BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky —The North Texas soccer team saw its five-match shutout streak come to an end on Friday but they did however extend their unbeaten streak to eight in a row.
The No. 24 nationally ranked Mean Green (9-1-2, 4-0-1) tied 1-1 with Western Kentucky (4-7-3, 2-4-1) on Friday after needing a come from behind performance from its offense.
UNT surrendered its first goal in its last 533 minutes of game action early in Friday's match after a through ball found its way past the middle of the Mean Green defensive and at the feet of WKU's Sarah Gorham, inside the box with a wide-open look.
"Unfortunately, the defense gave up a goal early and while we were able to tie it up, we just couldn't get that second one," said defensive center back Dominique James
The WKU goal in the 15th minute seemed to wake up UNT who was playing on the back of its heels to start the match.
After allowing a number of scoring opportunities and five WKU shots in the first 15 minutes of the match, the Mean Green settled in and prevented any serious attempts from there on out.
Goalie Kelsey Brann
was tested, saving seven shots, but nothing as dangerous as what she faced in the first 15 minutes.
It wasn't until a 78th minute desperate scrum inside the Lady Hilltoppers' box off of a Mean Green corner where sophomore Berklee Peters
was finally able to burry a shot for UNT and tie the match at 1-1. The goal was Peters' fifth of the season.
From the 78th minute and into overtime, North Texas had a few opportunities to win the match but just couldn't finish, including two last second overtime chances when the WKU goalie chased down a ball and Aaliyah Nolan
and Peters attacked the box and had one shot save and another sail just over the crossbar.
"I'm proud of our team for the coming back but I know we need to and we will come out harder and stronger on Sunday against Marshall," James said.
The tie at WKU on Friday moves the Mean Green into a tie for second-place in the Conference USA standings with Middle Tennessee. North Texas trails Florida Atlantic by three points, however, the Owls have played one more match than UNT.
For a second consecutive match, North Texas was without its leading goal scorer in Taylor Torres
on Friday. The senior forward will be able to return to the field Sunday at Marshall. Sunday's match is scheduled to start at noon central time.
- Sophomore Berklee Peters' goal on Friday was the fifth of the year and the 10th of her career. The last Mean Green soccer player to have 10+ career goals as a sophomore was Rachel Holden (2013-16) who finished her first two years in Denton with 16 goals.
- Aaliyah Nolan's six shot attempts were a UNT career-high.
- Friday marked the sixth-time senior Carissa Sanders played all 110 minutes of a match in her career.
- North Texas' five consecutive shut outs they accomplished is the second longest in program history.
- UNT still has yet to give up more than one goal in a match this season.
- North Texas has outscored its 12 opponents this season by a combined score of 26-4.