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Recap: Soccer stays undefeated with home win over Louisiana Tech

Recap: Soccer stays undefeated with home win over Louisiana Tech

Recap: Soccer stays undefeated with home win over Louisiana Tech
March 12
20:47 2021

Extending its unbeaten stretch to the season’s first five matches, the soccer team defeated Louisiana Tech University on Friday by a score of 1-0.

In securing another home win, its second of the season, the Mean Green (5-0, 2-0 Conference USA) improved to 14-0-0 all-time at their new home, the Mean Green Soccer & Track and Field Stadium.

“You definitely don’t want to be part of the team that breaks that record, or that tradition,” Senior midfielder Brooke Lampe said. “Our biggest thing is to try to keep that going. One day, it might happen, but it’s not going to be this season hopefully, we’re knocking on wood for that. Our biggest thing is, if you give it your all on the field and you work hard, that’s not a loss for us. As long as you do everything you can, that’s a win.”

A first-half goal from sophomore forward Allie Byrd proved to be the decider. The 6-foot tall forward dribbled down the right side of the field grappling for position with a Louisiana Tech (8-4, 1-2 C-USA) defender, ultimately pulling a step ahead and putting the ball home as she fell to the ground.

“To be honest, I was blank, I was just going,” Sophomore forward Allie Byrd said. “I don’t know, I just kept going. I stuck a foot out, [I] kind of have the advantage with my long legs, so I kind of just stuck my foot out and it worked well for me.”

Byrd’s goal came in the 34-minute mark after North Texas had attempted six shots, getting three of them on goal.

“I think we started off strong, started getting good shots on goal,” Byrd said. “We couldn’t finish in the beginning but it was good that we got one goal before the half to give us a cushion going into the second half. Overall, I think we played tough, we dug and got the win.”

Offensively, North Texas took its second-most shots of the season (23) and put 10 of them on goal. The Lady Techsters, meanwhile, put two of their eight shots on goal, a testament to the Mean Green’s defense.

“I just think that our defense works really well together,” Lampe said. “[Head coach John Hedlund] always says that defense wins championships, but our offense is what helps us win the games. All of us have built chemistry and none of us want to mess up or put anyone else behind us in more pressure. We definitely work for each other back there, that’s what helps us a lot.”

Both of Louisiana Tech’s shots on goal came in the second half as the team pressed for an equalizer but was ultimately unable to convert thanks to two saves by junior keeper Kelsey Brann.

“We know if it gets past us, we have a ton of trust in [Brann] to make that save,” Lampe said. “She sees how hard we’re working and so she’s going to bust her butt too for the rest of us. […] You see her make saves and you’re like, ‘I don’t know how that’s physically possible that you did that with your body.’ It’s really comfortable knowing she’s back there behind us.”

Up Next: Soccer will be back in action against No. 15 Oklahoma State University on Sunday in another home match set to begin at 1 p.m.

Featured Image: Junior forward Connor Barker dribbles the ball out to Mean Green teammates against Louisiana Tech on March 12, 2021. Image by Zachary Thomas

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