Mean Green Soccer Players Are Recognized After 2-0 Start

Aug. 24, 2015

DENTON -The Mean Green soccer team is collecting the awards after capturing the Las Vegas Invitational title this past weekend with wins against Southern Utah and UNLV.

Jackie Kerestine, Rachel Holden and Olivia Bagby were named to the Las Vegas Invitational all-tournament team for their play in the team's 2-0 start.

Kerestine was also named the tournament's most outstanding defensive player and the overall most outstanding player. She was recognized by Conference USA with the goalkeeper of the week award. The redshirt senior recorded six saves in two games and allowed just one goal, a penalty kick, in the opener. She made four stops to earn her first shutout of the season and the 32nd clean sheet of her career.

"Jackie is the anchor back there for us," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "She made some really good defensive stops in that first game and then she was able to shut out UNLV."

Kerestine is no stranger to the player of the week awards. She was named defensive player of the week four times last year and is the first recipient of the new goalkeeper weekly honor.

Holden has had a target on her back since her freshman year when she scored 12 goals. The junior drew a number of double teams in her two starts this past week and created numerous opportunities on and off the ball.

"I thought Rachel was very active," said Hedlund. "I know she didn't get the goals that she wanted, but she created a lot of things offensively for her teammates. She did a lot of damage up front that helped us create opportunities to score."

Bagby scored the Mean Green's first goal of the season with a hard-laced shot that went upper 90 in the first half against Southern Utah. The freshman came off the bench in both games. She scored her first career goal off her first career shot.

"She had the big goal that we needed," said Hedlund. "As a freshman, I thought she had a great start to her career. She gives us the depth that we need in that offensive midfielder position. She reads the game, she attacks, she sets up players in front of her, and she has a good shot."

North Texas continues action on Friday, Aug. 28 when it travels to San Antonio to face Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. The Mean Green opens its home schedule on Sunday, Aug. 30 against Kansas at 1 p.m.



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