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Soccer comes from behind to remain unbeaten in conference play

Soccer comes from behind to remain unbeaten in conference play

Sophomore defender Madeline Guderian changes direction during a game against the University of Texas at San Antonio. Rachel Walters

Soccer comes from behind to remain unbeaten in conference play
October 19
22:21 2017

The North Texas soccer team continued its dominant play in Conference USA, defeating the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (9-6-1, 4-3-1) 2-1 Thursday night on the road.

With the victory, the Mean Green (11-2-2, 6-0-1) remain unbeaten in their last 11 games, tying their longest streak since 2006.

North Texas found itself behind early after the 49ers scored on a Shealyn Dwyer header in the sixth minute. The goal was only the seventh allowed by the Mean Green in the first half of a game all season.

The 49ers started the game in a four forward set that attacked the Mean Green defense for the early goal, but junior goalkeeper Brooke Bradley helped get things back on track as the team responded to shut Charlotte out in the second half.

“We came out a little flat tonight, and they put away their chances,” Bradley said. “We talked about it, and we said we needed to get it together and play how we normally play. We knew we would bounce back from it. We have come back from worse than that.”

Although the Mean Green conceded the early goal, junior Carissa Sanders and her teammates were not going to let the goal affect their confidence.

“We brushed it off and kept going, we know how to get over a goal,” Sanders said. “We knew we would score another one, the goal didn’t really have a big impact on us.”

Less than ten minutes after allowing a goal, the Mean Green responded when junior forward Aaliyah Nolan scored her team-high fifth goal of the season.

“The offense played great, [and] we connected on our passes,” Nolan said. “We were looking for our spaces and moving off the ball more.”

Later, in the 44th minute, Sanders added another highlight to her stellar career by scoring her first collegiate goal to put North Texas up just before halftime. With the goal, Sanders became the 13th different player to score for the Mean Green this season.

The team ranks No. 11 in the country averaging 2.5 goals per game.

“The offense did great, we got good balls over the top and we connected really well,” Sanders said. “I feel like the forwards did really good.”

The victory keeps the team on pace with the Rice Owls, who lead Conference USA over the Mean Green by five points. The Owls have played one more game this season than North Texas.

The Mean Green play Rice in a potential winner-takes-all match against the Owls on Oct. 27 in Denton.

Next up: North Texas heads to Norfolk, Virginia to face Old Dominion University at noon on Oct. 22.

Featured Image: Sophomore defender Madeline Guderian changes direction during a game against the University of Texas at San Antonio. Rachel Walters

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