A month into the season, women's soccer has yet to close the deal. Hard work is supposed to be rewarded.
The average Summit League women's soccer roster is made up of just over 27 players. UNO will have nowhere close to that luxury in 2012.
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.
In 2011 the UNO men's soccer team was brand new and expectations were tempered by the uphill climb of starting a new program. Then the Mavs exceeded those expectations and won their first game 2-1 at UMKC.
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.
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.
In December 2010, Jessica Powers graduated from UNO with a B.S. in exercise science. Less than a year later, Powers is putting her degree into practice by becoming the owner of a new gym in downtown Papillion.
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.