Six Mean Green Soccer Players Named All-Conference
Holden Named Co-Offensive Player Of The Year, Pineda Named Midfielder Of The Year
Nov. 3, 2015
DENTON - The Mean Green regular-season soccer champions were honored by Conference USA with six all-conference performers, highlighted by Rachel Holden, who was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and Karla Pineda, who was named Midfielder of the Year.
Goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine joined Holden and Pineda on the first-team squad. Tess Graham and Molly Grisham, the senior defenders that anchor the backline, were both named to the third team. Taylor Torres was named to the all-freshman team.
Holden stepped up her play down the stretch. She led the conference with six goals in league play, scoring a goal in four-straight games, with two of them game-winners. Holden and Pineda were tied for the lead in the conference and ranked nationally with five game-winning goals apiece. Holden was named Offensive Player of the Week on Oct 19 for her game-winning goals against Middle Tennesse and UAB. She was named Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman.
Pineda was the Mean Green's set-piece specialist. She was just as skillful dishing out the assist as she was putting the ball in the net herself, serving up seven assists and scoring seven goals during her senior season. The seven assists tied for third in the conference and added to her career total of 31 assists, which ranks second in school history. One of her biggest shots came against TCU, when she scored the game-winning goal off a set piece in the 86th minute. She also lofted a 35-yard shot against Rice that went over the goalkeeper's head and ended up being the game-winner.
Kerestine leads the conference and is ranked in the top 10 nationally in shutouts, save percentage and goals against average. She has allowed just three goals in conference play, a league best. She was named Goalkeeper of the Week five times, including a stretch of three straight. She is second in the conference in saves with 101, tying a personal career best.
Graham and Grisham are the central defenders for the Mean Green. The senior duo have started in all 20 games for North Texas and anchored a backline that held opponents to just nine goals all season, a conference low. They were part of a defense that recorded 13 shutouts, posting a shutout percentage of .650, which ranks eighth nationally.
Torres finished third on the Mean Green with 10 points. The speedy freshman played in all 20 games and broke into the senior-laden lineup seven times.
North Texas led the conference with three first-team honorees and tied with Rice for the most all-conference performers.