Mean Green Soccer Wins First C-USA Tournament Title
North Texas Is Headed Back To NCAA Tournament For The First Time Since 2012
MIAMI -- The North Texas soccer team won its first Conference USA tournament championship and is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 with the 1-0 victory against Marshall on Sunday afternoon at the FIU Soccer Complex.
"I'm just so proud of this team, especially this senior group," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "To not give up a goal throughout the tournament and win both titles for the year is very special. Really no time to celebrate, we will now focus our attention on the NCAA tournament."
For the third straight conference tournament game, North Texas scored an early goal and then relied on its defense to preserve the lead.
The goal was scored by senior Amber Haggerty in the 15th minute off her own rebound. The forward collected the ball inside the 18-yard box off a long throw-in from Marchelle Davis. Her header went off the crossbar, and Haggerty was right there for the put back.
The last time that North Texas won a conference tournament championship and went on to the NCAA Tournament was in 2012. Haggerty scored the game-winning goal in that 2012 championship game versus FIU as a freshman. Three years later, Haggerty repeated that feat.
Jackie Kerestine preserved the shutout victory with a diving save in the 86th minute off a header from a corner kick. The senior earned her 15th shutout of the season, breaking her own single-season
school record set last year.
The Mean Green defense posted three shutouts en route to the tournament title. As a team, the 2015 team set a team record for shutouts with 16.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out its opponent on Monday, Nov. 9 during the NCAA Selection Show at 3:30 p.m., central time.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
North Texas wins its fourth conference tournament championship, the first Conference USA title. The Mean Green has now won seven regular-season titles and four conference tournament titles.
North Texas is returning to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time. North Texas has received four automatic bids. The Mean Green is 0-3 in these games.
Jackie Kerestine recorded her 15th individual shutout, breaking her own record. The 16 team shutouts sets a team record.
Amber Haggerty scored her fifth goal of the season, good for third on the team.
With her three saves today, Jackie Kerestine extends her season saves total to 114, moving into third place on the single-season list.
John Hedlund wins his 299th career game.