Soccer suffers first conference loss
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 16:10
The Maverick men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to IPFW Saturday night at the Hefner Soccer Complex in Fort Wayne, Ind. and dropped their record to 4-7-1 and 2-1-1 in conference play. The loss to the Mastodons is UNO’s first in league play.
The Mavs remain third in The Summit League, one point ahead of IUPUI and two points behind UMKC.
UNO was able to force the tempo early, taking the first six shots of the game. But none found the back of the net.
Though UNO was carrying the play, IPFW was the first team to capitalize. The Mastodons used a corner kick in the 31st minute to take the lead. The Mastodons' Jackson Tooke had a shot blocked by the Maverick defense, but teammate Nate Shipman found the rebound and scored on the chance.
It was IPFW’s first real attack on the UNO net. In the second half the Mastodon defense preserved the shutout by allowing the Mavs only one shot on goal.
Despite the loss, UNO outshot the Mastodons 13-11. Freshman midfielder Emir Alihodzic lead the way with four shots, one on goal.
The match was marked by physical play between the two teams. The Mavs and Mastodons kept the official busy, combining for 10 yellow cards and 32 fouls.
The win was IPFW’s first of the year and improves the Mastodons to 1-12-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the conference.