The University of Nebraska at Omaha men’s soccer team made their first road trip of the season this weekend, falling at Marquette on Friday and topping Depaul on Sunday.
Game 1 @ Marquette
Heading into Marquette, Omaha had a target on its back after earning the 22nd spot in
Topdrawersoccer. com’s weekly ranking. In a tightly contested game, the Golden Eagles struck late to upset Omaha, 1-0.
It was the Maverick’s first loss since Nov. 1, 2014. Omaha outshot Marquette 4-3 in the first half, with each team putting two shots on target, but noting two shots on target, but no goals scored.
The Mavericks came out of the halftime tie reenergized and prepared to outlast the Golden Eagles. Omaha was able to control the ball for most of the half, leading in shots again with eight to Marquette’s five. Golden Eagle goalkeeper Barraza was kept busy in the net but repelled the Omaha attack for another half.
Just when it looked like the game was headed for a draw, Marquette’s Jake Taylor stung the Mavs with a 85’ minute goal off of a misplayed free kick. Omaha’s Lalo Gamboa had a great equalizer chance with an 89th minute minute header, but a diving save from Barazza sealed the victory for Marquette.
Game 2 @ Depaul
Trying to avoid an 0-2 road trip, the Mavericks traveled to Chicago for an afternoon match against Depaul. Despite giving up an early and late goal, Omaha was able to outscore the Blue Demons 3-2 and improve to 5-1 on the season.
Depaul midfielder John Freitag put the Blue Demons ahead early with an eighth minute goal.Omaha was quick to even the score as Andres Irvin netted the 24th minute equalizer off an assist from Lalo Gamboa.Halftime saw the score knotted up at 1, with Depaul leading in shots on goal 2-1.
Senior goalkeeperJosh Christensen had two tough saves early in the second half to keep Omaha in the game.Noor Hamadi scored his second goal of the year to put Omaha in the lead 2-1 in the 69th minute. Just eight minutes later, off an assist from Jesus Perez, senior Mark Moulton continued to show his dominance with a 77th minute goal extending the lead to a comfortable two goals. Moulton now has four goals on the season.Depaul’s
Simon Megally snuck an 85th minute past Christensen to trim the lead to one goal but it was too little too late for the Blue Demons as Omaha held on to finish the weekend 1 and 1.
Omaha is now 5-1 on the season.
The Mavericks are back in action at Caniglia Field where they are unbeaten as they host Bradley on Sat., Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m.