DES MOINES, Iowa - A pair of second-half goals lifted Nebraska Omaha to a 2-0 victory over Drake in men's soccer exhibition action on Wednesday (Aug. 15) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The Bulldogs dominated the pace of play in the initial stanza as Drake's starters posted a 6-0 advantage in shots, although unable to crack the scoring column in a scoreless first half.
Drake head coach Sean Holmes inserted a number of players into the lineup to begin the final 45 minutes, many of whom were seeing their first collegiate soccer action.
The Mavericks broke the stalemate in the 53rd minute (52:16) when Vance Rookwood delivered a strike past freshman Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic) off a corner kick sent in by Jesus Perez to give UNO a 1-0 advantage.
Just over two minutes later at the 54:35 mark, Logan Mendez capped the scoring striking the ball into the back of the net courtesy of an assist from Rookwood.
The Bulldogs managed only three shots in the final stanza to register a 9-8 advantage in the contest in shots.
Holmes was able to garner playing time for 26 players in the game, including 10 newcomers.
Mendez paced all players with a game-high three shots, while Drake received two shots apiece from senior Michael Thaden (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley), junior Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin), redshirt sophomore Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) and sophomore Ross Payne (Overland Park, Kan./Pembroke Hill).
Collecting minutes in goal for the Bulldogs was Hunstiger, redshirt junior Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) and sophomore goalkeeper Jacob Hustiger (White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake). Matt Grosey went the distance for UNO and made two saves.
Drake now turns its attention to its regular season opener on Aug. 24 when the Bulldogs battle Cincinnati in a 4:00 p.m. tilt as part of the Saint Louis University Tournament.