By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
The UNO women’s soccer team scored two second-half corner kicks to overcome a 2-1 deficit and earned their first-ever Division I win Sunday at South Dakota. After falling behind for the second straight weekend, the Mavs put in two goals in an 11-minute span.
Danielle Archuleta, Hilary Jackson and Jordyn Braun scored for the Mavs while Makena Cameron and Colleen Reeves had the markers for the Coyotes. UNO Goalkeeper Katelyn Tschida made two saves to earn her first win of the 2011 season.
South Dakota had the first goal of the game in the 12th minute when Jenny Teslow found Cameron for a 1-0 lead. The lead didn’t last long, though. The Mavs regrouped and tied it at 1-1 off the leg of Danielle Archuleta in the 19th minute.
UNO had seemingly gotten back into the game but Reeves scored in the 19th minute putting the Coyotes up 2-1. The Mavs had three corner kicks and four shots in the first half but went into the locker room down a goal.
UNO women’s soccer assistant Ted Anderson said that although his team was once again down at halftime there was no panic.
“Too many times we focus on too many things at once. We just gotta get back to basics…which is kind of what we focused on all week,” Anderson said. “Be first to the ball, first to the goal kind of stuff.”
That preparation began to pay off in the second half. Once the half ended, UNO had nine more corner kick opportunities and outshot South Dakota 8-3 for the half.
Monica Bosiljevac had a corner kick in the 55th minute putting a pass into the crowd and finding Jackson. Jackson netted the corner and gave the Mavs the equalizer.
Eleven minutes later, Braun put UNO ahead for good off of a corner kick opportunity for teammate Hayley Renshaw. As time expired, the Mavs had weathered an early storm to win 3-2, have an advantage in corner kicks at 12-2 and in shots 12-8.
Three of the team’s four goals this year have come from a set piece. Although the team practices set pieces regularly, Anderson said they don’t get any more focus than anything else in practice.
Be that as it may, the Mavs may have found a part of their game that is particularly deadly.
“It’s the only time as [far] as a soccer coach is concerned that we can set up a play and everybody’s got one job; we’ve trained it,” Anderson said. “It’s the only time that everybody knows what everybody else is doing.”
And Anderson, of course, likes the result much more than the one he and the team got the week before. Since the beginning of the year, Anderson and head coach Dan Klosterman have focused more on improvement than results.
Clearly a 3-2 win should signal an improvement from one week to another. But it’s not just a better score that Anderson saw out of his team.
“[There was] a better understanding of what we need to do as far as effort is concerned. Even though you’re 20 or 30 yards away from the ball, you need to be giving effort towards the team,” Anderson said. “We had to focus on our team first and keep it that way; otherwise, we wouldn’t have been successful.”