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Rainy weather drenches Mean Green’s expectations

Rainy weather drenches Mean Green’s expectations

September 14
22:14 2009

By Sean Gorman / Senior Staff Writer –

Dealing with torrential rainfall all weekend, the UNT soccer team played consecutive games on Friday and Saturday, defeating Baylor University 2-1 while falling to Prairie View A&M University 1-0.

The Mean Green defeated the then-undefeated Baylor Bears on Friday night, but less than 18 hours later returned to the field to lose to the winless Prairie View A&M Panthers.

Friday against Baylor University:

Continuing its success against the Big 12 Conference, the Mean Green (4-2-0) defended its home turf with a 2-1 win against the Bears (3-1-2).

The victory was win number 200 for head coach John Hedlund, who was drenched in Powerade by the Mean Green players in celebration of the milestone.

“He’s been a great coach since the day I arrived here,” midfielder Kendall Juett, a sociology senior, said. “Knowing how dedicated he is to the game and our team only makes us want to win even more.”

A fast start gave UNT the early lead, as forward Michelle Young, an undeclared freshman, scored in the third minute off Juett’s second assist of the year.

“Well it was another outstanding win this year against a very solid Baylor team,” Hedlund said.

The Bears bounced back after a 45-minute lightning strike delay, putting pressure on the Mean Green defense by outshooting UNT 10-0 until the end of the half.

Lotto Smith evened up the score for Baylor in the 18th minute, putting her third goal of the season past goalkeeper Mandy Hall, a history junior.

Despite missing defenders Kara Brooks, an undeclared sophomore, and Lauren Shockey, a journalism senior, the Mean Green defense held strong, only allowing one goal.

“I’m very proud of my team’s overall performance. It was a total team effort and obviously the 200 wins means so much to me, especially reaching that number by beating a very worthy opponent in Baylor,” Hedlund said.

Young’s second goal in the 49th minute proved to be the difference, as the forward scored from 20 yards out to secure the lead.

“Michelle Young came through huge and scored two great goals for us,” Hedlund said.

For the first time this season the Mean Green failed to have more shots than its opponent, as the Bears outshot the team 18-9.

Saturday against Prairie A&M University:

Heavily favored to defeat the struggling Panthers (1-4-0), the Mean Green fell short of expectations and was defeated 1-0.

Downpours of rain continued throughout the contest, making the weather a factor.

UNT had plenty of opportunities, outshooting the Panthers 22-5 and 15-1 on goal with a penalty kick awarded after Juett was taken down in front of the net.

Forward Kelsey Perlman, a journalism sophomore, shot wide right to as the Mean Green failed to take the lead.

The winning goal came from Angelica Diaz in the 77th minute off an assist from Mayra Castillo.

Panthers goalkeeper Jessica Garcia kept the Mean Green offense in check, holding the team scoreless with 15 saves.

The team returns to action this weekend when it travels to Ohio to play the Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Xavier University Musketeers.

UNT Soccer Facts

1995 – The year John Hedlund became the soccer coach…

200– The number of wins Hedlund has as head coach…

77-8-5 – Hedlund’s record at home.

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