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Ray Koch

Head coach Tim Walters and the rest of the women’s soccer team got underway with their first day of preseason training on Aug. 2, where Walters said players were “full of energy,” and “eager to compete” in the upcoming 2017 season. Energy and effort were two things Walters was happy with during their black/gray scrimmage last Friday.

“One thing we didn’t want to see after this game was a lack of energy and effort, but tonight their work rate was incredible,” Walters said.

The Mavs will be looking to turn that competitive fire into wins— which were tough to come by last season. After a 5-11-3 season which ended with the Mavericks being ousted in the Summit League tournament, there were many problems to address. One of those came when Tim Walters, who was an assistant men’s soccer coach last season, became the new head coach of the women’s program.

Walter’s acknowledged that goals were hard to come by last season, as UNO only scored 14 goals in 19 games. The Mavericks also failed to win a game away from home, going 0-7-2. Walters has plans to change that.

“The way we play, pressing the ball up the field, we will be able to create a lot of chances,” he said.

With new recruits like offensive minded Bailey Cascio, who was one of the metro’s best high school soccer stars, Maverick fans sure have a lot to get amped about. In addition to Cascio, the Mavs welcome three transfer students who will try to help the Mavs in their efforts toward a rebound season. One of those transfer students, Haley Johnson, is a goalkeeper transfer from USF, and a two-time NJCAA All-American who aims to help keep opponents off the scoreboard.

At the end of the day, Walters wanted to bring in a new vision and a new culture to UNO women’s soccer.

“They care, they want to win, and they’re trying to get better; that’s all that matters.”

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Charlotte Reilly

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Women’s Soccer team is adding two transfer students to their team next fall.

Tim Walters, the UNO’s women’s soccer coach, said he hopes the two students will add speed and athleticism to the team.

Jaden Thiem was recruited to be a defender. She is originally from Elkhorn, Nebraska and will be a sophomore next year. She played volleyball for Northern Kentucky her freshman year, but wanted to return to Omaha to play soccer.

“She was an all-state honoree in both soccer and volleyball during her prep career. Thiem helped Elkhorn South to the 2015 Nebraska Class B State Championship, and won four state titles with Omaha FC under head coach Alex Mason,” according to Omaha Athletics.

Haley Johnson, from Bountiful, Utah, was recruited to be a goalkeeper. She played soccer at Iowa Western Community College, where she was a national runner-up. She then played for the University of South Florida. During her career in South Florida, she was a two-time NCAA All-American. Johnson will be a senior next fall for the Mavs.

Walters said Johnson wanted to play for UNO because she wants to have a bigger impact on a program. Currently, the UNO women’s team only has one goalkeeper, Erin Bunker.

“Bunker has done a fantastic job,” Walters said. “But we need two good goalkeepers. I love competition amongst our goalkeepers, and I think Johnson will provide that.”Walters said he hopes to have between 24 and 26 players on the roster next fall.

“Our goal was to get more athletic, and I think those two will be among our top athletes,”

Walters said. Walters said he has seen improvements in his players during the spring 2017 season, and he is excited to see the improvements carry out into the fall.

“I want the players to buy into our mentality and dig into life as student athletes,” Walters said. “It’s hard, but we want our athletes to be committed. We prepared the team for that this year, and I think we will see the benefits of that next season.”

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Joe Franco

The University of Nebraska at Omaha ended its 23-day search for a new hockey head coach when the university announced this afternoon that Mike Gabinet would take over as the third coach of the UNO hockey program. Does that name sound familiar?

Yes, Gordon Bombay would have been a fun choice, but the reality is UNO landed a fresh coach that has extensive knowledge of the game, and will be a great fit with this young team. UNO athletic director Trev Alberts said in a press conference that not only did the UNO athletic board approve of the hire, but the players also gave him high praise.

“It also was very important to us to get the feedback from the players and to a man, they all endorsed Mike as the kind of coach who is a great teacher and someone who could help our program take the next step,” Alberts said.

Gabinet logged 130 games for UNO from 2000-04 and is currently 10th in school history in scoring with 47 total points as a defenseman. He went on to play eight seasons of professional hockey in the American Hockey League, the ECHL and in Europe.

The former Maverick went back to his native land after his playing days and started coaching in 2012 as an associate coach at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He was later bumped up to head coach in 2015 and led NAIT to an undefeated season and an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championship, and was named ACAC coach of the year his first year as the top dog. The guy is a winner and Alberts agrees.

“We undertook an extensive search, and Mike rose to the top of our candidate pool because of his detailed, comprehensive approach to creating a sustainable culture of excellence,” Alberts said.  “He has the passion and understanding of what it means to be a Maverick, and he has the ability to institute the kind of structure and attention to detail that will allow us to be successful in college hockey’s toughest conference.

