Mavs top UNL Club 2-1 in South Omaha Classic


August 18th, 2014

Omaha, NE – It was only an exhibition game, but the University of Nebraska at Omaha soccer team got the 2014 season started with a bang Saturday, during the second annual South Omaha Classic.


Squaring off against the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Club and Alumni squad, the Mavs came out inspired. The matchup appeared to be a mismatch early, as UNO held a 9-2 advantage in shots in the opening half.

Junior defender Emir Alihodzic scored the game winner for UNO in the 81' minute. (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

Junior defender Emir Alihodzic scored the game winner for UNO in the 81′ minute. (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

But the Mavericks were unable to capitalize on the barrage of shots until the second half. Meanwhile, UNL took the lead in the first half on a Brandon Roarty goal in the 44th minute off a Charlie Trautman assist. This gave UNL the 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

If the first half was any indicator of who the Mavs are going to be in 2014, fans should be in for a treat this season. UNO did not let up on the gas pedal, even trailing 1-0, they continued to fire shot after shot, finally capitalizing in the 70’ when junior midfielder Jesus Perez scored on a loose ball in the box. The Mavs were not done yet, they put in the game winner at 81’ with junior defender Emir Alihodzic getting into the mix. His blast gave UNO the derisive 2-1 victory. UNO held a whopping 27-3 advantage in shots and a 9-to-1 lead in corner kicks. In the win, UNO’s sophomore midfielder Lalo Gamboa notched two assists in only 37 minutes off the bench.

Up next for UNO is a trip Tuesday to Los Angeles, Calif., as the Mavs take on Pac-12 powerhouse UCLA. The Bruins were the number one overall seed heading into last season’s NCAA tournament. Though this game is only an exhibition game, the Mavs want to take advantage of every chance they get this season since they are ineligible for post season play until next year, due to NCAA rules regarding schools transferring divisions (UNO transferred to Division-I in 2011). UNO has one exhibition game under their belt and this will be the Bruins’ first game of the year. Tuesday’s game is set for a start time of 6 p.m. CST at North Athletic Field on the Campus of UCLA.

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