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Brief: soccer advances to C-USA finals

Brief: soccer advances to C-USA finals

November 07
23:10 2014

Scott Sidway / Staff Writer

The Mean Green soccer team advanced to its second straight Conference USA tournament championship game after beating Middle Tennessee State University 1-0 in the C-USA semifinals on Friday night in Charlotte.

North Texas scored the lone goal of the contest in the 13th minute from yet another corner kick by junior midfielder Karla Pineda.  Sophomore forward Marchelle Davis headed the ball into the back of the net, and junior midfielder Jackie Moreau was also credited with an assist on the play.

The offense as a whole only put up three shots on goal throughout the entire matchup, but they balanced it out by generating 10 corner kicks. The set pieces from Pineda in the corner have produced all three Mean Green goals so far in the tournament.

In addition to Pineda’s attempts from the corner, she tied junior forward Amber Haggerty for the team-lead in shots with four. Davis put up three shots including her goal-scoring header in the first half, while junior midfielder Jackie Moreau and sophomore Rachel Holden each registered one shot apiece.

On the defensive end, junior goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine registered her 14th shutout of the season and has not allowed a goal in her last seven conference tournament games. She did not have to make a save until the 41st minute and finished with five saves on MTSU’s six shots on goal.

North Texas will take on Rice University on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for the C-USA championship.  This is the Mean Green’s second straight championship game, but their first in C-USA as the No.1 overall seed. The No.2 seeded Rice did not make the conference tournament last season.

North Texas played Rice on the road earlier this season on Oct. 12 in a game that ended in a 1-1 tie.  In that game, the Mean Green’s lone goal was actually an own-goal scored by a Rice defender. Neither team has lost a game since Oct. 17.

Rice boasts six members of the three All-Conference teams, with three members being selected to the first team and forward Lauren Hughes being named C-USA offensive player of the year. North Texas has two members on the All-Conference first team, but only finished the season with three total All-Conference honors. Rice head coach Nicky Adams was also named C-USA coach of the year in 2014.

The game on Sunday can be seen on the Fox Sports Network.

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