North Texas Daily

Mean Green soccer holds off Marshall in championship rematch

Mean Green soccer holds off Marshall in championship rematch

North Texas senior midfielder Marchelle Davis (11) moves a ball past a Marshall defender on September 22. Dylan Nadwodny

Mean Green soccer holds off Marshall in championship rematch
September 22
22:59 2016

In their second Conference USA game on Thursday night, Mean Green soccer once again rebounded from an early deficit to grab a 3-1 win over Marshall University.

North Texas (7-3-1, 2-0-0) came out with a flurry of shots against the Thundering Herd (2-5-2, 0-2-0) in the opening minutes that were either saved, hit the crossbar or cleared off the goal line.

“In the first seven minutes we had four or five great opportunities,” head coach John Hedlund said. “If I’m disappointed in anything, [it’s that] we had a lot of chances to put them away, and we didn’t do it.”

North Texas senior forward Rachel Holden (16) sneaks the ball past Marshall freshman defender Marah Abu-Tayeh (6) on September 22. Dylan Nadwodny

North Texas senior forward Rachel Holden (16) sneaks the ball past Marshall freshman defender Marah Abu-Tayeh (6) on Thursday. Dylan Nadwodny

While Hedlund was frustrated with his team’s inability to convert on their chances, he was thrilled with the performance of senior forward Hailey Sutton. Sutton entered the game in the 28th minute, and energized the team from the moment she set foot on the pitch.

Eight minutes after coming in, Sutton scored the equalizing goal after a few shots were launched at the Marshall keeper. Sutton later drew a penalty in the 77th minute that senior midfielder Marchelle Davis scored, giving the team its third goal of the game and breathing room.

“I’ve been working really hard at practice,” Sutton said. “I had kind of a rough beginning of the season and I’m finding my stride and doing what I do best, [which is] working hard, running fast and scoring.”

In the first half, North Texas brought on 10 reserves while Marshall failed to make one change. In the second half, the depth proved to be overwhelming as the Mean Green took charge and did not allow a single shot on goal.

“We have such strength at each position on the field that anyone can come on and be successful,” Sutton said. “And because we have that high skill [off the bench], that’s why we’re wearing teams down.”

Freshman defender Dominique James has now started the last five games for the team on defense, however, she does not stay there for long. Either by design or freelancing run, James pushes up the field with her tremendous speed to put pressure on the opposing defense.

She assisted on the second goal for the team by doing just that and shooting a shot saved by the keeper that senior forward Rachel Holden eventually converted. As arguably the fastest player on the team, she is tremendously versatile for Hedlund.

“I know [my speed] definitely helps us up top,” James said. “And in the back I can keep up with certain people. [Then] I try to get those balls over the top and run onto them like I did in the second half.”

As the team extends their conference home winning streak to 33, they seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time of the season. North Texas outshot Marshall 8-1 in shots on goal and 29-6 overall.

“I think our defense has been really strong,” James said. “We’ve all been connected, even with the subs that come on we all work really hard and have good combinations. And for the forwards,  we’re definitely doing better connecting than we did in the preseason.”

North Texas junior forward Cat Sebazco (2) battles for the ball against freshman defender Marah Abu-Tayeh (6) of Marshall on September 22. Dylan Nadwodny

North Texas junior forward Cat Sebazco (2) battles for the ball against freshman defender Marah Abu-Tayeh (6) of Marshall on Thursday. Dylan Nadwodny

In a rematch of last year’s C-USA championship game, both sides came out with a sense of urgency and played a physical game.

And the Mean Green got the better of the Thundering Herd yet again.

“[Marshall] is a very good team,” Hedlund said. “The intensity level was a lot like the final last year, but the two teams are a little bit different.”

Featured Image: North Texas senior midfielder Marchelle Davis (11) moves a ball past a Marshall defender on Thursday. Dylan Nadwodny

About Author

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

Related Articles

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

There are no comments at the moment, do you want to add one?

Write a comment

Write a Comment

Search Bar

Sidebar Thumbnails Ad

Twitter Feed

North Texas Daily @ntdaily
NEWS: SGA appoints new senators amidst campus-wide decrease in student participation📝@IleanaGarnand 📸@JohnAndersontx https://t.co/PzT6fogQaw
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
@BrookeColombo: Total number of active cases have decreased this week. The total does not account for recovered cases. While student cases are down, teacher cases have increased. @ntdaily #UNT https://t.co/zCp7YvTdCa
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
The Last Draft Podcast returns with @thereal_Suarez & @bekah899 North Texas soccer savant @ElleMarie_DeF! Listen as we talk about calculus, physics, coding, C++, differential equations and engineering, you know, just a normal over the table conversation! 🖼️@AustinBanzon https://t.co/i7RxacnhJr
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
@parallelfox: If you go to #UNT - just want to let you know that the @ntdaily is always open to writers, photographers and artists. The content being created by our university newspaper is too good. Join the paper - & you don’t even have to be a journalism major either 🤖
h J R

Sidebar Bottom Block Ad

Flytedesk Ad

Instagram