Great Night out at the Mean Green Soccer Complex....weather was beautiful and it was great to get a first peek at this years soccer team. Also, great to see the alumni out there - these girls are the foundation of traditionally UNT's most successful athletic program.
First the game, the Mean Green routed the alumni (lost count of goals)....but it could have been 8-9 to 0. The starters were dialed in and both offensively and defensively. Needless to say this is a night to honor our alumni, most of whom are starting their careers with soccer in their rearview mirrors - but their were many areas of excitement.
* The starting attacked looked outstanding (Freshman Rachel Holden looks like the "real deal" - with a hat trick). Also, Sophomore Amber Haggerty may have also scored a hat trick. The ball movement and passing really looked good.
* Defense didn't give up a goal
* Midfield controlled the game
* GK - Jackie Kerestine - did not play due to injury (team will need Jackie against their tough schedule) and Soph. Haley Riley kept a clean sheet (although not too much pressure).
THE BIG SURPRISE......
Hedlund signed senior transfer Vanessa Ibewuike. Vanessa signed out of high school with Purdue where she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. In 2011 she transferred to Texas where she ranked 3rd on the team in scoring. Sat out 2012 with an injury. I do know that SMU (where her ex-Texas coach Chris Petrucelli is now coaching) was in consideration for Vanessa. I've known for a while that there was interest in Vanessa, but didn't realize we landed her till I saw her on the field.
This is just another example of how well Hedlund has developed this program. Link: http://www.meangreensports.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/vanessa_ibewuike_860068.html
Haggerty, Holden & Ibewuike should be a handful up top!