Mavericks open season with 1-0 win over UNI


Jordan McAlpine

Emilie Erland celebrates her game-winning goal against Northern Iowa. The Mavericks started the season 1-0 for the first time since 2016. Photo taken by Mark Kuhlmann/Omaha Athletics

The Omaha women’s soccer team wants to build off their successful spring this fall, and the 2021 season got off to a strong start with a 1-0 home win over Northern Iowa. The low-scoring contest between the Mavericks and Panthers was decided 27 minutes in, thanks to a goal from sophomore Emilie Erland.

Erland, who had two assists last season, picked up both her first goal of the 2021 season and the first of her collegiate career. That game-winner was set up by a free kick from Andrea Daves, who also notched her first assist of the season in the win. Daves set the program’s Division I career assist record last season and now has 12 in her career.

The Panthers didn’t register their first shot of the contest until the 60th minute, and finished the night with three shots, none of which were on goal. As for Omaha, the Mavericks fired seven at UNI goaltender Caitlin Richards and had one more miss wide. Two of those seven shots came off of Erland’s foot, which was tied for the team lead.

With the win, the Mavericks started the season 1-0 for the first time since 2016. It was also the first regular season opener Omaha has won under head coach Tim Walters, who is now in his fifth season.

The Mavericks will now hit the road for three straight, beginning on Aug. 22 at Kansas State. They’ll return to Caniglia Field to face Northern Colorado on Sep. 5 at 1 p.m.