Texas cruises past North Texas, eliminates soccer from NCAA Tournament

Texas cruises past North Texas, eliminates soccer from NCAA Tournament

Texas cruises past North Texas, eliminates soccer from NCAA Tournament
November 11
00:56 2017

In what was supposed to be a year where most expected them to take a step back, the women’s soccer team went to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years and had just two seniors active for Friday night’s NCAA Tournament matchup against the University of Texas at Austin.

While the Mean Green expected to compete with the Longhorns after playing them tough back in August, Texas showed why it’s the No. 18 ranked team in the country.

The Longhorns defeated the Mean Green 3-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, effectively ending North Texas’ season.

“We have to give credit to Texas,” assistant coach Daniel Dobson said. “They came out aggressive, physical and they put a couple chances a way early. Our girls started off slower than usual so I think a little nerves got to them but once we settled in our girls continued to fight we created a couple chances but we just didn’t have enough tonight.”

Texas scored in the 20th, 29th and 68th minutes and controlled the game for the majority of the night after North Texas failed to capitalize on a few early chances to tie it up.

“I think we just played the best we could against a team we knew coming in had a higher ranking than us,” sophomore defender Dominique James said. “So we just did the best we could.”

The high-octane North Texas offense was held to just eight shots with three going on target in the loss.

The Longhorns gave North Texas’ defense fits as they accumulated 15 shots, 6 of which were on goal, as well as four corner kicks.

While the Mean Green had faced plenty of tough offenses throughout the season, the Longhorns style and precision made it tough to stave them off for 90 minutes.

“They moved around more than what we’ve seen in our conference,” James said. “So we had to adjust to that.”

North Texas has had continued success under head coach John Hedlund and it’s been renowned in Denton for some time, but the coaching staff is prepared to raise the bar and make a run in the NCAA Tournament in the near future.

With a fairly young team that’s returning a lot of contributors, they may already have the core capable of doing so.

“The future is definitely bright and we’re excited,” Dobson said. “But to tell you the truth, we want to take the next step. We love winning conference championships, but we’ve already won five in Conference USA. Our next step is winning an NCAA game and making a run and that’s what we’re going to really fight for in the offseason.”

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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Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men’s basketball.

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