The Cardinals stepped up their standard of opposition and with it they saw their perfect start to the season come to an end at Benson Stadium on Friday night. It was North Texas who handed UIW their first defeat as they won the match 2-0.
North Texas are narrowly outside of the top 25, and looked to stamp their NCAA championship credentials. The Mean Green would hold a ranking of 37th if they ranked beyond the top 25 and that showed the task that was ahead of UIW.
It was all Mean Green in the early going as they were able to create plenty of chances, yet their wastefulness was proving frustrating. Set pieces were proving the main outlet for UNT but Karla Pineda’s service was just not quite hitting its mark.
UNT really controlled the possession throughout the first half as UIW saw barely any of the ball in a tough match. Mean Green outshot the Cardinals 10-1 in a dominant first half but they just could not find a goal with UIW grateful to go in to the break scoreless.
But that all changed almost immediately after the break as North Texas hit the lead in the very first minute of the second half. A Pineda through ball was perfectly weighted for Taylor Torres, which enabled her to get through one-on-one with the keeper, a chance she gleefully took to open the scoring.
Mean Green continued to attack and in the 54th minute they were able to double their lead, and again it was Pineda. This goal came from a set piece as she was able to send the corner in for Marchelle Davis who leapt highest and headed it home.
That forced UIW to go for the match, but their play was often broken up by some tactical fouls from UNT. That seemed to work as the Cardinals struggled to really create many clear cut chances throughout the match.
In the 74th minute it could well have been 3-0 as Pineda sent in another fantastic corner. This corner found Molly Grisham who jumped to get the header away but was denied by a great Heather Kowalik save which kept the final score at 2-0.