OMAHA, Neb. - Vance Rookwood scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick with 6:26 to play, and the Omaha men's soccer team closed the season with a 2-1 win over Incarnate Word on Senior Day at Caniglia Field on Saturday.
The Mavericks finished the season 6-9-1, the most wins in the three-year history of the program. The Mavs had already finished 3-3 in The Summit League, good for third place in the standings. Incarnate Word, also a Division I transitional school, finished the season 6-8-1.
The Mavs took the lead early in the game when senior Craig Buettner stole the ball off a defender's foot and finished to the left corner from 22 yards out. It was Buettner's third goal of the season and was just the spark the Mavs needed from a senior on Senior Day.
Incarnate Word fought back to tie the game in the 40th minute when Dylan Kelly scored after a free kick was played into the box. The teams were even throughout the second half and finished with 13 shots each. The Mavs had a 7-4 edge in shots on goal.
In the 84th minute, Chava Garcia's corner kick found Rookwood in the center of the box six yards from the goal, and he volleyed it into the left corner to break a 1-1 deadlock. It was Rookwood's fourth goal of the season and Garcia's team-high sixth assist.
All three of the Maverick seniors made contributions in the win. Buettner had the first goal and a team-high three shots and two shots on goal. Senior midfielder Thomas Torres had a shot on goal late in the second half that was cleared off the line by a Cardinal defender. And goalie Matt Grosey made three saves, one of them an athletic diving effort to keep Incarnate Word off the scoreboard in the game's opening 20 minutes.
Chava Garcia led the Mavericks with 12 points this season, while Summit League Newcomer of the Year Christian Garcia had 10 points. Buettner finished with nine points and 19 for his career to rank third all-time.