Riley Earns Shutout As NT Soccer Slugs Sam Houston, 3-0
Thrust Into Starting Role, Riley Earns First Career Shutout
DENTON, Texas - No Jackie Kerestine, no problem. Just days after hearing of their star goalkeeper's season-ending injury, the North Texas soccer team rode a dominating all-around performance to earn the first career shutout for new starter Haley Riley in a 3-0 rout of Sam Houston State.
Kerestine, last year's Sun Belt Tournament MVP, went down with a knee injury in last weekend's action against Virginia Tech, but Riley was more than sufficient of a replacement. The NT (3-2) sophomore wasn't tested often, but pulled down four saves to up her career record to 2-0.
North Texas will return to action on Sunday at cross-town rival TCU at noon, and the game is being broadcasat on Fox Sports Southwest.
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North Texas entered "Others Receiving Votes" in this week's NSCAA National Top 25 poll, but will be tested at TCU on Sunday (Noon, Fox Sports Southwest).
Freshman Rachel Holden increased her C-USA scoring lead with her fifth goal of the season in the 20th minute.
Senior transfer Vanessa Ibewuike notched her second goal in three starts in a Mean Green uniform. The Texas transfer became eligible for the Wake Forest game last weekend.
Kelsey Hodges finished off a penalty shot in the 8th minute, and is now 4-for-4 in career penalty shot attempts.
With the win, NT is now 59-8-5 in eight season in the Mean Green Soccer Complex.