Sebazco's Late Game-Tying Goal Keeps North Texas' Unbeaten Streak Alive
North Texas Ties No. 18 Rice, 1-1
Oct. 27, 2017
DENTON -- The last time the North Texas soccer team lost a home conference match, Mean Green forward Cat Sebazco was 12 years old.
Friday, the now 21-year old college senior saved the program's national record unbeaten streak with a game-tying goal in the 88th minute of North Texas' 1-1 draw versus No. 18 Rice.
"Our mindset going in was we're undefeated on this field for the past eight years and we wanted to make it nine," Sebazco said.
The senior, playing in her second to last home match of her career, scored her first goal of the season off a corner kick from junior Aaliyah Nolan.
Nolan's pass fell perfect to the back post area of the net where Sebazco was waiting and quickly tapped the ball into the net before the Owls' goalie could react.
"I've been hitting crossbars all year," Sebazco said. "I'm more than happy to have contributed to this field staying sealed for now almost nine years."
The No. 18 nationally ranked Owls entered Friday's match with a perfect 9-0-0 record in conference play. Rice ended the Mean Green's three-year run as regular season conference champions last week when they defeated Charlotte and North Texas lost 3-1 at Old Dominion.
The Owls (12-2-2, 9-0-1) took an early lead on North Texas (11-3-3, 6-1-2), scoring a goal in the 14th minute.
However the Mean Green had a number of opportunities from there on out and were just waiting for the one to finally go in.
On what was the eighth corner kick of the night for North Texas, they finally got their opportunity with just two minutes left on the clock.
In overtime, the Mean Green had two more corner kick opportunities and came up just short on a few shots. Mean Green goalie Brooke Bradley was tested throughout the match but came away with five saves and improved her season record to 7-1-3.
"Both teams had their opportunities to win the game in overtime but in the end the result seemed pretty fair for both teams," said head coach John Hedlund. "I'm really proud of the women tonight. They showed a lot of character especially coming back down 1-0 at the half. Rice is very worthy of their national ranking and high RPI but when our team found out last week they could no longer four-peat due to our first conference loss the motivation shifted to keeping our home conference winning streak alive."
North Texas is now 40-0-3 since their last home conference loss, which came on Oct. 31, 2008.
Despite coming away with a point in the conference standings, the Mean Green fell from second to third and into a tie with Old Dominion. Louisiana Tech moved ahead of the Mean Green by a point as they beat Southern Miss Friday night.
Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion, though, have no more games left and North Texas hosts last place FIU on Sunday at 1:00 PM. A victory over the Panthers would propel the Mean Green into second-place and earn a No. 2 seed in next week's conference tournament.
North Texas hosts FIU on senior night on Sunday at 1:00.