Mavs Drop Heartbreaker in Debut at Caniglia
OMAHA, Neb. - Oral Roberts got a goal from Wayne Farmer with nine seconds left in regulation for a 2-1 win over the Omaha men's soccer team in the debut of the new Caniglia Field on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles improved to 5-6-3 overall and 3-1 in The Summit League. Omaha dropped to 3-9-1 overall and 1-3 in The Summit League.
The game's first 20 minutes belonged to the Mavericks, as they smoothly moved the ball around their new pitch and created chances. Joe Marinkovich forced a save with a header just over a minute into the game, and Mark Moulton forced a quick reaction by ORU's Isaac Sandoval eight minutes in. The Mavs had three more shot attempts off target in the first 20 minutes.
However, Oral Roberts countered and got on the board first. Johnny Chavez played a ball into the box, and Javier Reyes laid it off for Edgardo Mira, who calmly buried it in the net for the 1-0 lead at the 24:17 mark.
In the 40th minute, UNO took a quick free kick from the top of the 18 to the right side, catching the ORU defense off guard. Xavier Gomez had a clean look at net, but his shot hit the outside netting. The Mavs finished the first half with an 11-2 shot advantage but trailed 1-0.
The school-record 1,804 fans in attendance didn't have to wait long after halftime for the Mavericks to even the game. Logan Mendez played in a corner kick to the far side, where Nick Miller volleyed it back across the box to Moulton, who headed the ball past Sandoval for the Mavs' first goal on their new field. The goal came just 1:30 into the second half.
But in the 54th minute, Jake McCain was shown a straight red card for a tackle on the sideline in the Mavs' attacking third. The Mavs would play the final 36:40 a man down.
Following a foul near midfield with 21 seconds left, Oral Roberts played in a long free kick. The ball bounced out to the right side, and Marco Hernandez sent a ball into the center of the six-yard box, where Farmer won the ball in a scrum and tapped it into the net for the game-winner.
UNO ended up with a 17-11 shot advantage and 7-6 edge in shots on goal. Before the Mavs' red card, they had a 15-2 shot edge. After the red card, ORU owned a 9-2 shot advantage and 4-1 edge in shots on goal.
The Mavs play their final road game next Sunday at Eastern Illinois.