A tough season for Maverick women’s soccer
November 7th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Wrapping up womenâ€™s soccer at the University of Nebraska Omaha: the Mavericks closed out with a 5-7-2 record. But Coach Don Klosterman said heâ€™s proud of his team for pulling through a challenging season.
The Mavericks had a tough schedule to endure.
â€œIt was grueling in a sense because we traveled over 6,000 miles in September,â€ Klosterman said. After another 4,000 miles in October, Klosterman said the team stayed positive. â€œNot one complaint,â€ he said. â€œThey had a great attitude throughoutâ€¦ and I think that is the only thing we can ask for.”
After UNO moved to Division I in March, Coach Klosterman was forced to complete this yearâ€™s schedule quickly. A mix of both top tier division two teams and division one teams was scheduled, including four future Summit league opponents: UMKC (1-2), Western Illinois (1-0), South Dakota (3-2) and North Dakota State (1-3).
UNO held its own, winning two of the four. Klosterman said he was proud his team welcomed all challengers despite having little time to prepare. Heâ€™s most proud of beating a Division I team in South Dakota, he said, as the Mavericks battled back from a halftime deficit and scored two goals in the second half to claim victory.
Klosterman was also quick to point out areas in which his team can get better.
â€œWell we need to figure out ways to score some goals,â€ he said. In soccer, â€œone or two goals can make a big, big difference in a game.â€
Looking to next year, Klosterman said his team can use this yearâ€™s experience as a stepping stone.
â€œThe fact that weâ€™ve done this now, and we have a little bit of an idea,â€ he said. â€œThere is going to be some of carryover going into next season in the sense that they know what to expect.â€
Also, Klosterman said, next yearâ€™s schedule is marked in ink.
UNO will play against Iowa State at home. Creighton will also travel to UNO to play a match. Games against Boise State, Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Drake and Portland State round off the non-conference schedule.
Klosterman said UNOâ€™s new status as Division I also benefits Creighton University, another D-I school. He said UNOâ€™s coordinating with Creighton on future schedules, so schools traveling to Omaha can play both teams in a two- or three-day period.
â€œWeâ€™re fortunate things have fallen into place,â€ he said. â€œWe are also fortunate because of our location. We are easy to get to, and teams want to come here.â€
On the 2012 roster, Klosterman said his team will miss senior Haley Renshaw, who he called the best defender on the team this year. With three seniors moving on after the year, UNO will have plenty of room to grow in recruiting.
Klosterman said he already has commitments from a few players who have the ability to attack. â€œNow, are they going to come in here and score 20 goals? Probably not,â€ he said. But, he said, heâ€™s satisfied with the class.
â€œI am happy because weâ€™ve got players coming off some really good clubs experiences,” he said. “Theyâ€™ve had good training; theyâ€™ve been in leagues, and with competition that is very, very high.â€
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