DENTON, Texas (10/9/09) - On a festive chilly night that belonged to seniors Kendall Juett, Kelli Lunsford and Lauren Shockey, the Mean Green made sure to send them out in style.
North Texas sophomore forward Kelsey Perlman scored two goals and freshman midfielder Ellen Scarfone added another as the Mean Green soccer team ran their unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-0 win over the South Alabama Jaguars Friday evening.
"This win was for the seniors tonight," Hedlund said. "They have done so much for the program, not just on the field but off the field as well. It was important everyone did their job to make this a special night for Kendall, Kelli and Shockey."
As for the game itself the Mean Green jumped on the Jaguars early and never looked back. Perlman scored her third goal of the season only 5:37 into the contest when she directed a high bouncing ball up and over the head of goalkeeper Katie Berry to give North Texas a 1-0 lead.
Then out of halftime defender Hannah Crawford found Scarfone in front of the box, and after a bit of a collision with Berry, Scarfone had an easy chip shot for her third goal of the season.
Perlman would add her fourth goal of the season and second of the game in the 80th minute when she showed off her speed even in the mud to fire a shot that ricocheted off the right post and back across and in to put North Texas up by the final score of 3-0.
"We talked before the game how we may never have a team like this again with the combination of seniors and young players," Perlman said. "Those seniors have carried us all season and throughout their careers. They've helped me see what I'm playing for now."
Before the game all three seniors were honored with plaques and were recognized for their contributions throughout their careers at North Texas. The players then returned the favor as the team Hedlund a commemorative game ball from his 200th career victory earlier in the season that was signed by the team.
"It was great to get a win tonight and get off to a good start for the weekend," Juett said. "It was a different type of feeling being honored before the game. It's amazing how fast four years fly by. We tried to enjoy it though and shared some laughs."
For North Texas it was their sixth shutout of the season and fourth win out of their last five games. They will get back to the field Sunday afternoon when they host Troy at 1 p.m. in the home finale.