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UNT/TWU roundup: Late goal preserves nine-year streak

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The last time North Texas lost a conference home game, Mean Green forward Cat Sebazco was 12.

On Friday, the 21-year-old senior saved the program's national-record unbeaten streak with a tying goal in the 88th minute of North Texas' 1-1 draw versus No. 18 Rice.

"Our mindset going in was we're undefeated on this field for the past eight years and we wanted to make it nine," Sebazco said.

The senior, playing in her second-to-last home match, scored her first goal of the season off a corner kick from junior Aaliyah Nolan.

"I've been hitting crossbars all year," Sebazco said. "I'm more than happy to have contributed to this field staying sealed for now almost nine years."

The Owls entered Friday with a 9-0-0 record in Conference USA. Rice ended the Mean Green's three-year run as conference regular-season champions last week when they defeated Charlotte and UNT lost 3-1 at Old Dominion.

The Owls (12-2-2, 9-0-1 C-USA) took an early lead on North Texas (11-3-3, 6-1-2), scoring in the 14th minute.

In overtime, the Mean Green had two corner kick opportunities and came up just short on a few shots.

Mean Green goalie Brooke Bradley was tested throughout the match but came away with five saves and improved her season record to 7-1-3.

North Texas is 40-0-3 since its last home conference loss, on Oct. 31, 2008.

Despite coming away with a point, the Mean Green fell from second to third and into a tie with Old Dominion. Louisiana Tech moved ahead of the Mean Green by a point, as it beat Southern Mississippi.

Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion have no more games left. North Texas hosts last-place Florida International at 1 p.m. Sunday. A victory would propel the Mean Green into second place and the No. 2 seed in next week's conference tournament.

No. 9 Angelo State 1, TWU 0

SAN ANGELO -- TWU hung close to ninth-ranked Angelo State in a 1-0 loss.

Maddie Vickroy registered a game-high eight saves for the Pioneers (5-84, 2-6-3 Lone Star), and Chelsea Martin tied a game high with five shots.

TWU put up 14 shots while ASU (12-2-1, 9-1-1) had 22, the most against the Pioneers this season.

Hannah Schneider nearly put TWU on the board in the second minute when her shot hit the post. Schneider and Margaret Torres each garnered an attempt in the seventh minute, but the tries were saved by ASU's keeper. Martin's shot dinged off of the goalpost in the 22nd.

Conference leader Trenadey Scott notched her 15th goal of the season on an attempt from the left.

Lexi D'Abrosca's shot in the 79th minute was saved and ended up being the final Pioneer attempt.

The Pioneers visit Texas-Permian Basin at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Volleyball

Texas A&M-Kingsville d. TWU

Makayla Mayfield registered a season-high 15 kills and added 10 digs for her sixth double-double in a 21-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-16 loss to Texas A&M-Kingsville at Kitty Magee Arena.

TWU's Miri Shade totaled 10 kills and 12 digs for her sixth double-double, and Katy Ranes had 41 assists and 15 digs for her fifth double-double.

A&M-Kingsville (17-9, 9-5 Lone Star) tallied 14 blocks against the Pioneers (10-14, 7-8) to tie the highest total acquired by a TWU opponent in 2017. The 30 errors committed by the Pioneers were a season-high versus an LSC opponent.

The Pioneers opened the match with a victory by turning a 14-11 advantage into an 18-12 lead. The tone changed in second set when the Javelinas strung together a trio of big runs.

Trailing 10-7 in Set 4, Mayfield delivered a kill to close TWU within a pair, but the Javelinas raced ahead with a 12-1 run for a 22-9 advantage. A block by Courtney Noel and Shade cut the deficit to 23-15 before Kingsville took the victory.

"I was pleased with the way Katy Ranes really worked to get her middles the ball in the fourth set," TWU coach Jeff Huebner said. "We appreciate all the fans, parents and students coming out to support and raise awareness for leukemia research."

The Pioneers host a pair of matches Saturday against Southeastern Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. and Arkansas-Monticello at 5 p.m.

UNT d. Rice

Barbara Teakell's career-high 21 kills led North Texas to a 25-19, 29-31, 25-19, 25-22 win over Rice. Teakell was one of four players with double-digit digs, posting 18.

UNT middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain posted three of her 11 kills in the opening plays of the final set, helping the team out to a 5-0 lead. After the Owls erased the early lead, North Texas rattled off a 6-1 run, thanks to three Rice errors.