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Mean Green soccer shut out Houston Baptist University 2-0 on the road

Mean Green soccer shut out Houston Baptist University 2-0 on the road

Mean Green soccer shut out Houston Baptist University 2-0 on the road
September 14
20:00 2014

Scott Sidway / Staff writer

The Mean Green soccer team rebounded strongly after losing their first game of the season on Friday, defeating Houston Baptist University 2-0 in Houston.

After squandering away a late lead earlier this weekend, UNT (6-1) finished today’s contest strong, scoring twice in the second half to secure their sixth victory in seven games.

Sophomore forward Marchelle Davis scored the first goal of the afternoon, giving the Mean Green a 1-0 lead in the 68th minute with a shot to the right hand side of the net. The goal was Davis’s third of the season, making her the leading scorer for the Mean Green.

“It’s a great feeling, but it’s not just about me scoring,” Davis said. “It’s about everyone. It was a group effort.”

Junior forward Amber Haggerty scored the final goal of the match in the 85th minute for the Mean Green, making the score 2-0. Haggerty said her goal was a product of great execution by freshman teammate Kaylah Hunter.

“Kaylah beat two players and I was making a run to the outside,” Haggerty said. “She played it on the ground to me, and I cut and shot it.”

The Mean Green also recorded their fifth shutout of the season, which means that junior goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine has now tied the UNT record for career shutouts.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Kerestine said. “It wasn’t easy, but it’s very nice. It was one of my biggest goals coming in, a personal goal. And to achieve it, it feels awesome.”

Kerestine said the Mean Green approached this game with a sense of urgency after Friday’s heartbreaking double overtime loss against Oklahoma University.

“We all had that fire in our eyes,” Kerestine said. “We knew we couldn’t lose again, so we had to put everything on the line.”

Haggerty possessed the same fire that Kerestine referenced and said the entire team wanted to get rid of the bitter taste from Friday’s heartbreaker.

“We came out even harder, because we were so angry and because we should have won Friday,” Haggerty said. “We wanted revenge on the loss, and everybody was ready to play.”

The Mean Green will be back at home on Friday for match with Gonzaga University at 7:00 p.m.

Featured Image: Sophomore forward Rachel Holden fights for possession of the ball against a Vanderbilt University defender on Sept. 7 at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. Photo by Benjamin Regalado – Staff Photographer

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