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Soccer remains undefeated with victory over Incarnate Word

Soccer remains undefeated with victory over Incarnate Word

DENTON, TX- AUGUST 25: Leah Cox #8 of the North Texas Mean Green - Houston Baptist vs North Texas Mean Green Soccer team at Mean Green Village Soccer Field in Denton on August 25, 2013 in Denton, Texas. Photo by Rick Yeatts

Soccer remains undefeated with victory over Incarnate Word
August 28
22:31 2015
[df-subtitle]Soccer heats up in second half, wins third in a row[/df-subtitle]

Alex Lessard | Staff Writer


Friday night’s matchup against the University of the Incarnate Word (2-1) proved to be rather uneventful for senior goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine.

The North Texas soccer team (3-0) put away the Cardinals in dominating fashion by a score of 2-0. The Mean Green outshot UIW 20-8.

North Texas was in control of the first half, leading the Cardinals 5-1 in corner kicks and 10-1 in shots, five of which were on goal. However, North Texas failed to finish on its opportunities, and the score was still knotted up at 0-0 headed into halftime.

“We had a lot of chances in the first half that we just didn’t finish, but we kept going after them,” senior defender Molly Grisham said.

The Mean Green got off to a blazing second half start, as freshman forward Taylor Torres scored her first career goal at minute 46. Torres was assisted by senior midfielder Karla Pineda on a pass through the right side and beat the goalkeeper one-on-one.

Torres said she wanted to score a goal in every single college game, but is still ecstatic about her first in a Mean Green uniform.

“It doesn’t matter how much time I get, I try to work my butt off and I try to score,” Torres said.

Just eight minutes later, junior forward Marchelle Davis scored her second goal of the season after leaping over the defense and putting a header in the net to take a commanding 2-0 lead. The goal came off another Pineda assist, this time coming from one of Pineda’s 10 corner kicks of the game.

“[Pineda and Davis] are two of our most explosive offensive players, so whenever they step up like that, the rest of the team follows their lead,” assistant coach Daniel Dobson said.

Davis led the team with six shots on Friday and now leads the team with seven on the season. Senior forward Amber Haggerty, junior forward Rachel Holden and Pineda all had two shots apiece.

The Mean Green are off to a 3-0 start for the sixth time in the past nine seasons, outscoring opponents 5-1 and outshooting opponents 45-28. Two of its five goals thus far have come from freshmen.

Next up for North Texas is the first home game of the season on Sunday against Kansas University. The game will begin at 1 p.m.

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