The schedule for Omaha men’s soccer this season was designed so that the team could really test themselves in their non-conference games.
In the very first game of the schedule, they got the test they were looking for.
Opening their season away from home, Omaha men’s soccer flew all the way to the West Coast to take on a talented California Golden Bears team.
The first half of the game went largely in favor of the Golden Bears. While the Mavericks did create the first chance of the evening – when sophomore Miguel Gomez got off a dangerous shot in the 13th minute of the game – the overall shot tally for the half was 7-2 in favor of the Bears.
It would be one of those seven shots that would decide the game. In the 23rd minute, freshman Paolo Carrillo-Weisenburger hit a well-placed shot past Omaha’s Ugo Tritz to score his first-ever goal for Cal and to give the Golden Bears the lead.
The chances to equalize then came to the Mavericks in the second half. The best chance of the night for Omaha to level the score came in the 78th minute. A foul in the box led to a penalty kick decision in favor of the Mavericks. However, sophomore Martin Veys found his shot denied by Cal’s Drake Callender, and the Mavericks remained without an equalizer. The game would end 1-0.
Omaha will not have much time to recover from this loss, as their next game comes on Monday, Sept. 2 against No. 11 Saint Mary’s. After that game, the Mavericks will finally return home for their season opener against Columbia on Friday, Sept. 6.