By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
All-Summit League forward Max Touloute came off the bench to spark his team to three goals in 15 minutes, and Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne finished off UNO 6-0 Sunday afternoon. Facing their second future conference foe of the season, the Mavs were unable to capture the magic they found against Summit League member UMKC on Aug. 26.
In the program’s first ever game, UNO trailed the Kangaroos 1-0, tied it on a breakaway in the 56th minute and won it 2-1 on a corner kick in the 64th minute. For a team not looking much towards results but more towards improvement, Head Coach Jason Mims said it was quite the shot of confidence.
UMKC is the co-favorite to win the Summit League this year featuring two of last season’s second team all-conference players, and a member of the all-newcomer team. IPFW on the other hand was picked to finish last in the Summit League after going 2-13-1 last season and 0-5-1 in conference.
Coming into the match, the Mastodons were 1-2 with a win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and losses against Bradley (1-0) and Bowling Green (3-0). Touloute was honored last week with a player of the week award after his three-goal performance against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
For most of the first half UNO was right in the game. The insertion of Touloute into the Mastodon lineup in the 26th minute seemed to make all the difference.
The game seemed to be going into halftime scoreless when Touloute and teammate Nate Shipman assisted on a goal by Jason Mills in the 41st minute. Then just before halftime, Touloute stole the ball away from Mav defenders and scored at the far post.
Colin Helmrich made it 3-0 right away after halftime, and Touloute added his second of the game in the 59th minute. Goals by Helmrich in the 59th minute and Ross McWilliams in the 67th minute made the final score 6-0.
UNO only managed 4 shots on goal and only one corner kick opportunity. Shots for the Mavs came from Cody Thayer, Vance Rookwood, Tyler Dixon and Sam Noddle.
Josh Christensen got the start in goal for UNO compiling 7 saves in 90 minutes of work.