Omaha draws with Northern Iowa, tops Northern Illinois in weekend homestand


Jackson Taylor
Sports Editor

The Omaha women’s soccer team kicked off their first home games of the season this past weekend with a Friday night draw against Northern Iowa followed by a come-from-behind win versus Northern Illinois.

Game 1 vs. Northern Iowa

Coming off a tough 4-0 loss at Iowa, Omaha made strong defense a point of emphasis on Friday night in their tie against Northern Iowa. Although they allowed an early 14th minute goal to the Panthers’ Annie Dale, Omaha goalie Haley Shelton and the rest of the Maverick defense was resilient for the rest of the match.

Omaha was able to even the score right before halftime when Lauren Lawler stole a pass and found Lydia Holtmann, who netted the equalizer.

Defense dominated the second half as neither team was able to find the back of the net. In overtime, senior midfielder Chelsi Rohloff had two great looks at the game-winning shot but both attempts tailed wide of the goal.

Shelton secured the Omaha goal in overtime, blocking one shot and finishing the night with a total of six saves. UNI outshot Omaha 18- 16 in the match. Rohloff led the Mavericks with seven shots.

Game 2 vs. Northern Illinois

Omaha followed their draw against Northern Iowa with an 11 a.m. match versus Northern Illinois. After falling behind early in the game, Omaha scored two late goals to capture their first win on the season, 2-1.

The Huskies jumped out to a quick start as Taylor Sarver snuck inside the box and placed a shot passed Shelton in the 10th minute. Following the early action, the rest of the half displayed relatively even display with NIU leading shots on goal 6-5 and with neither team scoring.

Coming out of halftime, Omaha struggled to get a good look at the goal. NIU sat on their 1-0 lead for most of the half before the Mavericks finally struck. Kyla Booker was  able to tie the game with a chip shot heroic action with an 78th minute Omaha improves to 1-1-1.

The mavericks play again on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. versus Creighton at Morrison Stadium.