The Omaha women’s soccer team opens its new home, Caniglia Field, for the first time this season and on the final weekend of the season. On Friday, the Mavericks host IUPUI at 7 p.m. in their first game at Caniglia Field and the first-ever soccer game played at night under the lights. Friday night’s game is also Senior Night for the Mavericks’ six seniors: Monica Bosiljevac, Jordyn Braun, Melanie McCormick, Sarah Nordstrom, Kerry Pivovar and Logen Watts. All six have been at UNO since their freshman seasons in 2010. Entering the weekend, the six have combined to start 331 career games for the Mavs and have a combined 22 goals and 15 assists. On Sunday, the Mavs conclude the season against Western Illinois at Noon. Live stats for both games will be available at OMavs.com. Because of Internet access at the Mavs’ new field, live webcasts will be offered for all soccer games at Caniglia Field. Fans can purchase a month-long subscription for just $10.95 to watch both games this weekend live on OMavs.com.
The Teams The Mavs are now 3-9-2 overall and 1-4 in league action. Melanie McCormick continues to lead the Mavericks with four goals and one assist for nine points. Monica Bosiljevac also has nine points on three goals and three assists. A total of seven different Mavericks have scored a goal this season and 11 Mavs have at least one point. Goalie Meaghan Clark has played every minute and has a .740 save percentage and 1.79 goals against average. Clark has two shutouts on the season.
IUPUI enters Friday’s match with a 4-9-4 overall record and an 0-4-1 record in Summit League action. IUPUI is 0-6-1 in its last seven matches. The Jaguars are 0-5 on the road this season and have been outscored 18-2 in those contests. Tori Minnich has a team-leading four goals and nine points on the season. Kalli Shepler-Tucker has a team-high four assists and is second with six points. Taylor Heidorn, Grace Perkowitz and Alyssa Fox each have a pair of goals. Giselle Guzman has started every match in net and has a 1.86 goals against average. The Leathernecks enter a game Friday at South Dakota with a 7-8-2 overall record and 2-3 mark in The Summit League. WIU is battling for a top-four finish to qualify for the Summit League Championships. The Leathernecks enter the weekend in fifth place with two games to go. Sarah Hall is the leading scorer with five goals. Amber Davis has six points on two goals and two assists.
Series History IUPUI won the only matchup between the Jaguars and Mavericks last year on Oct. 21 in Indianapolis, 2-1. Western Illinois and UNO are tied 1-1 in the all-time series. Last year, UNO lost in Macomb, 1-0 in overtime.
Last Time Out FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Omaha women’s soccer team dropped its final road game of the 2013 season, 1-0 at Fort Wayne last Sunday afternoon. The loss put the Mavericks at 3-9-2 overall and 1-4 in The Summit League. IPFW improved to 6-9-1 overall and 3-1-1 in league play. The Mastodons scored the game’s only goal in the 19th minute. Gaby Romo took a pass from Sydney Hoareau and beat goalie Meaghan Clark to the right side of the goal. The Mavericks had started the match strong and had a 2-1 shot advantage and four corner kicks before IPFW’s goal. For the game, the Mavericks outshot the Mastodons 9-7 overall, but IPFW had a 5-3 edge in shots on goal. The Mavs were particularly strong in the second half with a 6-2 shot margin over IPFW. Melanie McCormick had three shots and one on target for UNO. Layla Ashouri and Anna Sibson also had a shot on goal.