BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (11/5/03)- The North Texas women's soccer team cruised into the semifinals of the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Tournament with a 10-1 victory over Arkansas State in Bowling Green. The Mean Green exploded for eight second half goals to pull away from the Indians en route to a tournament record 10 goals. The Mean Green (14-5-1) advance to Thursday's semifinals where they will face No. 3 Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m.
Senior forward Marilyn Marin and freshman Melissa Chapman both recorded hat tricks as five different players had goals for the Mean Green. Marin's hat trick is the 11th of her career while Chapman collects her first.
"I'm really happy with the way we played in the second half," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "Hopefully we can continue this level of play and have a lot of success the rest of the tournament".
Marin, the two-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, started the scoring off for North Texas with a goal in the 18th minute and Melinda Pina extended the North Texas lead to 2-0 three minutes later with her 20th goal of the season.
Arkansas State cut the North Texas lead to 2-1 heading into halftime with a goal from Lyndsie Stephens. The second half turned into a disaster for the Indians as Marin scored her second goal of the night in 49th minute to make 3-1. Angela Hawkins netted her first goal of the season in the 59th minute to extend the lead to 4-1 and only five minutes later Career Ridenour scored her first goal of the season to make it 5-1 North Texas.
Marin capped off the evening with her 22nd goal of the season in the 71st minute as North Texas would tally four goals over the next eight minutes. Highlighting the scoring spree was Chapman's first goal of the night at 75:05 and only 13 seconds later Taffy Harmon scored to give North Texas an 8-1 lead. Chapman closed out the scoring with two more goals in the final 10 minutes to give her the hat trick.
The 10 goals are the most scored by North Texas in a single game since the 2000 season.