Women's soccer lose first games on new Caniglia field to end the season
Published: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014 13:01
The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s women’s soccer team played its first match on its new field Nov. 1 as they lost 1-0 to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The teams played a scoreless first half, and the Mavericks looked as though they were a superior team for most of the period.
UNO goalie Meaghan Clark made a fantastic leaping save to tip the ball over the bar and out of bounds midway through.
“I just remember knowing that she was going to shoot the ball,” Clark said. “I saw that she was going to shoot, so I just prepped myself as well as I could. When it came down to it I was in the right spot and made the save.”
After halftime IUPUI scored the only goal of the game at the 51:41 mark. During most of the second half, the game looked more one sided in IUIPUI’s favor and they finished with a 7-2 advantage on shots on goal.
The next game took place at noon this Sunday on Caniglia field against Western Illinois where UNO lost 3-0. However, the first twenty minutes made it seem as though the Mavs would dominate the game. Hannah Wampler said that they were “on fire”
Similar to the previous game, they began to lose momentum. Coach Don Klosterman felt that the turning point was after a questionable referee call that resulted in a goal for Western Illinois.
“I think we got thrown off our game a little bit on the penalty,” Klosterman said. “It was kind of a bad call, but that happens. We should have reacted a little bit better to that.”
The view on the call was somewhat obscured so that what actually happened is not clear, but the referees called an intentional handball on UNO senior Logan Watts and awarded Western Illinois a penalty kick.
From then on, the Mavericks struggled to contain Western Illinois counterattack after the Mavericks put more pressure on the opposition for a goal.
“When you have to press up and try to score there’s always that vulnerability in the back of getting beat on the counterattack,” Klosterman said. “But that’s a chance you’ve got to take. It’s the last game of the season, and you want to try and get that goal and tie it.”
In the end, Western Illinois scored two more goals finishing the game with a lead of 3-0 in the Maverick’s final game of the season.
“What we need to work on for the next year is being able to finish our chances and just come out stronger and to stay strong the whole game,” Hannah Wampler said after the game.