By Avery Wenck, Asst. Sports Editor
It’s what will go down as a disappointing defeat for the Mavericks on Sunday evening as they lost to their cross-town rival Creighton Bluejays 2-1 in the second overtime. This is the sixth loss of the season for the Mavericks dropping their record to 2-6-0, a record which will no doubt be a worry as they move into conference play.
The Mavericks looked dominant throughout the first half, keeping possession well and begging their opposition back when they had the ball. The defense of the Mavericks was a force to be reckoned with and Hannah Wampler highlighted that effort at right back.
The Mavericks would eventually get their goal in the 23rd minute. Chelsi Rohloff sent in a cross from the right side that Kyla Booker was able to head home. That goal would be Booker’s first of the season and against her old team nonetheless.
“I think that’s pretty exciting for her and hopefully Kyla can break away and can get herself a few more goals against other teams,” Head Coach Don Klosterman said.
Creighton put it into another gear after being humbled by the UNO goal, and fizzed a shot 30 seconds later off of the Maverick post, but were unable to equalize.
The second half would be all the same for Omaha, as they came out and dominated straight from kick-off. Their ability to press the Bluejays when they lost possession proved to be the difference maker, and they were unfortunate not to get a penalty decision when Booker was clearly being hugged in the box.
The final five minutes of the game had the Bluejays on overload, and after having a goal called back for offsides, Creighton equalized on a Lauren Sullivan header.
Overtime would be the same, with both teams pushing each other back and having opportunities to score. Just when the game was looking like a draw, Emily Roll and Sullivan linked up for the second time for the game-winning header.
For the Mavericks, there are a lot of positives to take out of this game. They were dominant throughout the game and really humbled a 7-1 Creighton side that hadn’t had many tough games yet this season.
Klosterman felt the performance was good by the Mavericks, saying: “I thought we played really well overall. We’ve been playing really well even though our results aren’t showing that, and I felt like today was our best game overall.”
A bright spot in the game today was the play of junior midfielders Layla Ashouri and Marquette Pick. Pick has been a staple in the Maverick lineup at defensive midfielder and she had another convincing performance today as well as Ashouri.
Klosterman seemed upbeat about their performances as well, saying:“Layla has improved so much and we’re so happy with how she’s playing and I thought she had a fantastic game. Marquette is just steady back there, winning headers, doing all those things she does well back there, directing the team, and she’s just a great leader on the field.”
The Mavericks will try to brush this result aside as they prepare to go on the road against Missouri State and St. Louis next weekend. The next home game for the ladies will be Oct. 10 against North Dakota State.