UNO women’s soccer team finishes year, honors player

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October 26th, 2012

Omaha, NE – After a rocky start, the University of Nebraska Omaha women’s soccer team has come back strong. The Mavericks finish up their season this weekend with a pair of games, and before Sunday’s game, a UNO senior will be honored for her contributions to the program.

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UNO started off the year with a whopping ten straight losses. That includes a stretch of four games, where UNO was outscored 8-1. There are not many teams who can dig out of that deep of a hole regardless of the sport they play, according to Don Klosterman, head coach of the women’s soccer team at UNO. But, Klosterman said, following the bad start, his team just kept fighting.

Danielle Archuleta (19) leads UNO with most goals (5), shots (35), shots on goal (19), and points (11) (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

“I told them at 0-10, you guys could have totally folded up and quit,” Klosterman said. “But you didn’t; you kept playing.”

“I’m proud of this team,” he said. “To keep together and stay positive, and to keep pushing forward and try to win games, was more impressive to me than …some of the other teams that had a ton of talent and it was easy for them.”

Going into Summit League play at 0-10, the Mavericks found themselves searching for answers. But UNO bounced back and went 3-3 in the next six games. The Mavs were competing for a conference championship before last weekend’s losses to IUPUI and Western Illinois put them out of contention. The Mavs were also the only team in the conference to beat Summit League leader Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Coach Klosterman said the biggest improvements are the team’s confidence and ability to create more chances, which is what led to more goals. He singled out his team’s only senior, forward Danielle Archuleta, as an example of hard work paying off. “I can still remember back as far as her second day of practice,” Klosterman said, “when she was a freshman and I thought ‘I’m not sure this girl is going to be able to play.’ But, to her credit, probably one of the most improved players we’ve had in our program over the years.” Archuleta will be honored at Senior Day prior to the game against North Dakota State on Sunday.

Klosterman credited her speed, athleticism and effort for Archuleta’s improvement. “She has been a dangerous threat in this league against people this year, and we are going to miss that from her.” Archuleta has been the team’s top scoring threat with five goals on 35 shots.

Sunday’s game begins at 2:15 p.m. Friday’s game against South Dakota State kicked off 2:15 p.m. Both are home games and will be played at UNO Soccer Field at 68th and Spring Streets in Omaha.

Update – UNO fell 6-1 in their game against South Dakota State. In the game SDSU’s Diana Potterveld notched a hat trick on four shots.

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