Gabinet came to Omaha in April of 2016 when he joined the program as an assistant coach. He released a statement following his hire stating his appreciation of the school and the hockey program.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to be the head coach of my alma mater and excited to build on what’s been established here by Mike Kemp and Dean Blais,” Gabinet said. “I came to Omaha last year because of my passion for this program and the great experience I had here as a student-athlete.”

The new head coach will fill the shoes of the former eight-year head coach Dean Blais. Blais took UNO to its first Frozen Four in 2015 and aided in turning the hockey program as the focus of UNO athletics. Associate athletic director and former UNO hockey head coach Mike Kemp is eager to have a young mind help mentor UNO’s student-athletes of the game.

“It is a great moment for a program like ours to have an alumnus take over as its head coach,” Kemp said. “I have known Mike since he was a junior player in Canada, and I always admired him as a character person who was a great leader and someone who cared about his teammates.  As a player, he analyzed what we did and made respectful suggestions.  He was a student of the game, even as a student-athlete.

Though hockey season has ended for UNO, Gabinet is eager to get his team focused for next season.

“I’m amazed by how far UNO has come since my playing days and I’m excited about where we’re going,” Gabinet said.

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By Andrew Nelson

Last week the Omaha men’s basketball team traveled to Columbia, Missouri for their third and final game against a power-five conference opponent.

The Mavs came up short the previous two tries on the road losing by five to Colorado, and by three to Minnesota. Unfortunately that trend continued last Wednesday night as UNO fell in single-digits once again to the Southeastern Conference’s Missouri Tigers (5-3), 85-78.

The game was close towards the beginning of the first half, even tied at 16 apiece at one point, before the Tigers strung together a 12-0 run leaving the Mavs scoreless for more than five minutes.

Seniors Jake White and Kyler Erickson nailed a pair of free throws each to bring the deficit to just seven entering the half. The Tigers outshot the Mavs nearly the entire game, but nothing like the first half where they hit 50 percent of their shots compared to 33.3 percent of the shots put up by Omaha.

The Mavericks’ offense looked more alive in the second half led by Jake White who scored 14 of his 18 points and nabbed six more rebounds to finish with a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds), his second of the season.

Omaha out rebounded Missouri 22-13 in the second half, but it was the turnover bug that diminished UNO’s chances. The Tigers converted 10 Maverick turnovers into 16 points for them as they kept a slim margin ahead for the remainder of the game.

An Omaha run of 7-0 brought the Mavs within five with about eight minutes to go in the game, before Kevin Puryear ended the run and increased the Tigers’ lead with a bucket of his own. Junior Tra-Deon Hollins started his own run scoring six to the Tigers’s two that after a White bucket made it a six-
point game with just over a min-ute to go. The Tigers fended off the Mavericks late rally and held a minimum seven-point lead for the remainder of the game.

Fellow senior Devin Patterson scored 17 points and had a pair of steals to go along with White’s
double-double performance. Hollins recorded 13 points and three steals in the loss. Omaha dropped to 4-5 on the year and will be back in action Wednesday, Dec. 16 against Simpson College, a D-3 school from Iowa at Baxter Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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By Jackson Taylor

The Omaha women’s basketball team’s win streak came to an end on Sunday, falling to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 90-86 in overtime. The Mavericks dropped to 8-3 on the season. The Cougars improved to 5-6 on the year with the win.

The Mavericks wasted no time getting their offense going as they posted 28 first quarter points. Mikaela Shaw led Omaha offensively with 11 points in the first quarter and 26 overall. Shaw leads the Summit League in points per game with 17.9 and ranks in the top 30 points and rebounds in UNO history. The junior guard collected her 500th career rebound and had 10 total in the game.

Despite nine first half turnovers, UNO kept SIUE out of their offensive rhythm in the first two quarters thanks to a superb defensive effort and lights out shooting.

Omaha was on fire from three in the first half, shooting 7-10 from behind the arc. Sophomore shooting guard Remy Davenport finished the game with 13 points and shot 3-7 from three. Freshman guard

Amber Vidal, who came into the game averaging 7.7 points per game, also contributed with 9 points.
The Mavericks seemed to be in complete control over the Cougars, leading 48-31 at half.

Omaha saw their commanding lead fall apart early in the second half. To close out the third quarter, SIUE came storming back with a 23 to 7 run to cut the lead to 65-57.

In the final period of play, Omaha and SIUE both tightened up on defense, with just ? total points scored in the fourth. SIUE was able to at-tack the rim and draw key fouls on Omaha to come back to within two points.

