The University of Nebraska at Omaha Men’s Soccer team traveled up to Ann Arbor, Michigan on Oct. 14 for an intense matchup with the No. 24 ranked Michigan Wolverines.
Both teams came out in the first half with a lot of energy, but the Mavericks took an early 1-0 lead in the 38th minute off the foot of freshman forward Diego Gutierrez – his first goal of the season. UNO’s defense managed to fend off the Wolverines’ relentless offensive attack for the rest of the first period and went into halftime up 1-0.
Michigan’s aggressive offense carried over into the second period where they were able to tie it up 1-1 in the 60th minute. The goal was scored off the head of their freshman forward Mohammed Zakyi, he was assisted by midfielder Marc Ybarra.
Michigan and UNO continued to battle throughout the rest of the second period but the score was still 1-1 at the end of the first 90 minutes, so they headed into overtime. Both the Mavs and Wolverines continued to apply offensive pressure but neither could manage to come away with a goal in the first 10-minute overtime.
With the score still tied 1-1, both teams looked to end the match with a golden goal. UNO’s Elvir Ibisevic got off a good shot in the 104th minute but Michigan’s goalie, Henry Mashburn, had an even better save. About a minute later a foul was called on the Mavs and gave Michigan a free kick that they took advantage of. In the 105th minute, Zakyi came away with his second goal of the afternoon and won the match for the Wolverines off a nice assist from Tristan Jacob.
UNO left Ann Arbor with a tough loss but look to add to the win column on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. when they face Western Illinois at home. The Mavericks will try to get their first Summit League conference win this year after two draws earlier this season.