UNO freshman Devin Diego made a big impact in his first soccer game for the Mavericks.
The midfielder from Las Vegas scored twice and had one assist in the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 3-2 win over Seattle on Sunday.
On Monday, he was named the Summit League offensive player of the week. He's the first UNO student-athlete ever to receive a weekly award from the conference.
Diego is the first Maverick in team history to score two goals in a game, and with five points was also the first to have more than two points in a single game.
He earned a penalty kick in the 48th minute and scored on it for a 1-0 lead. In the 50th minute, he bent in a shot from the left edge of the box into the upper right corner for a 2-0 lead. He assisted the eventual game-winning goal in the 69th minute with a free kick cross to the head of Vance Rookwood for a 3-1 lead.
“He only played 44 minutes,'' coach Jason Mims said. “That's pretty productive, two goals and an assist in about half a game.''
Diego hadn't played while he waited for his paperwork to clear. He's also had some knee issues.
He spent last fall training at the Real Salt Lake Academy, where Mims knows some of the staff, while taking classes at a community college. He arrived at UNO last winter.
He didn't get any major offers out of high school.
“We're excited to have him,'' Mims said. “He's very good around the goal. I was not surprised to see him get a couple of chances.''
Diego is one of five freshmen leading the Mavs' attack.
“It's nice,'' Mims said. “They'll all get to play together for a while.''