Bizarre game ends in draw for UNO

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September 15th, 2013

Omaha, NE – The game between the Grizzlies and the Mavericks couldn’t have started any stranger.

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Senior forward Monica Bosiljevac headed in an apparent goal in the second minute, only to have it waved off due to an offside penalty committed by UNO. After this, the Grizzlies scored a goal to take the lead 1-0.

But UNO bounced back six minutes later to tie it up when senior forward Melanie McCormick tapped a shot past goal. This year is McCormick’s first as a forward, but she said she fits the position like a glove.

“It was a big change, because I have never played the position before,” McCormick said. “But it is actually kind of a natural fit. I enjoy it.”

The Mavs took the lead when sophomore Chelsi Rohloff finished a pass from Monica Bosilevac in the right corner to put UNO up 2-1. The Mavs came out fighting in the second half but seemingly let their foot off the gas and allowed Montana back into the game.

Chelsi Rohloff also had a big game for UNO, notching one goal and two assists. (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

Chelsi Rohloff also had a big game for UNO, notching one goal and two assists. (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

In the 80th minute, Montana tied it up 2-2 after a scramble for the ball found Tyler Adair open for a shot. Less than three minutes later a shot from Mackensie Akins gave the Grizzlies the lead, 3-2.
With less than eight minutes left in the game, fans considered it a done deal and some began to leave.

But McCormick saved her best for last.

With four minutes to go a Monica Bosilevac corner kick hit Chelsi Rohloff, who attempted a shot at goal. Her shot missed, but was captured by McCormick who smoothly turned and fired the game tying goal.

“Mel was unreal,” Klosterman said. “I mean that is a great night for anybody – two goals! And they were great goals, the third (team) goal she just stayed with it, stayed in the pocket, picked up that ball. Great turn and shot on the ball, it was great stuff. And the first goal to be on the far post it’s what she is supposed to do, she is doing her job. Those we’re great goals.”

The game would go into two overtimes before ending with a 3-3 draw. Klosterman said McCormick’s drive to succeed allowed her to score the final goal.

“I think she wants to win. You know? And that is what means a whole, whole lot. She is doing what it takes to win, it’s not always perfect and it’s not always pretty but she is doing other things that lead to goals or creates things”

UNO has a week off before a game September 20th against Creighton University. The game will be played at 7 p.m. on the campus of CU at Morrison Stadium.

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