The UIW Women's Team got their official season underway on Friday but fell to another loss as they were downed 2-0 by University of Nebraska-Omaha at Caniglia Field.
The result was the first time the Mavericks had managed to win their season opener since going to Division I, with their last season opening win coming in 2008.
It was a tight start to a tight match, involving two schools both making the transition to NCAA Division I with neither side really able to break through their opponent's stern defense.
For all their solid defensive work the Cardinals only registered four shots in the first half, struggling with that transition into attack, but it did show an improvement from their matches against Texas and UTSA in their pre-season match ups.
But despite that UIW hit the lead with five minutes to play in the first half the Mavericks hit the lead as Chelsi Rohloff was able to find space at the top corner of the area and sent her shot in to the bottom right corner, making it too hard for Haley Nelson to get to.
Both teams struggled in the second half to get chances away with no chance coming until 21 minutes in to the second half, and it resulted in a goal.
Rohloff turned provider as she was able to cross in for Lydia Holtmann who was left with a simple tap-in to double Nebraska-Omaha's lead.
UIW pushed hard in the final stages with Kathryn Mundy and Nikki Popa looking dangerous for the Cardinals but were denied by Katlyn Schochenmaier who sealed the win with the saves.
The stats reflected how tight the game was, with the Mavericks leading 12-10 on shots but a hefty 6-3 on shots on target, showing that it was really shooting accuracy that cost the Cardinals a result.