Three Soccer Players Named To C-USA Preseason Team

Aug. 4, 2015

DENTON - Three North Texas soccer players were named to the preseason All-Conference USA team, and the Mean Green squad was picked to finish second in the upcoming season in the coaches' poll announced Tuesday.

Senior goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine, senior midfielder Karla Pineda and junior forward Rachel Holden were all selected by the league's coaches for the preseason team. This is the second-straight year that Holden has been honored and the second time in Kerestine's career that she has been voted to the team. Kerestine was the only goalkeeper to make the list. Pineda is making her debut on the preseason team.

North Texas was selected to finish second in Conference USA after finishing as runner-up in the conference tournament last year. The Mean Green won the regular-season title in 2014. Rice took the top spot after winning the conference tournament.

Kerestine was named second-team all-conference in 2014 after leading C-USA in shutouts (14), goals against average (0.51) and save percentage (.902). Her GAA set a league single-season record. She was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week four times in 2014, and was the only player to receive weekly recognition from the conference more than two times.

Pineda was named first-team all-conference after scoring 11 goals and dishing out 10 assists last season. As the team's free-kick specialist, she recorded eight tallies and set up six goals from set pieces.

Holden scored four goals in 2014, including two against conference opponents, despite drawing a lot of attention and double teams in 2014 after a stellar freshman campaign. She finished tied for third on the team with nine points.

North Texas returns all but one starter from last year's team. The Mean Green opens its season in Las Vegas when it faces Southern Utah on Friday, Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. The Mean Green rounds out the weekend with a game against UNLV on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m.

2015 C-USA PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lauren Hughes | Sr. | F | Rice | Ottawa, Canada

2015 C-USA PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jenny Fichera | Rice | Jr. | D | Ann Arbor, Michigan

2015 C-USA PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Martha Thomas | Charlotte | So. | F | Weston, Florida
Marie Egan | FIU | Sr. | D | Littleton, Colorado
Claire Emslie | Florida Atlantic | Sr. | M | Penicuik, Scotland
Kathryn Sloan | Louisiana Tech | Jr. | F | Kansas City, Missouri
Kelly Culicerto | Marshall | Sr. | MF | Charlotte, N.C.
Rachel Holden | North Texas | Jr. | F | Lancaster, Texas
Jackie Kerestine | North Texas | Sr. | GK | Euless, Texas
Karla Pineda | North Texas | Sr. | MF | Houston, Texas
Jenny Fichera | Rice | Jr. | D | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Holly Hargreaves | Rice | Sr. | F | New Hope, Pennsylvania
Lauren Hughes | Rice | Sr. | F | Ottawa, Canada
Aleah Davis | UTEP | Jr. | MF | Hewitt, Texas

2015 C-USA PRESEASON POLL
(as selected by C-USA coaches)
1. Rice
2. North Texas
3. Charlotte
4. UTEP
5. Marshall
6. FIU
7. Florida Atlantic
8. Middle Tennessee
9. Old Dominion
10. WKU
11. Louisiana Tech
12. UAB
13. UTSA
14. Southern Miss


 

 

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