Holden Scores Golden Goal To Lift Soccer To Win
Mean Green Remains Unbeaten In Conference Play
CHARLOTTE -- For the second straight game, Rachel Holden came up with the clutch goal. The junior forward scored the golden goal in the 94th minute to lift the North Texas soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory against Charlotte on Friday night.
"Give Charlotte a lot of credit," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "They played an outstanding game tonight. Overtime is never easy and can be brutal at times, but fortunately for us, Amber was able to find Rachel in front of the goal for the gamewinner."
Despite being outshot, 15-8, the Mean Green left the field with the victory. North Texas posted just two shots on goal in 94 minutes of play. Anna Flobeck had a header saved in the second half, and then Holden's goal just four minutes into the first overtime period were the only Mean Green shots on frame.
The Mean Green defense worked hard to record its 10th shutout of the season. Charlotte peppered the North Texas goal right from the opening whistle. The 49ers had six shots in the opening 15 minutes of play. North Texas goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine was kept busy; she recorded the second-most saves this season with eight.
Senior Amber Haggerty finally found Holden for the game-winning goal. Haggerty worked to the endline and passed the ball back into the box to Holden, who finished it into the left-hand side of the goal.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas continues its road swing with a Sunday game against Old Dominion at 12 p.m., central time.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
North Texas remains undefeated in conference play with a 3-0-1 record.
The Mean Green won its third straight game.
The Mean Green won its first overtime game. North Texas is 1-1-1 in overtime games this season.
Rachel Holden scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season and her second goal in conference play. p>
Rachel Holden recorded her second straight game-winning goal. She also moved into a tie for 10th place all-time at North Texas with nine career game-winning goals.
Amber Haggerty has recorded five points in the last three games.
Jackie Kerestine records her ninth shutout of the season. She moved into a tie (with herself) for third place with nine shutouts in a single-season.
Jackie Kerestine made eight saves, the second most this season.