DENVER – Sophomore Meg Halvorson (Englewood, Colo.) opened the scoring in the 12th minute and freshman forward Samantha Feller (Grand Junction, Colo.) scored her fourth and fifth goals in the last three matches to lead the University of Denver women’s soccer team past Omaha 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.
The Pioneers improved to 2-0 in Summit League play, while the Mavericks dropped to 0-2.
Halvorson got the Pioneers on the board in the 12th minute off assists from sophomore left back Alex Nillen (Lakewood, Colo.) and junior Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.). Nillen got free for the third time in the early going down the left, playing a cross just outside the six yard box that got by the Omaha goalkeeper, and was back-heeled by Adler to Halvorson for the finish into an open net. Adler picked up her fourth assist of the campaign, while Nillen grabbed her second of the season.
Bailey Cascio leveled proceedings in the 35th minute with her second goal of the campaign. Cydney Skinner took a free kick from around 35 yards out, striking the post with her attempt, but Cascio got on the end of the rebound to knock it into an open goal to even the score at 1-1.
Feller’s first of two goals in a span of 1:26 in the second half was the fourth of the season for the Denver freshman. Classmate Natalie Beckman (Denver, Colo.) played a cross from the end line that snuck past the Mavs keeper to Feller on the doorstep for the finish inside the six-yard box.
The Grand Junction native doubled Denver’s lead with a set-piece finish off a corner kick service from Beckman for her fifth of the campaign in the 60th minute.
Denver outshot Omaha 14-9 in the match, putting 10 of its 14 attempts on target.