Youth Is Served In Mean Green 2-0 Victory Over Ragin Cajuns

DENTON, Texas (9/25/09) – After three straight shutout losses, the Mean Green soccer team got back in the win column and they picked the right time to do so. Goals from freshmen Ellen Scarfone and Carly McDowell enabled North Texas to jump out to a 1-0 record in Sun Belt Conference play as they defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 2-0 Friday evening at the North Texas Soccer Field.

North Texas outshot the Ragin Cajuns by a wide-margin of 31-3 and 10-1 shots on goal, the most shots attempted by the Mean Green all season.

“Tonight was a great way to start Sun Belt play,” North Texas assistant coach Dani Slavonic said. “We did exactly what we needed to do. We’re proud of the way they came out with a lot of intensity.”

It had been 332 minutes of play in between the last Mean Green goal against Baylor and Carly McDowell’s go-ahead goal Friday evening against Lafayette. The goal came in the 31st minute when McDowell raced towards a loose ball in front of the net and spun around to score in the back corner of the net. It was McDowell’s second goal of her young career.

Coming out of halftime North Texas (5-4, 1-0) received another boost of youth when Scarfone took a cross from senior midfielder Kendall Juett to score her first goal of her career and give the Mean Green a demanding 2-0 lead.

The assist was Juett’s third of the season and moved her into second-place all-time in school history with 26. Marilyn Marin has the all-time mark with 39.

“We came out with a different mindset tonight and that’s to be conference champs,” Juett said. “We played good but we still had 31 shots and only converted two of those so we still have some work to do. But we attacked the right way tonight and our defense was still strong.”

The Mean Green defense was stellar yet again, limiting the Ragin Cajuns (0-8-1, 0-1) to only three shots and one on goal. Junior goalkeeper Mandy Hall picked up only one save but recorded her 11th career shutout.

North Texas will welcome in another Sun Belt foe on Sunday when they host ULM at 1 p.m.



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