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Soccer defeats Western Kentucky to remain undefeated in Conference USA play

Soccer defeats Western Kentucky to remain undefeated in Conference USA play

October 01
17:23 2017

The Mean Green soccer team (7-2-2) defeated Conference USA rival Western Kentucky University 1-0 (3-7-1) on the road to remain unbeaten in C-USA play Sunday afternoon.

The victory is the fifth straight for the Mean Green over the Hilltoppers since 2012.

North Texas has opened C-USA play 2-0-1, and has played all of its C-USA games on the road. Head coach John Hedlund knows how fortunate the team is to be undefeated three games into the schedule.

“It is never easy to have your first three conference games on the road, especially against quality opponents,” Hedlund said. “Getting through these three games without a loss will give us confidence as we have five of our last seven games at home.”

Junior forward Taylor Torres scored the only goal of the game for the Mean Green with 1:10 left in the first half off an assist from freshman Brooke Lampe on a free kick. It was Torres’ fifth goal of the season.

“I feel the offense played well today,” Torres said. “I feel we had a lot of opportunities to score, but we just did not finish them.”

North Texas out shot the Hilltoppers 11-9 and had more shots on goal (4-3) as well.

Junior goalkeeper Brooke Bradley stopped three official shots, but was blocking attempts on corners and crosses throughout the game. As well as Bradley played, she and the other Mean Green defenders have continued to elevate their game in conference play.

“Our defense played outstanding today,” Bradley said. “The defense did not want them to score no matter what.”

The Mean Green usually run a formation with four defenders, but switched it up for most of this game with three players on the back line. Sophomores Dominique James and Brittnye Lawson and junior Carissa Sanders played the whole game, stopping the Hilltoppers from converting any scoring opportunities.

The Mean Green have allowed just one goal in their last 380 minutes of play.

“We were holding them, our body language and everything was good,” Bradley said. ” The three that I had in front of me were outstanding today.”

Next up: The Mean Green host the University of Texas at El Paso at 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 6.

Featured Image: North Texas junior goalkeeper Brooke Bradley celebrates after North Texas scored a goal in a game against Indiana University on Sept. 10. North Texas defeated Indiana University 3-2. Sara Carpenter

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