Building Off Sunday's Hat Trick
Freshman Berklee Peters Finds More Confidence After Three-Goal Game
DENTON — After last Sunday’s game versus Houston Baptist, freshman Berklee Peters left feeling on top of the world.
Not only did the Mean Green soccer team win 5-0 over the Huskies, the freshman scored her first collegiate goal late in the first half.
But scoring goals is nothing new to Peters. The Keller native was named to preseason high school all-America watch-lists. What Peters did in the second half was something she’d never done at any level.
On Sunday, Peters became the 22nd Mean Green soccer player to score a hat trick and the 10th freshman to do so — the first since Rachel Holden in 2013.
The three-goal performance has not only left a smile on Peters’ face but has also lifted some weight off her shoulders.
“It’s tough coming to a program like North Texas with the high expectations that have been set here,” said senior forward Cat Sebazco. “But I know having that kind of match really helped her feel more comfortable. You could see it in practice this week.”
Sebazco and Peters have known each other for a while. Coming from the same hometown, the two played club soccer together, and Peters is good friends with Sebazco’s younger sister.
“It’s been great having (Sebazco) here,” Peters said. “She’s someone who’s taught me a lot and given me confidence to grow as a player. We play a similar style so I lean on her even more so.”
Like scoring goals, winning isn’t anything new to Peters. While playing at Keller High School, Peters led the Indians to 70 wins. As a senior, Keller finished ranked in the top-10 in Texas and reached the semifinals of the UIL 2017 6A Girls Soccer State Championship.
Furthermore, winning at North Texas is in her bloodline.
Her father Kevin played for the men’s tennis team and was a part of the 1991 Southland Conference Championship team. Her mother Laurel is also a graduate of North Texas.
Unfortunately her parents weren’t able to make Sunday’s match but they watched it online and heard all about it soon after. Four years from now, Peters’ performance on Sunday just be a note on her time at North Texas. But for now, Peters feels the match has opened some doors to be a better player and help the team continue its winning tradition.
“It’s given me the confidence that what I’m doing in practice and training is working,” Peters said. “All of us freshmen have been working hard and to see it show on the field is great. I, of course, don’t expect to score three goals every match, but I want to have a positive impact on every game and I’m more confident now that I can.”
Peters and the Mean Green soccer team return to the Mean Green Soccer Complex on Friday as they host Weber State for a 7 p.m. game. They conclude the non-conference schedule on Sunday host Indiana at 1 p.m.
“I’m excited for the rest of this season, and hopefully can keep improving with each match,” Peters said.