By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
The women’s soccer team became the first UNO sport to compete in a Division I contest, falling 2-0 at Wisconsin-Green Bay Friday night. Hekla Palmadottir scored both goals for the Phoenix who outshot the Mavs 23-8 overall and 7-5 in shots on goal.
The match was scoreless until the 26th minute when UWGB’s Emily Friedl broke free on the left side of the field and put a pass on the foot of Palmadottir who scored on a shot from close range. Palmadottir would add an insurance goal in the 82nd minute to make it 2-0 and finished with nine shots for the game.
The Phoenix controlled possession for much of the match and had several opportunities before Palmadottir’s goal made it 1-0. Just minutes before her marker, shots from Hannah Kernen and Renee Therrien glanced off the Maverick cross bar.
The Mavs were able to go into halftime down only 1-0 and had their best opportunity to tie the score with a free kick in the 62nd minute. Melanie McCormick put a good leg on her chance, sending a long shot at the Phoenix net from the right side.
It wasn’t to be as Green Bay’s senior goalkeeper Maddie Drusch saved the shot off the crossbar. In all, 18 Maverick players saw action on Friday night with McCormick, Hilary Jackson, Danielle Archuleta, Katie Pickinpaugh and Bri Exstrom each tallying a shot on goal.
The Mavs return to the field on August 28 for a road game at South Dakota in a 1 p.m. matchup with the Coyotes.