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Soccer: Oklahoma State edges UNT

STILLWATER, Okla. — North Texas battled back from a two-goal deficit against a ranked opponent for the second straight game, but Oklahoma State squeaked past the Mean Green.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my team,” UNT coach John Hedlund said.

Coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against No. 16 Long Beach State on Sunday, UNT fell into a quick hole against the Cowgirls. Kendra Boydstun scored in the third minute for OSU (8-1-0), while Madison Mercado added a goal in the 30th minute to make it 2-0.

A strong second-half start ignited a Mean Green rally, fueled by Guyer product Kelsey Hodges’ sixth goal of the season in the 47th minute. Freshman Amber Haggerty tied the game at 2 in the 50th minute with UNT’s second unassisted goal of the game.

The Mean Green (5-2-1) withstood a furious Cowgirl rally for the next few minutes, including two saves by goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine and an OSU shot that hit the post.

UNT had an opportunity in the 87th minute to take the lead, but OSU’s Adrianna Franch made her second save of the game against Michelle Young.

Just over a minute later, Allie Stephenson gave the Cowgirls the 3-2 advantage.

“We were less than three minutes away from taking the game into OT,” Hedlund said. “From a national perspective, people are starting to take notice of us, and I hope with our results of late we at least receive votes for the top 25.”

The Mean Green will host TCU on Sunday for its final nonconference game.