08 Dec 2021 | 14:51 | Soccer
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—Malik Elmi headed in a Mitch Hammer corner kick with a little over two minutes remaining in overtime to push Omaha past CSUN 1-0 in men’s soccer action Sunday afternoon.
Kicking off at 11 a.m., the Mavs recorded a pair of attempts in the first two minutes before Giovanni Aguilar recorded a shot in the fifth. Hammer nearly opened the scoring in the 12th minute. He dribbled inside the Matadors’ box where David Preys turned away his point-blank attempt. The rebound returned to Hammer where he went high giving CSUN a goal kick.
Aguilar went wide left in the 22nd, which was followed by the first Matador shot on goal, an Arturo Reveles try that was saved by Jeremy Pollard. After a water break in the 90+ degree heat, Preys saved a Junior Noutoura effort at the 29:10 mark.
The Mavs marched on the CSUN goal in the 37th minute. Jugo Kametani had his attempt saved by Preys. The rebound came back out in front to Neville Morgan who had his shot saved by Preys.
After being outshot 7-3 in the first half, the Matadors held a 5-2 advantage in the second. Aguilar and Revels recorded the first two for CSUN. In the 75th minute, Inaki Alado was turned away by Preys, but the rebound found Astwood who couldn’t take advantage and went high. Aguilar and Oscar Cardenas both had attempts blocked in the final 10 minutes of regulation. Jamar Ricketts recorded the final shot of regulation with six minutes to go.
With one minute gone in overtime, CSUN went into the Omaha zone and came away with an Ethan Benham shot that went high. The game winner was set up by a Mavs’ offensive rush that saw the ball go off a CSUN defender, resulting in the corner. Hammer’s ball found Elmi to give Omaha its first win of the season (1-3-1).
The Mavs outshot CSUN 10-9, 7-1 on goal. Preys made six saves. Both teams had four corner kicks. Pollard recorded one save.
“We didn’t do enough to score,” said CSUN head coach Terry Davila. “We handled the ball and did well in certain zones of the field. But we didn’t do enough to penetrate, and we must do a better job of being organized to make those runs. If you don’t score goals, you will give an opportunity to the other team to score. David made three outstanding saves today and I am super proud of him, he had a good performance and didn’t deserve that result.”
Redshirt seniors Khalid Hunter and John Andersen made their first starts of the 2021 season after overcoming injuries…The teams took a water break in each half as temperatures reached the upper 90’s by the end of the match…Sunday marked the lone CSUN afternoon home match of the year…This was second consecutive overtime match for Omaha on its California excursion. Omaha played to a scoreless tie Thursday night at UC Irvine…Omaha head coach Bob Warming is in his 44th overall season as a collegiate head coach. His 480 wins (480-263-88) are the ninth most by a Division I coach in the history of the game.