Difficult conditions and a change of venue made life difficult for UIW as they fell to a heavy defeat to North Texas in their season opener. Mean Green ran out handy winners, beating the Cardinals 4-0 to start the season for both teams at Denton High School on Friday night.
With heavy rain in the Denton area, the decision was made to move the match, switching it away from the UNT campus. That put the match on a turf pitch, which UIW play on every week, at the nearby Denton High School.
Those issues didn’t bother UNT who opened the scoring after just three minutes after a foul in the box gave them a penalty. UNT forward, Rachel Holden stepped up to the spot and duly dispatched the penalty for the early lead.
Despite UNT dominating the possession, the Cardinals held on defensively for much of the half but they gave away another penalty in the 27th minute. With Holden the one fouled, it was left to midfielder Marchelle Davis to take it, and she made no mistake, doubling Mean Green’s lead.
Down at half-time, but only due to penalties, the Cardinals may have gone in to the break confident of turning things around. But just three minutes in to the second half Davis had her brace after UNT defender Tori Phillips played her through, allowing Davis to shoot across the face and in to the back of the net.
The match was well and truly wrapped up in the 76th minute by an absolutely stunning goal. Afforded space from 30 yards, Phillips was able to launch a rocket of a shot, which left UIW keeper Sydney Huntsinger no chance and wrapped up the 4-0 win.
The win was history making for UNT as it was their 300th in program history, also making it the 300th win for head coach John Hedlund.