Mean Green Soccer Named Division I Statistical Champion
North Texas Defense Led Nation In Save Percentage
DENTON – The NCAA announced today that the North Texas women’s soccer team is the 2014-15 Division I statistical champion for save percentage.
Led by all-region goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine, the Mean Green defense allowed just 12 goals during the 2014 season for a save percentage of .898.
Individually, Kerestine finished second nationally in save percentage (.902). The junior allowed 11 goals and recorded 101 saves. She played every minute of the 2014 season until leaving the conference championship game with an injury.
Kerestine turned in a one of the best single-season performances by a North Texas goalkeeper in school history. After sitting out close to a full year with a knee injury, Kerestine returned in 2014 to lead a young defense, which was starting three new defenders.
The goalkeeper did more than lead. She shattered school records and finished the season by posting a conference single-season goals against average record of 0.51. Kerestine recorded shutouts in 14 of NT's 16 wins, setting single-season and career marks. She also broke career records in wins and saves.
Throughout the season, Kerestine stayed atop the conference in GAA, save percentage and shutouts. The junior was named Conference USA Defensive of the Week four times, the most weekly awards out of any player in the league. Following the conclusion of the season, she received second-team all-conference honors and was named to the all-tournament team.
Under the helm of John Hedlund, the Mean Green tied a program record with 16 victories and captured its ninth conference championship by winning the Conference USA regular-season title.