Mean Green Soccer Falls In Overtime To No. 15 OU
OU Comes Back To Defeat North Texas, 2-1
DENTON - The North Texas soccer team gave up one corner kick in the second half against No. 15 Oklahoma, and it came back to haunt the Mean Green. The Sooners defeated North Texas, 2-1, in overtime after the Mean Green gave up the tying goal off a corner kick with thirty seconds left in regulation on Friday night.
"I was really proud of the girls throughout the night," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "It hurts to be 30 seconds away from beating the 15th-ranked team in the country, but unfortunately we let them back in the game on a set piece. We will learn from this but I couldn't be more proud of my team."
The Mean Green took a 1-0 lead in the 81st minute off a Karla Pineda corner kick. The free-kick specialist sent an in-swinging corner kick from the Mean Green's attacking left into the penalty box. The dangerous ball caused confusion in the box, and the ball got past the goalkeeper for the first goal of the night.
The second goal of the night came off a corner kick as well. Rasha Roberts, the tallest player on the OU roster, rose up and flicked the ball past North Texas goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine, to tie the game at 1-1 with thirty seconds left to play in regulation.
OU shut down the Mean Green offense in the overtime periods, holding the home team to zero shots. The Sooners won the game off another set piece. Laura Rayfield picked up her second assist of the game with a free kick from 30 yards out. She lofted a ball into the box that Madeline Brem was able to control and kick past Kerestine for the gamewinner.The game was physical, featuring 31 total fouls and three yellow cards. Despite outshooting the Sooners, 16-14, the Mean Green was held to its fewest amount of shots this season.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas makes its second trip to Houston with a Sunday match-up with Houston Baptist at 1 p.m.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
North Texas loses its first game of the season and falls to 5-1.The Mean Green loses its first game of the season to a ranked opponent. North Texas lost its first game of the season last year to a ranked opponent as well, a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 10 Wake Forest .
North Texas is now 5-2 in the series against OU. The last time North Texas lost to OU was a 1-0 loss in 2007.
Jackie Kerestine loses her first game of the season in goal. The two goals allowed is a season high. She has given up just three total goals in six games.
The 2-1 loss at home is the first loss at home since falling to Oklahoma State last year, 2-1, in overtime on Sept. 22. The Mean Green's only losses at home in the last two years has come at the hands of Big XII teams.
Karla Pineda scored her third goal of the season. She scored her second goal directly off a corner kick. She leads the team with three goals and seven points.