UNO stunned in final seconds, lose 2-1

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October 27th, 2013

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska at Omaha men’s soccer team christened Caniglia Field at UNO as a soccer pitch Saturday with a game against Oral Roberts University.

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But it was the Golden Eagles who left Omaha victorious after a stunning 2-1 win over UNO in the final seconds.

The game was heated and there were several skirmishes which resulted in 19 total team fouls, five yellow cards and a red card. Maverick head coach Jason Mims said his team plays hard from whistle to whistle.

UNO players celebrate following Mark Moulton's goal to start the second half. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

UNO players celebrate following Mark Moulton’s goal to start the second half. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

“We are an aggressive team, the guys obviously they are going to be excited playing here for the first time ever,” Mims said. “I didn’t have to get them excited about this game. It was going to be a high energy game. I haven’t seen the tape but it was tough.”

Oral Roberts’ Eduardo Mira scored the game’s first goal in the 25th minute to give ORU the 1-0 lead. The Mavs were the aggressor in the match with six more shots than the Golden Eagles. But some confusion between the referees and coaches about a fight at the end of the first half caused some planning issues for UNO.

“It was tough emotionally for the guys and then hearing that and trying to adjust at halftime that we are playing a man down, then we weren’t and then ten minutes later we are,” Mims said. ”So it was definitely highs and lows, highs and lows.”

The refs told Mims at the end of the first half that one of his players was being ejected from the game due to the fight. But then the refs told Mims at the start of the second half that his player wasn’t ejected and his team wouldn’t have to play a man down. But Mims downplayed the confusion, slightly.

“The team thinks we are a man down, so we are organized to play a man down,” Mims said. “Even with this energy and this crowd it is not an excuse. You got to play with eight? You got to play with eight. You got to play with nine? You got to play with nine.”

After the mix-up UNO’s Mark Moulton scored and tied the game at 1-1 to the delight of the 1,804 fans in attendance.

But in the 54th minute the Mavs Jake McCain was red carded following a poor tackle and UNO had to play the final 36 minutes down one player. But UNO was still on the attack and had several chances at a potential go ahead score but was unable to capitalize. Oral Roberts on the other hand took advantage of the extra player and scored a goal with less than ten seconds remaining to give the Golden Eagles the win, 2-1.

The agony of defeat. players react to ORU's final goal. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

The agony of defeat. players react to ORU’s final goal. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

“We played a man down the majority of the second half,” Mims said. “I thought we controlled the game; we had more chances then them we attacked more. It looked like if anyone was up a man, we we’re. That is how soccer is, you give up a stupid foul out here and they get a free kick you put the ball in the box it is a goal.”

UNO (3-9-1 overall, 1-3-0 Summit League) is now in sixth place in the Summit league and travel to Charleston, Ill. for a game against Eastern Illinois Next Saturday. The Mavs then finish the season up with two home games the following two weeks.

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