UNO couldn't dig itself out of an early hole as the Mavericks dropped a 3-2 decision to Illinois State in their season opener Friday night at Caniglia Field.

Illinois State scored twice in the first 17 minutes as Mikayla Unger had a goal and an assist. UNO cut its deficit to 2-1 as Amanda Rapaduski converted a pass from Laurin Mertz in the 32nd minute.

Illinois State went up 3-1 with 9:26 left, but the Mavs answered with a goal two minutes later as Margaret Lavigne headed in a pass from Jaden Thiem. But the Mavs weren't able to get the equalizer.

UNO outshot the Cardinals 13-10. UNO goalkeeper Erin Bunker finished with three saves.

UNO looks to bounce back at 1 p.m. Sunday when it hosts Kansas State.

Illinois State (1-0)......2  1—3
UNO (0-1).................1  1—2
Goals: IS, Del Fava 2, Unger; UNO, Rapaduski, Lavigne
 

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