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Soccer: UNT crushes host Sooners

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North Texas continued to make a case for a spot in the national top 25 on Sunday, demolishing Oklahoma 5-0 on the road for its fourth straight win.

Freshman Rachel Holden posted a hat trick to lead the UNT offensive, and Haley Riley recorded her fourth straight shutout in goal. The win was the Mean Green’s second in the span of a week over a Big 12 school.

UNT (6-2) knocked off TCU 2-0 on Sept. 8.

The Mean Green received votes last week in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, but did not crack the Top 25.

“Oklahoma is a very good team,” UNT head coach John Hedlund said. “They went to Florida State last week and lost 1-0 to the third-ranked team in the country. We just put five up on them and shut them down. This shows how good we are playing and should put us in the top 20. We deserve it.”

Holden sparked UNT, scoring in the 23rd, 68th and 73rd minute for her second hat trick in eight games.

“Holden had a huge game with the hat trick,” Hedlund said. “The entire offense played well. There is so much speed, and we can hit teams from so many different directions.”

Amber Haggerty and Allison Harper bookended Holden’s hat trick with goals of their own to give UNT its second-largest margin of victory in a game this season.

“The balls the teammates played to me gave me opportunities,” Holden said. “It was a good game for us overall.”

Riley finished with eight saves and faced only a few challenging shots behind the Mean Green’s defense that controlled the game.

The win marks the fourth time that UNT has knocked off two Big 12 teams in the same year, having also accomplished that feat in 2009, 2008 and 1998.

UNT’s only losses of the year came on the road in double overtime to 10th-ranked Wake Forest and to Virginia Tech, which is also receiving votes in the Top 25.

“It’s a huge win, especially to beat then 5-0 on their home field,” Holden said. “This is a kind of win that can help us get into the top 25.”