Mavs square with Summit League foes entering final weekend of the regular season

Photo by Eric Anderson Jordan Gealy receives the ball on the edge for the Mavericks
Photo by Eric Anderson
Jordan Gealy receives the ball on the edge for the Mavericks

By Avery Wenck, Sports Asst. Editor

Tuesday night was one to remember as the Omaha men’s soccer team earned a 2-0 win vs. Drake in front of a record-setting crowd.

The 1,008 fans in attendance set the record for men’s soccer this season and they made themselves heard throughout the match.

Head Coach Jason Mims opted to continue his tactical approach with a 4-4-2 that has been working in recent games. The first half would prove to be frustrating for the Mavericks, with Omaha being unable to break open Drake’s defense, despite a 6-1 shot advantage.

The second half would be more of the same for Omaha, who completely dominated every facet of the game, despite allowing the Bulldogs to get five shots. Senior Vance Rookwood would open the scoring for the Mavericks in the 55th minute, latching onto a brilliant long through-ball by junior Logan Mendez and slotting it home for his sixth of the season. Not even three minutes later, sophomore Xavier Gomez would double the Mavericks’ lead on a deflected goal off a Rookwood assist. Omaha looked to slow down the tempo after the second goal and successfully closed the game out.

There are plenty of positives to take out of such a dominating performance for the Mavericks who came into this game off of only two days rest. Redshirt junior Josh Christensen made all three of his saves to earn his fourth clean sheet of the season. Sophomore Christian Garcia, who had been out two weeks prior, put in 12 minutes against Drake as he prepares to come back into the team. Mims was pleased that his team was able to bounce back after the Denver game and play to the level they did.

For our team to come out and have a dominating performance, I’m very proud,” he said. “It was a very mature performance tonight.”

The Mavericks will return home to face IUPUI this Saturday at Caniglia Field at 1 p.m. on the back of a 1-0 loss to Fort Wayne. Omaha gave up a goal in the 50th minute and were unable to break through a stout defense to get the winner.

Mims was upbeat about the performance and said his squad “left everything out on the field.”

The game against IUPUI will be a must-win for the Mavericks in order to keep their Summit League title hopes alive. Omaha is tied with Denver, Oral Roberts and IUPUI on seven points after five games played with Fort Wayne and Western Illinois ahead of them on nine and 10 points, respectively. Fort Wayne’s season has concluded and Western Illinois will end their season against Denver.