Less than 48 hours after picking up the first win of the year, UNO women's soccer was shutout by conference favorite Oakland 1-0 and dropped to 1-11, 1-1 in conference. The Golden Grizzlies' Abigail Haelewyn had the lone score of the afternoon, scoring from 14 yards out on the right side of the Mav penalty area.
In their second home appearance of the year, the UNO men's soccer team will face Mercer University in a 7 p.m. match-up at the new Werner Park this Friday night. After the match with the Bears, the Mavs will only have one more home date on the year.
The Mavs traveled to Washington last weekend earning a 1-1 draw at St. Martin's on Thursday and falling 5-0 to Seattle Pacific on Saturday. With just one goal on the weekend, UNO is still trying to find a consistent scoring threat on the roster.
UNO gave up goals early and late in Friday's match against Mercer falling 2-0 and spoiling the Mavs home debut at Werner Pak. Ashani Samuels and Will Betts had goals for the Bears, who handed UNO their fifth straight shutout of the season.
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.
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.