By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
The Mavs only managed one late goal and fell 2-1 in a Saturday night matchup with future Summit League foe UMKC. Taylor Bare had both goals for the Kangaroos, who won their first home game of the season and just their second game of the year.
For UNO, the lack of a consistent scoring threat reared its ugly head yet again. The Mavs put more shots on goal (6-5) and had more corner kick opportunities (6-0), but could only manage the one score.
The key has been finding a second marker. When UNO has failed to score less than two goals, they’ve either tied or lost every match. Scoring two or more goals has produced all of the Mavs’ three wins.
“We put pressure on them at times tonight, and then we would have a lapse,” said UNO assistant coach Ted Anderson. “Those two lapses were enough for us not to win the game.”
The Mavs had three of the match’s first four shots, but were unable to get anything past UMKC goalkeeper Jami Finnell. Bri Exstrom, Katie Pickinpaugh and Melanie McCormick each had a chance, but it would be UMKC’s Bare who would break the deadlock in the 36th minute.
UNO was unable to come up with any more opportunities in the first half. In the second half the Mavs again came out firing. But Bare added her second of the match and fifth of the season to give the Kangaroos the game winner.
Before the second half was two minutes old, UNO had a shot from Pickinpaugh saved by Finnell, a shot from Hilary Jackson go wide and a corner by Exstrom fail to produce any threat.
The Mavs then had another corner kick from Pickinpaugh in the 55th, but failed to capitalize on the chance. Bare stopped the UNO onslaught with her second goal just 5 minutes after the corner kick by Pickinpaugh, making the score 2-0 UMKC.
The Mavs continued to fight, eventually finding a goal in the 79th minute. Logen Watts cut the deficit in half with the first goal of her career.
UNO would have another corner kick and another shot on goal before time was up, but couldn’t find the equalizer.
“We had opportunities not only to tie but to win the game, and we aren’t putting those away,” Anderson said. “We talked about maturity and growing up and all that type of stuff, well…you have to grow up by doing. We need to start putting those things together to win games.”