Mavs stunned in loss, look ahead to game with Titans

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September 18th, 2013

Omaha, NE – A close match was played between the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Tuesday night. Both the Mavericks and the Cougars tussled in what seemed to be a pretty equal affair.

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That is until the 86th minute.

SIUE’s Justin Bilyeu was awarded a direct kick and he took complete advantage. Senior goalkeeper Matt Grosey was unable to stop Bilyeu’s shot and the Cougars took the lead and eventually won the game 1-0. Head Coach Jason Mims said Grosey may have missed stopping the goal but he has been a mainstay for the Mavs.

“He is a wonderful, wonderful leader, wonderful captain, (and) wonderful person,” Mims said. “So Matt is very, very driven and (he) will be more disappointed than anyone on the team from the loss and the goal. Matt always is, I just told him to keep his head up. He has saved us all the time. (I told him) don’t worry about the goal. Matt will bounce back.”

Sophomore defender Logan Mendez had one shot on goal in 76 minutes of duty Tuesday night. (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

Sophomore defender Logan Mendez had one shot on goal in 76 minutes of duty Tuesday night. (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

UNO will need Grosey to bounce back quickly from the goal and the loss. He has practically played lights out in Goal for the Mavs, posting a 1.56 goals against average good for second in the Summit League. With the conference schedule looming how he plays will be key Mims said.Mims pointed to Saturday’s game with Cal State Fullerton as the next step in the process. He said the Mavs match up well with the Titans. But he is wary of their talent pool.

“They will have a lot of California kids on their team, and with that comes a lot of talent. California produces some of the best players in the country. I told our guys I think we have played now counting exhibition (games) seven games. Every game we’ve played in has come down to the last couple minutes of the game.“

Cal State Fullerton heads into Saturday’s game 1-5, with two of the five losses coming in overtime. Kick-off is set for 4pm at the UNO Soccer field at 68th and Spring Street in Omaha.

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