the longest unbeaten streak for North Texas since the 2001 season.
“It’s a big win for us. We went into the game hoping to keep it close and we were able to do just that,” North Texas head coach John Hedlund said. “They (Rice) played a very strong game and they have a lot of speed and kept coming at us in the second half, but it was still a good win for us”.
In a very tight match from the beginning, Rice out-shot North Texas 16-10, but Ellis kept the Owls (4-3) off the board with five saves and now has a scoreless streak of 157 minutes without allowing a goal.
Campbell scored the only goal of the game in the 27th minute of the first half.
Campbell capitalized on a Rice turnover in its own end and buried a shot from the top of the box from 15 yards out to make it 1-0.
North Texas had a chance to extend its lead to 2-0 in the 41st minute of the first half, but Julie Radford’s shot sailed just wide of the Owl net.
Rice out-shot North Texas 9-6 in the second half, but Ellis made two key saves for North Texas late in the game to preserve the 1-0 win.
North Texas has now won for the 41st time in its last 47 home games.
The Mean Green return to action on Sunday afternoon with a road game at Houston