With 4:20 remaining, Omaha made their 20th turnover of the game, their 20th of the game, giving the ball back to the Cougars. Senior

SIUE guard Shronda Butts proceeded to drive the lane for a three-point play. Butts finished with 30 points on the game.

After trailing by 23 in the second half, SIUE tied the game at 79 with just a minute to play, sending the game to overtime. SIUE took its first lead of the game of a quick three in overtime and were able to hang on for the win after knocking down late free-throws.

The Mavericks shot 54 percent to SIUE’s shot 42 percent on the game.

Omaha looks to improve to 6-0 at home next week when they host Creighton on Dec. 20. Last year, the Mavericks fell at Creighton 67-50. The Blue Jays are 4-6 on the year and are currently sliding on a 4 game losing streak. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at Baxter Arena.

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By Jackson Taylor
Sports Editor

Following their victory over Eastern Illinois, the Omaha men’s soccer team earned the number two spot in the Summit League Tournament, held Nov. 12-14 at CIBER Field in Denver.

Host team and No. 1 seed Denver, Oral Roberts and Western Illinois also made the cut. No. 2 seed Omaha (9-5-3, 3-2-1) will face off against No. 3 seed Oral Roberts (6-6-4, 3-2-1) on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m.

During the season, Omaha defeated Oral Roberts 2-1 on senior day. Denver takes on Western Illinois immediately after, and the two winners will meet on Saturday at 4 p.m. to determine a Summit League champion.

The Denver Pioneers will be the team to beat in the tournament, as they just finished the season at 13-0-3, their first undefeated season in Division I history.

The Pioneers are loaded with young talent with only two seniors on the roster. Denver has been to the tournament twice under their coach Jamie Franks, who has been in control since 2012. Omaha is seeking their first NCAA tournament as a Division I soccer program. Back in October, Omaha lost to Denver 1-0.

The victor of Saturday’s match earns an automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup, a 48-team single elimination tournament. The College Cup begins on Nov. 19 at campus sites and the championship will be played on Dec. 13 in Kansas City, Mo.

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By Jackson Taylor
Sports Editor

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is keeping with growing national trends as recently, in partnership with Client Resources Inc., they created the Mav Experience App.

The Mav Experience App can be found on iTunes and Google Play and is compatible with iPhones and Androids. The app is specific to Baxter Arena–it allows fans to find their seats, follow scores and look at concession menus among other things.

The app’s main goal is to improve fan experience. With free Wi-Fi available at the new arena, the app allows fans to check-in and enjoy the features without draining
their data.

Here’s a list of what the app has to offer:
• Team schedules, rosters, player and coach bios, and photos.

• Live stats for home games.

• Concession menus.

• Navigation to help fans find their seats, restrooms and parking.

• Merchandise prices.

The Mav Experience app is putting Omaha ahead of the curve in game day participation, offering everything you need to know about UNO Athletics, all in the palm of your hand.

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Jackson Taylor

News Editor

Game 1 at North Dakota State

The Mavericks opened up Summit League play on Friday with a tough loss to North Dakota State, 1-0.

Omaha played neck in neck with NDSU for the entire game, rattling off 11 shots and limiting the Bisons’ scoring chances. Omaha goalkeeper Katlyn Schochenmaier made six saves and deflected several NDSU passes into the box.

However, the Bison were able to sneak a 60th minute goal past Schochenmaier and held on to that lead for the rest of the match.

Omaha had several great looks at the end of the game with Courtney Neville, Lydia Holtmann and Kayla Booker each putting shots on goal within the last six minutes. NDSU outshot Omaha 17-11 and 7-5 in shots on goal. The Bison are now 6-5-0 and 1-0-0 in league play. Game 2 at South Dakota State Omaha dropped their third game in a row on Sunday against conference foe South Dakota State,
again by the score of 1-0.

Sunday’s game was an excellent showing of defense by both teams. Omaha had a modest 1 shot on goal, while SDSU had 4. Maverick defenders Lauren Lawler and Ava Doetsch did their part in disrupting the Bison offense.

SDSU’s game-winning goal came late, as Nicole Hatcher netted her second goal of the season, an unassisted score in the 81st minute.

Similar to Friday’s game, Omaha made several pushes late in the match but came up empty. Hannah Wampler led Omaha with 3 shots, but none were on target. Courtney Neville had the lone shot-on-goal for the Mavericks.

Following the tough weekend, Omaha is now 3-7-2 and 0-2 in the Summit League. The Mavericks look to turn things around when they return home to play IUPUI on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Omaha women’s soccer leaders

Chelsi Rohloff – 4

Courtney Neville – 2

Katlyn Schochenmaier – 55

Ava Doetsch – 1,120