Mean Green Soccer Comes Up Short Against No. 5 Texas A&M
North Texas Falls In Double Overtime, 2-1
COLLEGE STATION -- So close. The North Texas soccer team was 65 seconds away from tying the fifth-ranked team in the nation, but Texas A&M escaped with a 2-1 double overtime victory after Karlie Mueller scored on a free kick outside the 18-yard box on Sunday night at Ellis Field.
"Well, it is heartbreaking to say the least not to get a result after 110 minutes of play, especially when we had the lead late in the game," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "We knew going in, it was going to be an uphill battle with our top scorer in Rachel having to sit out and not having Alexsis available for the game. With those two out, it not only affected our depth, but it forced me to play more defensive than I really wanted. It would had been nice to see Rachel play against Texas A&M's defense.
Never the less, I'm proud of the way my team played especially on the road against the fifth-ranked team in the nation. We overcame a lot of adversity throughout the match but the girls never quit and that's a sign of a champion."
Despite being outshot, 13-3, in the first half, the Mean Green offense converted its first opportunity at the start of the second period. Anna Flobeck scored her first goal of the season, and it was a big one. The junior forward ran onto a ball in the box and placed it to the left of a diving keeper to put North Texas ahead, 1-0.
The Aggies continued to pepper the Mean Green goal with shots throughout the second period, but North Texas goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine held strong, recording one of the best performance of her career. The redshirt senior finished with a career-high 15 saves.
It wasn't until the 71st minute that the Aggies were able to penetrate the Mean Green defense and tie the game, 1-1, after a melee in the penalty box following a free kick. Janae Cousineau was able to get her foot on the loose ball and send it into the back of the net.
The final Texas A&M shot and game-winning goal was scored directly off a free kick just before time expired.
It was a physical game, featuring 38 fouls and seven yellow cards. The 23 fouls committed by North Texas broke up the Aggies' possession. However, the fouls also set up both Texas A&M goals, which were scored off free kicks in the Mean Green's defensive third.
Next up for North Texas
• North Texas opens conference play on the road when it faces Marshall on Friday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
• The Mean Green came up just short for the second straight year against a ranked opponent. North Texas lost to No. 15 Oklahoma, 2-1, in two overtime periods.
• The Mean Green defense gave up its first goal in 535 minutes.
• The Mean Green lost its first game on the road this season.
• Anna Flobeck started her first game this season and scored her first goal of the season.
•Karla Pineda dished out her team-leading fifth assist. She is now tied with Kendall Juett in second place with 29 career assists.
•Jackie Kerestine set a career high with 15 saves. The 15 saves is the second most in school history.
•Kelci Slaughter started the first game of her career tonight.