Despite a couple good opportunities in the second half and overtime, the University of Nebraska Mavericks were left with a single point on the road against the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos. UNO forward Sophia Green led the Mavericks in shots, while Rileigh Kuhns registered the only two shots for the Roos. Both teams’ keepers and their defenses kept shutouts, but it was the Roos’ keeper Mackenzie Caldwell who was the busier of the two.
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- The first half was fairly even, with a slight tilt to UNO. UNO Junior Margaret Lavigne was a solid presence in the backline, but she also came away with the best chance of the first half. Lavigne was denied an almost certain header goal by a brilliant save from Caldwell.
- The game was physical throughout, but UNO’s Grace Crockett earned the only yellow card. Crockett’s physicality and hard-tackling was present throughout the game.
- The UNO Mavericks couldn’t quite put their attack together. Their attackers all had good moments throughout the game, but not often at the same time. Regan Zimmers was dangerous in the first half, Green was dangerous in the second half, and Grace Ostergaard popped up late to create some chances.
- Grace Thede is becoming an important player for the Mavs. She is a solid outside back, and when the Mavs need help unlocking a tough defense, the coaching staff moves her forward. She was able to provide a spark for UNO in the second half and overtime, and nearly repeated her heroics from the USD game.
- UMKC’s Emma Wilson (Westside HS alum) is an absolute force in the midfield for the Roos. In her youth and club career, she was always a physical presence and a dictator of play, and she still gets it done at the college level.
- A point on the road is always good in a conference like the Summit League. The Mavs probably deserved 3. Caldwell made 3 incredible saves, and the Roos defense scrambled another one away. Still, in a tight game like this, UMKC almost snatched victory late, but Bela Gonzalez was unable to force the ball over the line.
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