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.
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.
The UNO women's soccer team hosted their first-ever home games as a Division 1 member last weekend, winning one and earning a draw in the other. The Mavs faced off against Central Oklahoma on Friday and Midwestern State on Sunday, two teams that had both beaten UNO a year ago.
The UNO women's soccer team suffered big second halves by their opponents and dropped two matches in their weekend trip to Colorado. After a scoreless first half on Friday and a 2-1 halftime lead on Sunday, the Mavs allowed seven total goals in the second halves of both games.
It was announced July 18 that former Creighton goalkeeper Brian Holt agreed to join the UNO soccer staff as goalkeeper's coach for 2012. Holt is currently finishing up his first professional soccer season with the United Soccer League's Harrisburg City Islanders and will be in Omaha in late August.
The Mavs finally put a notch in the win column thanks to the lone goal from senior Danielle Archuleta nine minutes into the match.
The UNO women's soccer team capped off a perfect week with a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory in Saturday's senior day matchup with Washburn University. With another 1-0 victory earlier in the week at Western Illinois, the Mavs improved their record to 5-6-1 and have a chance to get to .500 with one game left in the season.
A month into the season, women's soccer has yet to close the deal. Hard work is supposed to be rewarded.