DENTON, Tex. (10/2/05) Sophomore forward Dani Slavonic scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the North Texas women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over South Alabama at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. The win extends the Mean Green’s unbeaten streak to nine straight games and marks the sixth straight year that North Texas (7-2-2, 2-0) has started Sun Belt Conference play at 2-0.
“We really needed this game because you always want to protect your homefield and win at home and we were able to do that,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. “We could have played a lot better out there but this team continued to battle and we were able to find a way to win”.
Slavonic’s goal came in the fifth minute of the first overtime off a rebound shot from Gennifer Hurst in the box.
North Texas had to come from behind to get the victory as South Alabama (4-4-1, 2-2) took a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute after Sue Aherns scored from eight yards out. Sophomore Heather Hutyra evened the match up at 1-1 in the 76th minute with her 11th goal of the season on a breakaway.
Hutyra, who finished the game with eight shots, had a chance to win the game two minutes into the overtime frame but was denied by Jaguars goalkeeper Kelsie Langford from 10 yards out.
North Texas goalkeeper Kandice Ellis picked up the win after making four saves on the afternoon.
The overtime win is the first by North Texas since the 2003 season. The nine-game unbeaten streak is tied for the second longest in school history as the record is 12 games set during 1999 and 2000.
North Texas continues SBC play on the road on Oct. 7 with a game against Louisiana-Lafayette.