LITTLE ROCK - Junior Adrianna Queen scored two goals in a two-minute span late in the second half, but North Texas (12-3-2, 7-0-1 SBC) scored five second-half goals to remain undefeated in Sun Belt play and top UALR (1-14-0, 0-7-0) by an 8-2 final Sunday afternoon at the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex. Michelle Young led the Mean Green offense with two goals and an assist.
Queen's goals were her first two of the season and snapped a seven-match scoreless streak for the Trojans that dated back to their Sept. 9 win against UAPB. Queen now finds herself tied for the team lead in goals with sophomores Alyson Rohane and Ariel Galletti. Galletti assisted on Queen's first goal and leads with team with three helpers this season.
North Texas held the edge in every offensive category, leading in shots (30-6), shots on goal (19-5) and corner kicks (7-1). Young led the Mean Green with eight shots, while teammate Leah Cox put up six. Queen and Rohane led the Trojans with two shots each.
Jackie Kerestine picked up the win in goal for North Texas, playing 50:55, making three saves and allowing no goals before giving way to Haley Riley, who played the final 39:05 and allowed two goals. Freshman Shantel Wittke started in goal for the Trojans and made seven saves while giving up three goals in the first half. Junior Natalie Marsh played the second half and allowed five goals while making three saves.
North Texas got on the board with Young's first goal at the 16:57 mark. Jackie Moreau made it 2-0 in the 25th minute off a feed from Cox, and Lindsey Hulstein pushed the Mean Green's lead to three at the 43:40 mark shortly after a NT corner kick.
The Mean Green tacked on three more scores in the first 20 minutes following intermission. Young notched her second at the 50:55 mark, then supplied the assist on Cox's goal in the 60th minute. Amber Haggerty made it 6-0 in favor of the Mean Green with an unassisted goal at the 62:36 mark.
After Lynda Hercules scored to make it 7-0 at the 82:38 mark, Queen scored her first in the 85th minute off a feed from Galletti. Queen accepted Galleti's pass and maneuvered her way through the box before sending a low roller past the NT keeper for her first goal of the season. Queen's second goal came less than two minutes later, as she took a pass from sophomore Betsy Blackwood at the top of the box, spun and fired from 18 yards out to connect on her second score of the match.
Amanda Burgardt scored NT's final goal of the match at the 89:15 mark to make in an 8-2 final score.
UALR returns to action on Thursday against Florida Atlantic at the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex. First kick is slated for 7 p.m.