Women’s soccer kicks-off strong

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Andrew Nelson
CONTRIBUTOR

UNO women’s soccer started their season off with a bang Friday with a 2-0 win over the University of Missouri-Kansas City (0-1) for their home-opener at Caniglia Field. The game, originally scheduled for 7 p.m., was pushed back to 8 p.m. due to severe weather in the area.

It was a soggy regular-season opener for each team as rain fell for most of the match. The game was the first of four straight home games for the Mavs.

The UMKC Kangaroos outshot Omaha 17-7, but the Mavs made their shots on goal count. The game was scoreless at half time. At the 76th minute, junior midfielder Carlie Cook broke the deadlock and scored the Mavs first goal of 2016 off a pass from fellow junior midfielder Lydia Holzmann.

Just over ten minutes later, Cook returned the favor and assisted to Holtmann, who took a shot from the right side that reflected off a defender and into the net for the much-needed insurance goal.
Cook and Holtmann finished the game with their first goals and assists of the season.

Senior Haley Shelton started in net for Omaha and made eight saves to record her first win in goal, and the second shutout of her career, to begin her senior campaign. Shelton was tough throughout the match deflecting multiple Kangaroo rebounded shots as she battled back after having back surgery her freshman year.

UNO was voted to finish seventh in the conference by Summit League coaches this week.

The Mavericks will face cross-town rival Creighton at 8 p.m. Friday at Caniglia Field, following the men’s soccer game vs. San Francisco.

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