Soccer Receives Plaque For Being NCAA Statistical Champions In 2015
North Texas Ranked No. 1 In 2015 In Save Percentage
DENTON - For the second straight year, the North Texas soccer team was named the NCAA statistical champions in save percentage. Mean Green head coach John Hedlund received the plaque from the NCAA this week and will add it to the program's trophy case.
"One of the mottos we stress each year is defense first, and it really showed this past season with this special group of players," said Hedlund. "Molly (Grisham) and Tess (Graham) did a tremendous job running the back line with Mo (Jackie Moreau), Lindsey (Hulstein), Anna (Flobeck) and Alexsis (Cable) really contributing solid defense for us all year at the defensive midfielder spots. Chelsei (Soto), Kelci (Slaughter) and Reese (Carissa Sanders) played extremely well for us on the outside back positions and of course, Jackie (Kerestine) was all-world for us in goal."
As a team, the Mean Green finished first in save percentage with an average of .925. Goalkeepers Jackie Kerestine and Brooke Bradley faced 134 shots on goal and allowed just 10 goals during the 2015 season. Individually, Kerestine finished first in the NCAA for save percentage (.927). She allowed just nine goals in 23 games played.
In 2015, Kerestine broke her own records for shutouts and wins in a season with 15 shutouts and 19 wins. She was named Goalkeeper of the Week five times, including a stretch of three straight. She posted three shutouts in the conference tournament and was rewarded with Defensive MVP honors. She was named first-team all-conference for the first time in her career.
The defense in front of Kerestine was just as strong. The backline set a team record with 16 shutouts. Central defenders Molly Grisham and Tess Graham were named third-team all-conference for their solid play anchoring the defense.
The Mean Green soccer team opens its season with an exhibition game against Oklahoma on Friday, Aug. 12 at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. North Texas is aiming to defend its Conference USA regular-season conference title and tournament championship.