Maverick soccer coach Jason Mims looks forward
July 22nd, 2012
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska Omaha men’s soccer season begins Aug. 11 with an exhibition game against Iowa Western Community College. Following last season’s dismal record, the team is ready to move forward.
After opening their inaugural season last year as winners with a 2-1 victory over the University of Missouri Kansas City, the Mavericks had a stretch of seven games where they were outscored 27-0. That type of spell is tough, especially for a first year Division I team, said Head Coach Jason Mims. The team ended its season 1-11-1, but Mims said he hopes this year will provide a fresh start.
“We’ve got about 10 new players coming in,” Mims said. In fact, he said, about 65 percent of the fall team will be new. But while he’s excited about the new blood, Mims said the “core of the team is returning.”
“I think we have a good, solid group of returners coming back,” Mims said.
Those new players include the 2011 Gatorade Nebraska Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year, Creighton Prep’s Jake Linden. Linden is transferring to UNO from Xavier, where he spent one injury shortened season, playing only four games. Good news to UNO fans, Linden was granted a medical hardship last year, meaning he has all four years of eligibility remaining. Even with a new wave of talented players, Mims said the team will still face its own set of adverse situations.
Mims said the nucleus of the team is different because such a high percentage of the players are new. “This will be their first fall at UNO,” Mims said. “So it will definitely be a different feeling.”
With the season opener only 20 days away, Mims said UNO has plenty of work to do. The players officially arrive for fall camp in early August. While Mims steered clear of player predictions, he was enthusiastic about the coming season.
“I think for sure we will be a better team,” Mims said. “I’m not sure if the results will show this year or not. But as far as being more competitive…and a little bit more talented… we are headed in the right direction.”
Mims said the fresh start will be a rebirth for his team. “We have so many new guys,” he said, it’s “almost like starting over again.”
The Mavericks’ opening game against Iowa Western Community College is August 11th. The game will be played at UNO Soccer Field on 68th and Spring Streets in Omaha.
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