Laurin Mertz scored in the 44th minute to lead UNO to a 1-0 win over Grand Canyon at Caniglia Field on Friday.

After Jaden Thiem sent a free kick into the box, Margaret Lavigne fought off a defender and lobbed a shot that bounced off the leg of Grand Canyon keeper Lauren Garthwaite.

Mertz charged in and fired a shot off her right foot and into the net for her first goal of the season.

The Mavericks (4-6-1) won their second straight 1-0 contest after losing their previous five by that score.

The Antelopes (1-9-1) outshot UNO 15-10, but UNO’s Erin Bunker had four saves to earn her second straight shutout.

The Mavericks will open Summit League play at Western Illinois on Thursday.

Grand Canyon (1-9-1)....0 0—0

At UNO (4-6-1)................1 0—1

Goals: UNO, Mertz.​

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