JONESBORO, Ark.- North Texas soccer extended its unbeaten streak to three, and sets up a match for the Sun Belt regular season title next Friday, with a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Arkansas State. The winner of next Friday's Denver-North Texas clash in Denton wins the Sun Belt Championship.
The Mean Green (12-4-2, 7-1-1 Sun Belt) drew Arkansas State (6-9-3, 4-5-1 Sun Belt), for their second draw of the season and the first draw in Sun Belt season.
"We had the game won a few times, but the post seems to be our worst enemy," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "Give Arkansas State credit, they battled hard today. Even with the tie, we are still in control of our own fate on getting the one seed and winning the regular season title."
Kelsey Hodges scored her sixth goal of the season in the 63rd minute, to give North Texas a lead. Ellen Scarfone had her eighth assist of the year and has a goal or assist in seven of her nine Sun Belt games this year. Scarfone moves into a tie for eighth with 20 career assists.
Michelle Clark tied the game for Arkansas State in the 86th minute.
North Texas had the best chance to win the game in the final minute of overtime, when the Mean Green missed a penalty kick.
Jackie Kerestine had a career-high 10 saves. Her goals-against average for the season sits at 0.84. Her goals against average in league games is 0.43.
North Texas out-shot Arkansas State 24-18. North Texas earned seven corners to ASU's four.
The Mean Green take hosts Denver in the Sun Belt regular season championship on Friday, October 28 at the Mean Green Soccer Complex, with kick at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: All of North Texas' starters played 90 minutes or more … This is North Texas' third overtime game of the season, the Mean Green are 0-1-2 in those games … North Texas has not given up more than one goal in all nine Sun Belt games this year.