The Mean Green (6-4-1, 2-1-0) outshot the Blue Raiders (2-6-1, 0-2-0) on Thursday 25-7. They played aggressive and put constant pressure on the MTSU backline and showed off their athleticism in the victory.
Thursday’s win is UNT’s 10th straight over Middle Tennessee.
“I’m very proud of our team and how they played the entire 90 minutes tonight,” said head coach John Hedlund. “We needed a complete game from our offense and defense tonight and they all delivered in a big way against a very good MTSU team on the road.”
Klein got North Texas on the board first in the 11th minute with her eighth goal on the season. She entered Thursday’s match as the league’s leader in goals scored. Junior Devyn Flannery assisted on the goal.
Then early in the second half Flannery and Klein connected on the Mean Green’s second goal. Klein, who led UNT’s attacking pressure all night, dribbled down the right side, cut in and laid up a shot for Flannery who struck the ball with her left foot and placed it in the top corner where the MTSU keeper couldn’t reach it.
The goal is Flannery’s third of the year, which is a single season career high.
Less than two minutes after Flannery’s goal, Tufts tripled the Mean Green’s lead with her fourth goal of the season. Once again Klein set in motion the goal as she attacked the six-yard box and then dumped the ball back off to Tufts who had a clean and close look at the goal.
Klein now has a single season career-high four assists on the year to go along with her single season career-high eight goals. Her 20 points this season lead all Conference USA players and are also a single season career-best.
“It was a complete team win,” Klein said. “I’m really proud of how we played tonight. It’s not easy to go on the road and play that well against a good opponent. It feels great. We know what we’re capable of and it was great to see it come together tonight, especially in the second half.”
UNT remains on the road as they travel the 100 miles to play at WKU on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. The match will be streamed on Facebook.
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