2015 Fall Season Previews

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By Jackson Taylor
Sports Editor

Men’s Soccer 
Last Year: 10-5-2 (tied for 1st in Summit League)

The 2014 season for University of Nebraska at Omaha men’s soccer was one of unprecedented success. The Mavericks recorded a program record 10 wins and earned a share of their first Summit League title. Head coach Jason Mims says that this year the bar will be raised. The goal is to secure a Summit League birth and enter the NCAA tournament.

UNO will be led by eight returning starters from last season, including All Summit First-Team midfielder Mark Moulton, as well as both keepers, Joseph Ghitis and Josh Christensen. In nine games, Ghitis gave up 10 goals and saved 28 shots. Christensen gave up four goals and saved 29 in eight starts. The Mavs will also return the program’s all-time assists leader, senior Logan Mendez.

The one glaring hole to fill in this team’s roster is graduated midfielder Vance Rockwood. Rockwood, who graduated, is UNO soccer’s all-time leading scorer, netting 19 goals in his four years with the team. Moulton should help fill this void along with Kevin Correa, a transfer from New Mexico.

Keeping with coach Mims’ philosophy of facing a tough schedule, the Mavericks will square off against two preseason ranked teams, No. 10 Washington and No. 20 UC Irvine all in the first month of play. They will begin play in an exhibition game against Washington on Aug. 22.

womens soccer

Women’s Soccer
Last Year: 5-12-2 (6th in Summit League)

Experience will be a key component to the success of the women’s soccer team this year. Head coach Don Klosterman has 11 starters coming back from last season, including Summit League Defensive Player of the Year Hannah Wampler. Senior Chelsi Rohloff will also play an important role as she led the Summit in scoring last year with 10 goals.

The team returns three goalkeepers that played significant minutes last year. Junior Haley Shelton set a program record with 101 saves. Shelton moved from defender to goalie following the injuries of Katlyn Schochenmaier and Meaghan Clark.

Last year the Mavericks struggled on the road, winning only one game. They fared well in the Summit League, posting a 3-3-2 record. Adding more goal scorers other than Rohloff will be key this year. This could come from Juniors Kyla Booker, Courtney Neville and Layla Ashouri who each had a goal last year and a handful of assists.

The Mavericks will open play against Iowa on the road on Aug. 23.

volleyball

Volleyball
Last Year: 14-19 (7th in Summit League)

Similar to women’s soccer, veteran leadership will play an important role in Sapp Fieldhouse and Baxter Arena this year for the volleyball team. They have five seniors returning with starting experience.  Megan Schmale, Diane Banderas, Kelley Wollak, Kimberly Bailey and Michaela Schimmer will all bring significant contributions to the court this year. UNO will also return two sophomore starters, Sydney O’Shaughnessy and Mackenzie Horkey, who both earned a spot on the 2014 Summit League All-Freshman Team.

Head Coach Rose Shires has been at UNO for 26 years and has earned more than 450 victories and a Division II National Championship title in 1996. According to Shires, the biggest strength of this team will be blocking. Consistent scoring will be something the team needs more of in order to improve on last year.

Last year the Mavericks finished under .500 and 7th in the Summit League out of nine teams. However, UNO had a huge program sweep of Tennessee on the road in the Iowa State Challenge. This upcoming season, Maverick fans can expect a team that finishes in the upper half of the Summit.

The Mavs will play a handful of games at Sapp Fieldhouse before transitioning into their new home at Baxter Arena. Their first game will come on Aug. 29 against Seton Hall at the UNLV Tournament in Las Vegas.

mens golf

Men’s Golf
Last Year: (8th in Summit League)

The UNO golf team will compete this year with a very young squad. They will lose three team members from last year who contributed significantly. Karl Krieser led the team last year with an average score of 75.3. Although Krieser will be hard to replace right away, it is the hope of Head Coach Seth Porter that those who do return will follow in his footsteps.

One of those returning golfers is junior Mitch Ryan. Ryan redshirted last year, but as a sophomore he was UNO’s third-leading scorer.  Sophomore Philip Baumberger will likely compete with Ryan for the number one spot on the team.

Five incoming freshman will also join the team this year. Porter expects to be in the hunt for the Summit League title with this young group.

The Mavericks will start their season in their own UNO Invitational on Sept. 14.

womens golf

Women’s Golf
Last Year: (6th in Summit League)

Although UNO women’s golf will lose one of their top scorers this year, this is the only loss the Mavericks will face this year. Sophie Peters, graduated senior, led the Mavericks to a sixth place finish last year in the Summit despite being picked to finish last.

Head coach Tim Nelson is entering his 14th year and will enjoy several key returners in the 2015 campaign. Nelson expects to climb a few spots in the Summit this year. Katie Kesti was UNO’s leading scorer last year as a junior and Megan Vetrovsky was one of three Mavericks with an average score below 80. With these two golfers leading the charge, UNO will look to compete for a Summit League championship in their first year of eligibility.

This year’s team will engage in a very competitive schedule that includes tournaments at Nebraska and Creighton. They open play on Sept. 21 in the South Dakota Classic.

cross country

Cross Country
Last Year: (5th in Summit League)

The Mavericks Cross Country team lost their leading runner, Ashley Kildow, to graduation, leaving a big hole for other runners to step up and fill in. This year may be one of rebuilding for the UNO, as they also lost three other key runners.

The team does return a team of runners who all scored last season. To fill the hole left by Kildow, senior Perla Gutierrez and juniors Kristen Carmichael, Catherine Davison and Karo Garcia will need to lead this team in all events. The team also has three incoming freshmen that will join this fall.

The Mavericks will begin the season on the road at Augustana Twilight on Sept. 4.

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