Omaha women’s soccer drops season opener against Illinois State


Jack McGonigal

Omaha’s Amanda Rapaduski shoots against Illinois State. Photo courtesy of Mark Kuhlmann/Omaha Athletics.

The Omaha women’s soccer team opened up their season on a beautiful, warm night at Caniglia Field last Friday.

The game didn’t start the way the Mavericks would have preferred, as the team trailed 2-0 after just 20 minutes. Both goals came off slight miscommunications by the Omaha defense.

In the 32nd minute, transfer Amanda Rapuduski found the back of the net to cut the lead 2-1 late in the first half. The goal was her first career goal as a Maverick.

The banging of the drums and the cheers of the crowd gave the Mavs confidence from that point on. Omaha played solid defense for most of the second half and had several chances to score. In the 70th minute the Redbirds struck again and put themselves ahead 3-1.

In the 83rd minute, Margaret LaVigne tacked on another Maverick goal, which cut the lead to 3-2. Down the stretch in the final couple minutes, fans were on their feet, drums were banging like usual and a few questionable calls that were “no calls” occurred. Despite it all, the Redbirds survived their trip to Omaha with a 3-2 win.

The women’s soccer team drops to 0-1, but will be back in action Sunday, Aug. 25 when Big-12 standout Kansas State comes to town.