UNO sets attendance record, falls to PSU

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August 18th, 2013

Omaha, NE – The exhibition game Saturday at Omaha South High’s Collin Stadium brought out an energetic and raucous crowd.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha men’s soccer team set a school record with 2,581 fans in attendance. The Mavericks matched the crowd’s enthusiasm as the game progressed. But Penn State got on the board in the 13th minute, after a corner kick was volleyed past UNO goalkeeper Matt Grosey by Martin Seiler for a goal. And it would prove to be enough for the Nittany Lions as they beat UNO 1-0.

Matt Grosey (left) allowed one goal and had three saves in the loss to Penn State. (Photo Courtesy KVNONews)

Matt Grosey (left) allowed one goal and had three saves in the loss to Penn State. (Photo Courtesy KVNONews)

UNO’s offense seemed to be relying on lower percentage long passes down the pitch instead utilizing build up play, where several smaller kicks are used to attack the opposing team. However, in the second half, the Mavs seemed to get their wits about them, and were on the offensive with numerous opportunities.

One was a shot from senior forward Craig Buettner which appeared to have passed the line, hit the corner pole and deflect out, but the ball was ruled to not have completely passed the goal line. Though replay video of the play shows the ball clearly crossing the line.

UNO also had quality plays from sophomore midfielder Logan Mendez, freshman forward Christian Garcia and junior forward Vance Rookwood during the game, but ultimately they were unable to capitalize and fell 1-0.

Up next for the Mavs is a date with the number six team in the country, cross town Creighton University, which is coming off a 1-0 victory over the University of Notre Dame Sunday. UNO and Creighton are set for a 7pm kick off on Friday.

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