DENTON, Texas (9/13/12) North Texas soccer faces a tough test on Friday, September 13, on the road against No. 7 Oklahoma State.
North Texas is in the midst of one of its toughest stretches ever, and will be playing back-to-back games against ranked teams for the first time in program history. Baylor received votes in the NSCAA poll, Long Beach State is still ranked in the top-25, and Oklahoma State has been ranked as high as No. 3 this season.
The Mean Green had its five-game winning streak come to a close last weekend after tying Baylor 0-0 and falling 3-2 in overtime against No. 16 Long Beach State in a heartbreaking manner.
The 49ers were the first opponents that the Mean Green allowed to score more than one goal in a game since Cal State Fullerton scored four goals against them on Sept. 18, 2011. North Texas goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine was in goal for each of the 18 games during that stretch, and still possesses a career goals-against-average of 0.70.
"Our confidence is extremely high going into this game [on Friday]," said Kerestine. "We came back from losing 2-0 [against Long Beach State] and ended up forcing overtime, which was a huge booster in itself. Even though we didn't get the results we wanted last weekend, we still played very well and we are hoping to do the same against OSU this weekend."
Despite losing to the No. 16 team in the nation on Sunday, North Texas has responded in games following teams ranked in the top-20. The Mean Green is 5-0-0 all-time in games following teams ranked in the top-20, and has also won both meetings against the Cowgirls all-time.
North Texas junior defender Kelsey Hodges is tied atop the Sun Belt Conference with a team-leading five goals. She is just three goals away from surpassing her total of seven goals last season.
North Texas and No. 7 Oklahoma State get things underway at 7 p.m.