DENTON, Texas – Last weekend, North Texas goalkeeper Haley Riley showed her teammates, Mean Green fans and a national TV audience why she was chosen to take the reins when Jackie Kerestine went down with a season-ending injury. Riley posted back-to-back shutouts, which earned the sophomore Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday.
“Haley had a solid weekend,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. “She was very poised, played with tremendous confidence and really did not allow either opponent second chances on shots.”
Just two days after her first career shutout on Friday against Sam Houston State, Riley tallied a five-save clean slate at Big 12 cross-town rival TCU on Fox Sports Southwest. She posted nine saves in the weekend's two games, which saw NT out-score its competition, 5-0. Riley now has a 3-0 record and a 0.37 goals against average (second in C-USA) this year.
She earns her first career C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award, but is NT’s second such honor of the year. Freshman Rachel Holden was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week after posting four goals in the opening week of the season.
North Texas will take on McNeese State at home on Friday at 7 p.m., and then will take to the airwaves of Fox Sports Southwest once again on Sunday at noon at Oklahoma.