UNO women’s soccer takes to the road following OT draw

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September 24th, 2014

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska at Omaha women’s soccer team has played well at home this season. Prior to the match with the Bluejays, the Mavericks were 2-0 at home, with an 8-2 advantage in goals scored.

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On the road the Mavs are 0-4, but this game was different, it pitted two Omaha squads who know a lot about each other.

UNO junior defender Hannah Wampler and Creighton junior midfielder Alissa Kohmetscher both played on the 2011 Lincoln Southeast (NE) girls’ soccer team that lost in the Class A state title game 2-1 to Millard North. UNO head coach Don Klosterman said he thinks people are naturally pulling for a rivalry, especially with the soccer support from Omaha fans. But until UNO can get a big win he doesn’t see it as a true rivalry.

“Everyone wants to be in that cross town battle, Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC, which is kind of, fun,” Klosterman said. “I think it is important to the community and for girls’ soccer in Omaha to see quality soccer.”

UNO women's soccer team gears up for a new season (Photo courtesy of UNO Athletics)

UNO women’s soccer team dropped a heart-breaker to Creighton in double OT Sunday 2-1. (Photo courtesy of UNO Athletics)

Sunday’s crowd of 1,334 saw UNO got off to a nice start, as former Bluejay Kyla Booker scored in the 23’ to give the Mavs a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by junior forward Chelsi Rohloff who is tied for 4th in the Summit League in both goals (4) and points (10). Klosterman said Rohloff, the transfer from Nebraska, offers UNO a skill-set you don’t see every day.

“She is dangerous because I don’t think knows what she is going to do sometimes,” Klosterman said. “That scares a defender if they are going one-on-one with Chelsi, ‘what is she going to do?’ She doesn’t know. (laughs) Chelsi is dangerous that way and the other thing she does is, she is not afraid to be offside three or four times a game. Then all of the sudden, they don’t catch her offside, and she is on and she gets behind the defense and she is dangerous and she can score.”

Creighton scratched and clawed their way back to get the equalizer with 91 seconds left in the game, as sophomore forward Lauren Sullivan’s goal sent the game to overtime. The first overtime period came and went without much commotion. But in the second overtime Creighton’s Sullivan headed in her second goal, the game winner, at 102’.

It was the first loss on the year at home for UNO. UNO (2-6 overall, 0-0 Summit) has a quick turnaround, with a game Thursday in Springfield, MO against Missouri State. Sunday UNO takes on Saint Louis at Robert R. Hermann Stadium in Saint Louis. The Mavs have two more games away from the Cornhusker state the following weekend.

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