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Soccer remains unbeaten in conference play, beats Charlotte in overtime

Soccer remains unbeaten in conference play, beats Charlotte in overtime

Soccer remains unbeaten in conference play, beats Charlotte in overtime
October 10
09:59 2015

Alex Lessard | Staff Writer


Looking to remain without a loss in conference play and win its third game in a row, the Mean Green soccer team defeated the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (5-9, 1-4) in overtime by a score of 1-0.

The Mean Green (10-2-1, 3-0-1) only put two shots on goal the entire game but cashed in on a goal from junior forward Rachel Holden less than four minutes into overtime.

“Overtime is never easy and can be brutal at times,” head coach John Hedlund said. “But fortunately for us, Amber was able to find Rachel in front of the goal for the game winner.”

North Texas got off to a slow start, giving up six shots in the first 25 minutes, two of which were on goal. However, the game remained knotted at zero apiece at halftime. The Mean Green finished the first half behind in shots (9-2) and corner kicks (4-0) and failed to challenge the opposing goalkeeper with a shot on goal.

“It was kind of hard to get the offense going,” Holden said. “We got a couple shots, a couple opportunities we should have put away in the beginning.”

Throughout the season, North Texas has played better as the game goes on, scoring 15 of its 24 season goals in the second half. But the Mean Green continued to struggle finding scoring opportunities on Friday. The Mean Green’s only shot on goal throughout regulation, a header from junior forward Anna Flobeck, was saved in the 68th minute.

Even with limited scoring opportunities, senior goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine and the North Texas defense refused to let Old Dominion take a lead. Kerestine finished the game with eight saves and earned her ninth shutout of the season.

“Since we’re the defending champs from last year, every team wants to come out beat us and knock us out,” Haggerty said.

Holden’s overtime goal was her seventh of the season and third game-winner. The shot was assisted by Haggerty and freshman defender Carissa Sanders.

The win is the first coming in overtime for the Mean Green this season after losing to Texas A&M University and tying Marshall University in late September.

Haggerty said conference wins gives the team confidence headed into more pressure-filled situations in the near future.

“If we can put these teams away, we can put any team away,” Haggerty said.

The Mean Green will travel to Norfolk, Virginia for its next game against Old Dominion University on Sunday. The game will begin at 12 p.m.

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