By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
Less than 48 hours after picking up the first win of the year, UNO women’s soccer was shutout by conference favorite Oakland 1-0 and dropped to 1-11, 1-1 in conference. The Golden Grizzlies’ Abigail Haelewyn had the lone score of the afternoon, scoring from 14 yards out on the right side of the Mav penalty area.
“Every one of these conference games is gonna be a pretty brutal battle,” Head Coach Dan Klosterman said. “Like I said, (to the team) guys it’s fun. You’re in the game, you got chances, you can win these games and you’re in there battling against the team that won the conference last year.”
Oakland scored the game-winner in the 16th minute after UNO’s regular starter in goal, Meaghan Clark, went down with an injury. Backup Sarah Warren came in and was called upon right away.
“For Sarah to go into the game, not ready to play goalie and first shot they score…she hadn’t even touched the ball [yet],” Klosterman said. “That’s a bad break because overall, Sarah did a great job.”
In the first half the Grizzlies had the advantage in shots (8-4) but the teams were even (2-2) in shots on goal. In the second, the Mavs had several good chances but couldn’t get anything past Oakland keeper Shannon Coley.
Sophomore Anna Sibson put a shot just off the right post then later had a header that forced a save from Coley. Senior Danielle Archuleta bounced one through the box but Coley was in position to keep the ball from danger.
In the final minutes, junior Mel McCormick had her own chance on a header, but put it over the crossbar.
“I’ve gotta say from three, four weeks ago play is so much better,” Klosterman said. “That’s kind of encouraging.”
After a split weekend, UNO’s 1-1 conference record has the Mavs fifth in the standings. While UNO certainly deserved at least a tie, the Mavs showed they belong on the same field as last year’s conference champion.
So far this season, Oakland has earned draws against the B1G 10’s Michigan State and Northwestern and have a 4-3-3 record.
“I told them (the Mavs) the difference with our team, I think, and these other teams is we care,” Klosterman said. “We care about each other, we care about our team, we care about playing hard and winning and it’s starting to show.”