Though they were expected to finish dead last in the league, the Mavs are currently second in the standings and may be starting to open some eyes.
When Jason Mims was hired as the first ever men's soccer coach at UNO, he took on a position full of challenges. It was April 22, a little more than four months away from the start of the season, and Mims was the only piece in place.
The UNO women's soccer team needed a win in their final match of the season at Northern Colorado to even their record up at 6-6-2. A goal by the Bears in the 84th minute sealed a 1-0 defeat and denied the Mavs a shot at .500.
When the UNO men's soccer team takes the field Friday night at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, there will be a lot of firsts on hand. Unfortunately, the Mavs won't have the luxury of sitting back and taking the moment in.
If their first test against a Division I opponent is any indication, the UNO women's soccer team will do just fine. After a week of practice, the Mavs hooked up in an Aug. 13 exhibition with Missouri Valley Conference champion Creighton at Morrison Stadium across town.