Grand Canyon scored the game-winning goal just 18 seconds after the University of Nebraska at Omaha men tied Friday's season opener, handing the Mavericks a 2-1 loss at UNO Soccer Field.
Grand Canyon (1-0) opened the scoring in the 34th minute when Kyle Ciliento volleyed in a free kick.
The Mavericks controlled possession to open the second half, and were rewarded at the 66:19 mark when Sam Langston's cross into the box was hit by a defender's hand for a penalty kick. Emir Alihodzic converted to make it 1-1.
But the Antelopes answered in a hurry. Gerrit Thomes slipped a ball behind the defense to Ciliento, who finished from the right side of the box to the left corner for the 2-1 lead at 66:37.
UNO pushed forward the final 22 minutes in search of the equalizer but were unsuccessful. The Mavs finished with an 18-6 shot advantage and 6-3 edge in shots on goal.
UNO heads to Missouri State for a 7 p.m. game Sunday.
Grand Canyon (1-0) ............................ 1 1—2
At UNO (0-1) ............................ 0 1—1
Goals: GC, Ciliento 2. UNO, Alihodzic.