DENTON, Texas (9/7/12) - North Texas soccer extended its home unbeaten streak to 17 games, sophomore goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine picked up her third shutout of the season, and the Mean Green tied 0-0 with the Baylor Bears on Fri., September 7.
It was a defensive battle at the Mean Green Soccer Complex, with both teams failing to register a shot on goal in the first half. North Texas and Baylor each had three shots on goal in the second half, but neither side could find a goal in regulation.
"It's hard to be disappointed with the tie considering Baylor is one of the top teams in the Big 12 and has a strong chance to win their conference this year," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "I'm proud of the way my girls battled all night and once again the defense came up big."
After a foul was called against the Bears (5-1-1) in the 88th minute, junior defender Kelsey Hodges had an opportunity to put the Mean Green (5-0-1) ahead. Her free kick from 35 yards out was turned aside by Baylor goalkeeper Michelle Kloss to keep the game scoreless.
Baylor, which received votes in the NSCAA poll that was released on Tuesday, had the only two shots on goal in overtime. The Bears had the best chance with time winding down in the second overtime when senior defender Carlie Davis put a header on goal in the 108th minute, but Kerestine was able to make the save to keep the game alive.
Baylor outshot North Texas 16-6 overall, and had seven corner kicks compared to the Mean Green's total of three -- all in the second half.
The 1,097 in attendance of the game is the fourth-highest total in Mean Green Soccer Complex history, and the most to see a game since September 7, 2011, when a record 1,283 watched North Texas win 2-1 over SMU.
North Texas returns to action on Sun., September 9, in College Station against No. 16 Long Beach State at 10 a.m.