Kerestine And Pineda Honored With Player of the Week Awards
The Duo Helped the Mean Green to Two Wins
DENTON - The Mean Green soccer team picked up two big road wins this past weekend and moved into first place in the conference standings. Juniors Jackie Kerestine and Karla Pineda were both honored with player of the week awards for their effort in the wins against UTEP and UTSA.
Kerestine received defensive player of the week honors for the second straight week after posting two more shutouts, and Pineda was named offensive player of the week with her two goals and an assist in the two victories.
"It's truly an honor to get both awards this week by C-USA," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "Jackie continues to rack up the shutouts, dominate in goal and be the captain of our defense. Ever since I moved Karla back to the offensive midfielder position, she has played at a MVP level and has been our top offensive player with goals and assists."
Kerestine recorded her fourth straight shutout in the two conference wins this past weekend. With the 1-0 overtime victory against UTEP and the 2-0 win at UTSA, Kerestine and the Mean Green defense have not allowed a goal in conference play. The keeper tied a season high with six saves against UTSA, while adding four at UTEP to post 10 stops over the weekend.
Pineda, the team's free-kick specialist, was instrumental in all of the Mean Green's three goals in the two games. The forward converted her first penalty kick of the season to lift her team to a 1-0 overtime victory against the Miners on Friday night.
Against UTSA, she delivered the corner kick and the assist to put North Texas ahead in the second minute of the match. Pineda then added an insurance goal by finding the back of the net off a free kick in the 48th minute to guide the Mean Green to a 2-0 win.
The junior has team bests in points (17), goals (6) and assists (5).
North Texas faces the No. 2 team in the conference when it travels to Houston to play Rice on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.