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Soccer team takes season opener in Las Vegas

Soccer team takes season opener in Las Vegas

Soccer team takes season opener in Las Vegas
August 22
01:04 2015

Alex Lessard | Staff Writer


To begin the 21st season in the program’s history, the Mean Green soccer team found itself farther away from Denton than ever before.

In a season opening game Friday night, 1,179 miles away at the Las Vegas Invitational, the Mean Green defeated Southern Utah University 2-1, improving its record to 14-5-1 all-time in season openers.

North Texas (1-0) hasn’t lost its first game of the season since 2005.

Freshman midfielder Olivia Bagby put North Texas up 1-0 with an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute, the first of her career. Bagby was subbed in just five minutes prior.

Despite its struggles to put shots on goal, SUU (0-1) benefited from a Mean Green foul in the 53rd minute and put a penalty kick past senior goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine to tie the game 1-1.

The Mean Green struck back quickly to take the lead in the 56th minute on what turned out to be the game-winning goal by junior forward Marchelle Davis, assisted by freshman forward Taylor Torres.

The Mean Green maintained control throughout the game, outshooting the Thunderbirds 20-6 (15-2 in the first half) and leading in corner kicks 8-3. A balanced attack from North Texas saw nine different players get shots off, eight of which were on goal.

Head coach John Hedlund went with a familiar starting lineup featuring eight starters from last year’s season opener, but also gave plenty of playing time to the bench, who ended up scoring both of the team’s goals.

The Mean Green will conclude its stay in Las Vegas at 3 p.m. on Sunday against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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