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Taylor Torres’ hat trick leads North Texas soccer past MTSU

Taylor Torres’ hat trick leads North Texas soccer past MTSU

November 01
19:35 2017

The No. 2 seed North Texas soccer team defeated No. 7 seed Middle Tennessee 4-1 Wednesday behind a hat trick from junior Taylor Torres to move on to the second round of the Conference USA tournament.

The Mean Green (13-3-3) advance to the second round for the fourth consecutive year and will face the winner of a game between Florida Atlantic University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

In just the second minute of the game, freshman Brooke Lampe gave the Mean Green a 1-0 lead over the Blue Raiders (8-10) with her fourth score of the season off an assist from Aaliyah Nolan.

Playing in her first career conference tournament game, Lampe could not contain her excitement waiting for the game.

“It was such a rush,” Lampe said. “Before the game, it was a ton of butterflies and feelings of excitement. Once you go on the field it all goes away, and you are just like, ‘Alright, I am ready.'”

Torres scored her first goal of the day in the 25th minute off an assist from senior Cat Sebazco. The Blue Raiders responded with a goal of their own just before halftime to cut the North Texas lead to 2-1.

Torres believes the preparation going into the game and teamwork gave the Mean Green an advantage in the game.

“Before every game, we talk about the other team and how their defense plays, and that really helps us,” Torres said. “The players I was working up top with, like Cat on the outside, I was able to get her balls and score them. I work really well with her.”

The second half started similar to the first, as Torres gave the Mean Green a commanding two-goal lead on her second goal of the game off an assist from Natalie Newell.

Defensively, North Texas was able to hold C-USA’s leading scorer, Peyton Depriest (13 goals), in check with solid defensive play.

“Defensively we really focused on shutting down No. 12 [Depriest], who was their best player and basically got them into the tournament,” Bradley said. “We stuck someone on her the whole time and basically threw her off her game.”

Torres finished off her terrific day by completing the hat trick in the 87th minute, giving her eight goals on the season to take the team lead.

“When we get a goal early, it motivates the whole team,” Torres said. “Once we score one goal we know we can get another one and another one, and that’s always how it is for us.”

Next up: The Mean Green face the winner of UAB and FAU Friday at noon in Boca Raton, Florida.

Featured Image: Junior forwards Taylor Torres (8) and Aaliyah Nolan (11) smile after a play against UTSA. Madison Gore

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