Omaha comes up shirt in cross-town matchup with Creighton

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By Andrew Nelson
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha women’s soccer team traveled a short distance downtown last Friday to faceoff in a heated match-up with the rival Creighton Blue Jays. The Jays entered the contest 3-1 while the Mavericks entered the contest 1-1- 2 coming off a tie with Northern Iowa, and a home win over Northern Illinois last weekend.

The last time the Mavs were on the road, they suffered their first loss of 2015 to the Iowa Hawkeyes in a 4-0 shutout. The road trip Friday, although a much shorter one, ended up looking a lot like the shutout they suffered just over a week prior.

Last season it took the Blue Jays two overtime periods to finally pull away with a win at Caniglia Field against the Mavs, but this year was a different story.

Omaha was down 3-0 in the first half after Creighton’s Emma Braasch scored the Blue Jay’s third goal of the half with just nine seconds remaining until the game’s halfway mark. This set the tone for the rest of the game, and also put the Mavs in a hole which they wouldn’t be able to dig out of.

The Mavericks were outshot at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium 20-8 in the game. Creighton’s net
minder only had to deflect four shots on goal to earn her third shutout of the season in just five games.

The Mavericks were outshot at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium 20-8 in the game. Creighton’s net
minder only had to deflect four shots on goal to earn her third shutout of the season in just five games.

The Lady Mavs will have to wait until next season to get another a shot at their growing rival from down the road. Friday was the seventh meeting between the two schools and Creighton holds the all-time series lead 6-1.

Some heated but harmless social media exchanges between Omaha’s two division one women’s soccer teams were used as credit in firing up the Creighton squad. That same fire didn’t seem to heat the Maverick sideline, and it definitely showed.

Omaha head coach Dan Klosterman told the Omaha World Herald’s Steven Pivovar after the game that he was disappointed in how the Mavs responded to falling behind 3-0 in the first half.

“We have a lot of season left, but we need to take an honest look at ourselves,” Klosterman said. “This could be a positive for us if we figure out why we didn’t play well and what we need to do now.”

The Mavericks return to Caniglia Field for some home cooking this Friday against the Drake Bulldogs at 7 p.m.

COURTESY OF UNO ATHLETICS
COURTESY OF UNO ATHLETICS

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