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Soccer remains dominant at home thanks to Sebazco’s late goal

Soccer remains dominant at home thanks to Sebazco’s late goal

October 28
00:55 2017

Rice University entered Friday night against North Texas unscathed in their nine Conference USA matches. While the Owls secured the regular season Conference USA title, denying the Mean Green of their vaunted four-peat, they were unable to break a different streak held by North Texas.

North Texas tied Rice 1-1 in Denton Friday night, extending the Mean Green’s national record of consecutive conference home unbeaten matches which dates back to October of 2008.

“Our mindset going in was we’re undefeated on this field for the past eight years and we wanted to make it nine,” senior forward Cat Sebazco told MeanGreenSports.com.

Sebazco sent the game to extra time in the 88th minute with a goal, her first of the year.

The clutch goal came off junior forward Aaliyah Nolan’s set up from a corner kick. The goal ended up being the final one scored between the teams after the two extra time sessions finished.

“I’ve been hitting crossbars all year,” Sebazco told MeanGreenSports.com. “I’m more than happy to have contributed to this field staying sealed for now almost nine years.”

The Owls (12-2-2, 9-0-1) only out-shot the Mean Green 16-14, but North Texas (11-3-3, 6-1-2) had 10 corner kicks to Rice’s three.

Junior goalkeeper Brooke Bradley had five saves on the night in the 110 minutes of play.

Rice scored its lone goal in the 15th minute, but from there North Texas’ offense settled in and created ample opportunities and finishing one of those with under two minutes to go.

“Both teams had their opportunities to win the game in overtime but in the end the result seemed pretty fair for both teams,” head coach John Hedlund told MeanGreenSports.com. “I’m really proud of the women tonight. They showed a lot of character especially coming back down 1-0 at the half.”

With the four-peat out of reach, the team knows from experience that a trip to the NCAA tournament is far from a pipe dream.

While they prepare for the conference tournament, their focus has been solely on winning these final two home games.

“Rice is very worthy of their national ranking and high RPI,” Hedlund told MeanGreenSports.com “But when our team found out last week they could no longer four-peat due to our first conference loss the motivation shifted to keeping our home conference winning streak alive.”

Featured Image: The women’s soccer team celebrates around senior forward Cat Sebazco during a game against Rice University. Sebazco scored the Mean Green’s only goal of the night, tying the game 1-1. Rachel Walters

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Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

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