DENTON, Texas – Friday night's match between the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team and North Texas was a tale of two halves. In the opening 45 minutes, the Islanders (0-3-0) maintained possession and recorded a season-high seven shots, but found themselves trailing at halftime 1-0. Three goals by the Mean Green (3-0-0) in the second half allowed the hosts to pull away for a 4-0 victory.
The Islanders had their best half of the season to start the game, controlling the majority of possession. Though UNT tallied 19 shots in the opening 45 minutes, the Blue and Green backline held the Mean Green to shots from outside the box.
A&M-Corpus Christi backstop Jordan Wainwright set a career-high in the first half alone with nine stops. The Live Oak, Fla., native was on the wrong end of a penalty decision by the official in the 37th minute.
Wainwright came off her line to cut down the angle on a breakaway and collided with a Mean Green attacker. Anna Flowbeck converted on the spot kick to give North Texas a 1-0 lead.
The Islanders bounced back immediately. A&M-Corpus Christi turned possession into attack that ended with three shots by Madeleine Lozano, Yvette Franco and Hannah Joseph, the latter two playing in their first game of the season. The final eight minutes of the first half would best opportunity the Blue and Green would have to pull even in the match.
Coming out of the halftime break, North Texas converted on several miscues by the Blue and Green to net three goals in the opening nine minutes of the second half. Following the offensive burst, the Islanders limited offensive opportunities for the Mean Green, while a string of younger players in Chayse Bauer, Shayla Spearman and Katie Seabolt applied pressure on the North Texas backline.
North Texas recorded 31 shots with 18 on frame. Taylor Torres led the way with a pair of goals.
A&M-Corpus Christi will finish its weekend road trip on Sunday at Southern Methodist at 5:30 P.M. The Mustangs topped Northwestern State in their season opener 8-0 on Thursday night.