Soccer Season Ends At C-USA Tournament – University Of North Texas Athletics – Mean Green Sports

BOCA RATON, Florida — The 16-time conference champion North Texas soccer team had its season come to an abrupt end Monday afternoon following an own-goal in double overtime by the Mean Green,

UNT lost its first round Conference USA Tournament match against UTSA Monday 1-0 in the 107th minute when a Mean Green defender attempted to clear a Roadrunner cross but the ball took an errant deflection off her foot and went into the back of North Texas’ goal before keeper Sarah Fuller even had time to react. 

The own-goal came just three minutes shy of the match being sent to a penalty kick shootout. 

“It’s unfortunate we have to end our season with three minutes to play in double overtime on a deflection own goal,” said head coach John Hedlund. “I really liked our chances if we went to PK’s. It’s something we have been working on all year. I want to thank my two seniors Brooke Lampe and Elle Marie DeFrain on coming back for a fifth year, I know their goal was to win their fifth ring this fall but like I told them having four championship rings isn’t too bad. Both have been a pleasure to coach and were champions on the field and no doubt in my mind they will be champions in life.”

North Texas ends the year with an 8-5-4 overall record. 

Lampe and DeFrain graduate from UNT each breaking the previous program record for games and minutes played. The two combined to win 59 matches during their five seasons with the Mean Green and won the 2017 C-USA Tournament title, 2018 C-USA Regular Season title, 2018 C-USA Tournament title and 2019 C-USA Tournament title. On Monday morning, Lampe was named first team all-conference for a second consecutive season. She was named preseason all-conference prior to this season. 

“I’m proud of my young team as well,” Hedlund said. “It wasn’t easy for any of us battling all of the injuries we faced throughout the year. Adversity hit us pretty hard this season but we all handled it the best we could and even though this group fell short on winning the programs ninth C-USA title, they still kept our winning streak alive of 27 consecutive winning seasons and maintaining our amazing unbeaten streak at home against conference opponents since 2008 without a loss”.