First Place Is On The Line For Mean Green Soccer On Sunday
Showdown Between The Top Two Teams In The Conference
DENTON - The North Texas soccer team sits in first place in the conference standings, but the Mean Green will be challenged when they face the second-place team, Rice, on Sunday in Houston at 1 p.m.
The Mean Green currently is 4-0 in Conference USA and is in first place with 12 points. With its loss to UTEP last week, Rice (3-1) is in second place with nine points. The Owls defeated Mean Green, 4-0, last year. It was the largest margin of defeat for the Mean Green since losing, 5-0, to Long Beach State, in 2007.
The Mean Green is clicking on both sides of the field and was rewarded with offensive and defensive player of the week honors. Karla Pineda was rewarded after scoring two goals and posting an assist in the two games. She leads the team with six goals and five assists.
“I remember they were very physical and fast,” said Pineda about Rice last year. “They finished all their chances. I think that is what we need to do. We need to finish our chances. We had so many last time.”
Ten Mean Green players, including Pineda, who have found the back of the net this season. Five have scored multiple goals.
On the other side of the field, North Texas has not allowed a goal in conference play and is ranked 11th nationally in shutout percentage. Jackie Kerestine was named defensive player of the week for the second straight week with her performances. She has pitched shutouts in nine of the team’s 10 wins.
“Every game is important, but this game is special because whoever wins has more of a chance to win the whole thing,” said Pineda.
The Mean Green is in the middle of a playing five straight games on the road. They are currently 2-0 on this stretch and are 4-0 this season away from home.
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