OMAHA, Neb.-The Omaha women’s soccer team faced the Denver Pioneers Sunday afternoon. Denver, the preseason favorites, was fourth in the Summit League standings with Omaha right below them in fifth coming into the match.
The first half was back and forth with Omaha controlling possession and Denver creating more scoring opportunities. Then in the 30th minute sophomore midfielder Hannah Adler scored Denver’s first goal of the afternoon and only goal of the half off of a poor clearance by the Mavericks. Omaha only created one chance in the first half when freshman forward Bailey Cascio had a header at the back-post saved by the Pioneer’s sophomore goalkeeper Brittney Wilson.
The second half was livelier from both teams, but in the last three minutes the match intensified with Omaha searching for the equalizer. Shots came pouring in at Wilson, and they almost tied it up when junior defender Susie Dineen had a shot low into the corner saved by Wilson’s fingertip. On the ensuing corner, the Mavericks had multiple shots cleared off the line, but Denver cleared it to senior forward Jessie Dancy who scored on the counter attack with 28 seconds remaining. The match concluded 2-0 in favor of the Denver Pioneers. Omaha’s next match is Oct. 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma against Oral Roberts.
The Mavericks return home for the last two matches of the season, against Western Illinois on Oct. 26 and South Dakota on Oct. 29.
-Harrison Popp, Operations Manager, Sports Analyst