By Jared Meyer, Contributor
The UNO women’s soccer team hosted their first-ever home games as a Division 1 member last weekend, winning one and earning a draw in the other. The Mavs faced off against Central Oklahoma on Friday and Midwestern State on Sunday, two teams that had both beaten UNO a year ago.
On Friday, the Mavs defeated the Broncos by a score of 2-0. The Mavs had the pressure on early, earning eight corner kicks in the first half alone. One of the tries put a ball in the six-yard box, but Midwestern State goalkeeper Samantha Rusk saved shots by Hilary Jackson and Amber Bilodeau.
Another first half corner kick ended up on the head of Jordyn Braun, but Braun’s shot was tipped over the net by goalkeeper Rusk. The first half would end scoreless, but Katie Pickinpaugh would help UNO capitalize in the second half.
The Mavs’ first goal came in the 52nd minute off of a beautiful pass from Hilary Jackson. Jackson dribbled down to the goal line and kicked a beautiful cross for Pickinpaugh who headed it in.
UNO made it 2-0 in the 71st minute when Pickinpaugh dribbled her way through defenders and put a shot from 20 yards out past a diving Rusk into the left corner of the goal. The Mavs would end the game with a 2-0 advantage on the scoreboard, a 15-5 advantage in shots and a 10-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
On Sunday, UNO faced Midwestern State, a team the Mavs only managed five shots against in last year’s 2-1 defeat. Katie Pickinpaugh set the tone right after kick off, dribbling through defenders and getting to the penalty box but failing to fire a shot.
Throughout the first half, UNO had most of the possession and had their chances to score but went into halftime 0-0. After the first 45 minutes, the Mavs lead four to three in shots and two to one in corner kicks.
In the second half, Katie Pickinpaugh had yet another chance firing a shot just above the crossbar. The Mustangs also had their opportunities, getting a corner kick inside the six-yard box but failing to score when Mav defenders calmly moved the ball out of danger.
The second half would end 0-0 setting up two 10 minute overtime periods. UNO had the best chance when Pickinpaugh crossed a pass along the goal line to defender Jenna Summers. Summers was unable to get a touch on the ball, and the match ended in a scoreless tie.
For the weekend, Maverick goaltender Katelyn Tschida had a clean sheet, saving four shots in 200 minutes of work. Friday and Sunday were the first full shutouts of her career.
“Overall, I think the weekend went pretty good,” said Maverick defender Jordyn Braun. “Each game we are showing more and more progress as a team, and we just have to keep the momentum going.”
As UNO now looks forward to a trip to Washington to face St. Martin’s on Thursday and Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Braun said the team needs to work on what it’s going to take to get some more goals.
“The toughest part is growing as a new team,” Braun said. “But we’ve got a good group of girls to work with. Hopefully we can come home with some wins.”