DENTON (10/13/02) - Sophomore Melinda Pina and Junior Marilyn Marin both scored hat tricks to power the North Texas soccer team past Middle Tennessee 6-0 at the Mean Green Soccer Complex to snap the North Texas (9-4, 3-2) three game losing streak. The two hat tricks are the third time in school history that North Texas has had multiple hat tricks in one game. Pina's hat trick is the first in her career while Marin notched her fourth hat trick of the season and eight of her career.
"Marilyn and Melinda both played outstanding today," said North Texas Head Coach John Hedlund. "We had a 2-0 lead at the half and we had to redeem ourselves after Friday night. We went right after them and got a quick goal to start the second half and it became a domino affect after that".
Going into a fierce wind to start the game, Pina started the scoring off for North Texas with her fourth goal of the season in the 9th minute. Marin extended the Mean Green lead to 2-0 right before the half with a break away goal in the 43rd minute. Marin also continued her point streak, which now sits at ten straight games with a point for North Texas. Pina finished off her hat trick with two straight goals to start the second half, the first on in the 47th minute and the second in the 52nd minute from the top of the box to make it 4-0 North Texas.
Marin got her hat trick with two more goals in the second half just two minutes apart. The first one coming on a free kick from 15 yards out and the second one from the right side of the box 10 yards. Marin now has a conference leading 18 goals on the season, surpassing her 15 goals from last season and putting her third all-time for goals in a season.
Goalkeeper Erin Johnson picked up her sixth win of the year by making nine saves and pitching a combined shutout with Brianna Morris who played the final 25 minutes of the game, making two saves.
North Texas now begins a three-game road trip starting October 18 against Louisiana-Lafayette.
MT 0 0
NT 2 4
Goals: NT, Pina (Cordon) 9:00, NT, Marin (Cordon) 42:56, NT, Pina (Marin) 47:52, NT, Pina (Bibb) 51:56, NT, Marin 62:33, NT, Marin (Bibb) 65:03.
Shots-MT 16, NT 17
Corner Kicks- MT 6, NT 1
Goalkeeper Saves- MT 3, NT 11
Fouls- MT 11, NT 8