WACO, Texas (9/19/08) The North Texas soccer team made it a perfect 2-for-2 this season against schools from the Big 12 by defeating the Baylor Bears 2-0 Friday evening in Waco. Earlier this season, North Texas knocked off the Oklahoma Sooners in a 3-2 overtime thriller. In what was the final non-conference game of the season, the Mean Green helped secure the win by jumping out to a 2-0 first half lead, tied for their biggest of the season.
“This was a great win, this isn’t an easy place to play,” North Texas head coach John Hedlund said. “I couldn’t be happier or prouder than the way we played tonight. It really was a team effort. We got the goals we needed early and the defense just played tremendous the rest of the way.”
Senior forward Brittany Cleveland put North Texas on the board first when she scored in the 14h minute off a free kick and an assist from Kendall Juett. The goal was Cleveland’s second in as many games after she had been shutout the first five games of the season.
Later in the 27th minute, freshman forward Kelsey Perlman took over the team lead in goals with her fourth of the season, this one coming from 25 yards out and giving North Texas a comfortable 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
In what was the first road game of the season, the Mean Green came out with a determined attitude from the get go. “I wasn’t quite sure how we’d react away from our field but it was tremendous the way we came out and set the tempo and scored those early goals,” Hedlund said. “Defensively we looked really sharp. This is a real good win and should give us some added confidence going into conference play.”
North Texas outshot Baylor 12-11 and shots on goal were six to three respectively. Thus far through seven games the Mean Green has outshot their opponents in every contest.
The two teams would play to a scoreless second half as North Texas goalkeeper Mandy Hall posted her third shutout of the season by collecting three saves.
North Texas will open conference play next Friday, Sept. 26 when they travel to Louisiana-Lafayette to take on the Ragin’ Cajuns. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.