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Soccer team wins sixth straight

Soccer team wins sixth straight

October 18
21:58 2010

By Sean Gorman / Senior Staff Writer –

Winning its fifth and sixth straight games, the UNT soccer team continued to play well at home, defeating Florida International 2-1 and dominating Florida Atlantic 5-0 this weekend.

The sweep guarantees the Mean Green (11-5-1, 6-2-0) its 16th straight winning season and placed UNT in a three-way tie for second place in the Sun Belt Conference.

“Friday’s game was huge because they were ranked eighth in the region and we knew they’d come after us with their best effort,” head coach John Hedlund said.

Sophomore forward Michelle Young launches a kick toward the FAU goal. Young registered her first multi-goal game of 2010 with two goals and an assist. (Photo by Mike Mezeul II / Senior Staff Photographer)

Friday

Honoring goalkeeper Mandy Hall and forward Dani Watson on senior night, the Mean Green picked up a critical win over then second-ranked FIU (8-7-1, 5-3-0).

Mistakes hurt UNT early, as FIU’s Mayara Bordin scored on a penalty kick in the 17th minute to give her team the lead.

Freshman midfielder Kelsey Hodges responded less than four minutes later, scoring her team-leading eighth goal of the season off an assist from sophomore forward Michelle Young.

“Practice and making the extra effort to improve my game has helped me a lot,” Young said. “Whenever I put more time into my game during the week I play my best.”

The scored remained tied at one until Young made another play in the 76th minute, taking a long pass from sophomore midfielder Ellen Scarfone to score the game-winning goal.

UNT kept the pressure on the Golden Panthers all night, outshooting them 16-8.

Sunday

The Mean Green notched its most one-sided Sun Belt victory in three years in a win over the Owls (3-5-0, 4-11-0).

Hodges added her second goal of the weekend to give UNT the lead in the 10th minute after she intercepted a bad pass from the goalkeeper.

A minute later, freshman midfielder Loreli Ramsey notched her first career goal.

Young then stopped an attempted clearing by the Owls goalkeeper, gained possession and scored on an empty net.

“I’m more comfortable with the physical part of the game,” Young said. “That alone has gotten me a couple goals.”

Watson got in on the action in the 29th minute, drilling a blast from outside the box into the left corner of the goal.

Hall didn’t allow any goals outside the penalty shot, lowering her goals against average to 0.69.

The Mean Green travels to face the University of Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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