By Avery Wenck, Sports Editor
The Omaha Men’s Soccer team played two 60-minute exhibition games on Friday night in front of fans, families and donors to round out their spring schedule.
Rain was in the forecast for the night but thankfully it held off for a dry night of soccer. The Mavericks are coming off of a season where they split the Summit League Reg-ular Season Championship with the Denver Pioneers.
The Mavericks rotated players throughout in an attempt to get players who don’t normally play some game time. Head Coach Ja-son Mims also used this game as an opportunity to play guys in a position that they might not nor-mally be used to playing. Injuries have plagued Omaha as they were playing with fewer substitutes than they would have preferred.
The Mavericks opened up the night against Northwestern, a private liberal-arts college from Orange City, Iowa. The Red Raiders, who fin-ished their 2014 season with a 10-8-1 record, were powerless to stop the Mavericks who piled on four goals. Newcomer Fazlo Alihodzic scored a hat trick while Xavier Gomez pitched in a goal as well.
Omaha started right where they left off in the second game by dominating against Bellevue University. Mark Moulton got things started by hitting a bullet while sliding to the ground. It was a great goal to finish off a beautiful, flowing move by the Mavericks.
Andres Irvin got the second and final goal for the Mavericks, receiving the ball down the right side of the penalty box and chipping it over the keeper.
Omaha looked in midseason form despite the low numbers. Chemistry between players was great and the Mavericks were largely dominant even though they played lesser competition than they would have liked.