UNO Mavericks womens soccer 2014 season recap
November 13th, 2014
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska at Omaha women’s soccer team was 3-0-2 with three Summit League games remaining on the season. The Mavericks collapsed late following a heartbreaking 2-1 double-overtime loss to Oral Roberts. Two more losses followed and a top-tier finish in the conference was washed away.
But head coach Don Klosterman said his team has grown leaps and bounds when it came to taking control of the game and starting fast. He said his team’s record of 5-12-2 (3-3-2 in the Summit League) may be overlooked, but his squad is good. Klosterman attributes this to better overall play, but he singled out last winter’s work put in by the team, which put them over the top.
“We started last winter making a few changes, doing some different things and trying to change attitudes,” Klosterman said. “I knew in my mind it was a two year plan and we just completed the first year. I’m pleased at how the first year went because, we challenged a lot of teams and we won more games, we scored some goals and competed really hard in the league.”
A deeper look at the UNO stats shows some real gains. UNO’s offense had about 70 more shots and nine more goals this year than last year. In fact, UNO bettered their output in every offensive statistic this year. But the Mavs defense gave up 18 second half goals in 19 games, compared to the 10 they surrendered in the 1st half this year. Klosterman isn’t fazed by those numbers. He said this year UNO scored first several times, something they didn’t do last season.
“When you consider our back four are three sophomores, and one junior, it’s still a young group that is still trying to learn a little bit,” Klosterman said. “So when you look at the back five, including the goalkeeper, it’s a lack of experience in a lot of ways.”
Klosterman said the cornerstone of the offensive output was junior forward Chelsi Rohloff. Rohloff finished the year leading the Summit League in goals (10), and total points (24). She returns next year and Klosterman hopes she continues to flourish this off-season with additional training.
“I think she progress a lot on her own and she worked really hard at fitness this past summer,” Klosterman said. “I think a lot of it is mentally she got herself to ‘I’m going to score, I’m going to be the person that scores.’ She’s got the talent, when a person with that talent and ability makes the other decision to scored goals then it’s a positive and it’s something you can’t measure.”
Klosterman said next year is the real test, as UNO will be eligible to compete in postseason play as a Division-I school. Five years of work can finally come to fruition, if the Mavs have what it takes to get there.
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