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North Texas soccer downs Rice to open C-USA play

North Texas soccer downs Rice to open C-USA play

September 19
10:46 2016

In its first Conference USA game of the season, Mean Green soccer team came back to win 2-1 against rival Rice University. The teams were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively during preseason.

It was a tight game, and scoring began quickly with a converted penalty kick by the Owls (6-3-1) in the eighth minute.

North Texas (6-3-1) responded with a goal of its own just 16 minutes later, when senior forward Rachel Holden scored. Her header was assisted by senior midfielder Marchelle Davis.

“Rice is our top rival and it was our first conference game,” Holden said. “We were all super motivated and going down 1-0 didn’t really affect us. It just motivated us to get the next goal.”

The Mean Green recorded nine shots on goal to Rice’s two. For the majority of the match, North Texas was able to play wide and send in crosses, often a focal point for this team.

In the 47th minute, a cross from sophomore forward Taylor Torres found Holden, and she found the back of the net for what would be the game-winner.

“Our energy was good,” Holden said. “We kept the ball a little more in their third. I feel like on the opportunities we did have, we kept our composure and they just went in today.”

Defensively, the Mean Green were once again stout, allowing two shots on goal after conceding their lone goal.

The two center backs, senior Alexsis Cable and sophomore Carissa Sanders, played all 90 minutes and were able to block and deflect several of the Owls’ shots.

“We stayed marked up, and we stayed tight,” Sanders said. “When necessary, we cleared balls and connected. Everybody was one unit.”

The team accrued four yellow cards over the course of the game, which luckily did not cost them a player.

North Texas players attributed the cards to a disgruntled referee.

“I think we were aggressive, but I also think the ref was just giving out cards,” Sanders said “I got a yellow on my first foul of the game. We played aggressively but not to the point where he had to give out all of those cards.”

Regardless of the cards, the team got the result it was looking for in Houston.

“I was impressed with how well these girls fought,” assistant coach Daniel Dobson said. “These girls are warriors and they showed it tonight.”

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Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

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

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