North Texas One Win Away From The NCAA Tournament After 3-0 Victory Over Denver

MIAMI, Fla. (11/4/04) In dominating fashion the North Texas women’s soccer team defeated the Denver Pioneers 3-0 to advance to the Sun Belt Conference Championship game for the fifth consecutive year.


The Mean Green (15-5-1) will face the fourth-seeded Florida International Golden Panthers (7-11-1) on Saturday at Noon with the winner earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.


Denver has always been a thorn in our side, so obviously it feels good,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. “They are just a really good program, and we knew it would take a complete effort to beat them. It’s just hard to single out a player because everybody just played phenomenal.”


Senior Alyssa Carrier started the scoring off for North Texas in the 29th minute with her fifth goal of the season. Carrier beat Pioneer’s goalkeeper Danielle Wiley off a rebound after having her initial shot stopped. North Texas maintained a 1-0 lead at the half after out shooting the Pioneers 12-4 in the first half.


The Mean Green then proceeded to seized control of the game for good in the first three minutes of the second half. Freshman forward Heather Hutyra scored her sixth goal of the season from 10 yards out in the 46th minute of play to make it 2-0.


Senior Melinda Pina followed up with her 10th goal of the season just 90 seconds later on a breakaway to give North Texas a 3-0 lead in the 48th minute of play.


Junior goalkeeper Briana Buchanan made four saves and set a new single-season school record for shutouts as she notched her ninth of the year


The win by North Texas, its 15th of the year, ties the single-season school record for wins set in 2000 and 2003.


North Texas advances to face FIU in the SBC Championship game which will be a rematch of the 2000 title game that saw FIU win 3-1. The Mean Green has never won the SBC Tournament Championship and are looking to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.


North Texas has won the only meeting this season with FIU, a 1-0 win last Sunday at home, but the Golden Panthers are the host team and have not lost at home this season.  



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