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Mean Green soccer team loses physical match at home

Mean Green soccer team loses physical match at home

Mean Green soccer team loses physical match at home
September 23
09:43 2013

John Lugo / Staff Writer

In a match that had the players, coaches and fans on both sides yelling over calls made by the referees, the Mean Green soccer team lost 2-1 in overtime against Oklahoma State University.

A combined 52 fouls were called, including a season-high 28 for UNT. Nine yellow cards and two red cards were called by the refs in the 93 minutes of action, resulting in OSU head coach Colin Carmichael and defender Kelsey Bass being ejected from the game.

“It’s disappointing losing this game in overtime,” head coach John Hedlund said in a press release. “Nevertheless, I’m proud of my girls. They battled all night, and the way this game ended really stings.”

Midway through the second half, freshman forward Rachel Holden scored the only UNT goal to raise her season total to ten. Despite the loss, Holden is already looking forward to the next game and focusing on any way to help put points on the board.

“I always compete with myself and try to get more goals and try to be the top goal scorer,” Holden said. “I know there some players with at least 11 so I’m trying to get there.”

OSU midfielder Allie Stephenson scored the first goal of the game with less than ten minutes left in the first half and was eventually followed with the overtime goal by forward Krissi Killion, ending UNT sophomore goalkeeper Haley Riley’s shutout streak at four games. They were the first goals she had allowed since taking over for junior Jackie Kerestine, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury at the start of the month.

Senior defender Kelsey Hodges said while she believes the refs affected the game too much, it’s important to keep composure and just be ready for the physicality that can come with any game.

“The ref tried to keep it as calm as he could. I disagreed with a few [calls] but that’s how the game is played,” Hodges said. “You just kind of have to go with the flow and manage your mental toughness on that side of the call.”

While losing a tough game hurts for the players, senior forward Vanessa Ibewuike said there’s no time to sulk over the loss and the team must focus on preparing for the next game.

“Every time you lose a game it’s going to sting that night, but we have to get back to work,” Ibewuike said. “As long as we do well in conference and win the conference, that’s better than winning one game.”

A game against No. 9 Baylor scheduled for last Friday was cancelled due to inclement weather and poor field conditions. Next weekend, the team will start conference play on Friday against the University of Southern Mississippi.

Senior forward Vanessa Ibewuike controls the ball during practice Wednesday afternoon. -Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer 

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