Mean Green March Onto The Semifinals With 2-1 Win Over South Alabama MIAMI, Fla. (11/3/04)- Freshman midfielder Dani Slavonic scored with three minutes remaining to lift the North Texas (14-5-1) women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over South Alabama in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
MIAMI, Fla. (11/3/04)- Freshman midfielder Dani Slavonic scored with three minutes remaining to lift the North Texas (14-5-1) women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over South Alabama in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The win sends North Texas into the semifinals of the SBC Tournament for the fifth consecutive year where they will face off with the Denver Pioneers tomorrow at
Slavonic’s goal, her 1st of the season, came in the 87th minute of play off a pass from senior forward Melinda Pina to break the 1-1 tie.
“She was definitely due,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. “She has had a lot of near-misses lately, and this is obviously the biggest goal of her young career. Give a lot of credit to South Alabama, but even though we had a lot of chances, we felt we could get one if we kept pressuring the goal. We didn’t give up, didn’t get frustrated and got it done.”
North Texas jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of play when senior forward Elaine Bacchus scored her third goal of the season off a corner kick from Kelly Adkins. The Jaguars tied the game at 1-1 in the 33rd minute of play in the first half when Kelly Tarrant scored from 15 yards.
North Texas came out in the second half with a flurry in the first five minutes. The Mean Green had three shots on goal and Bacchus had one shot hit the crossbar in the 50th minute. South Alabama had its best chance to take the lead in the 67th minute of play but North Texas goalkeeper Briana Buchanan came up with two crucial saves to keep the game tied.
Buchanan made three saves on the day as North Texas out shot the Jaguars 19-8.
North Texas has lost the only meeting of the season with Denver this season 3-0. The Mean Green will be looking to avenge three consecutive losses to the Pioneers that have come in the SBC Championship game the past three seasons.