Win Some, Lose Some

* You win some, you lose some and let’s just say Omaha’s had better weekends than the one just past. First there was the Creighton women’s soccer team, rallying Friday from a goal down to take a 2-1 lead on Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Gophers out-shot the Bluejays 15-2 in the second half on their way to a 4-2 victory. Still a nice year for Coach Bruce Erickson, whose team set a school record with 15 wins. Then the top-seeded Creighton men lost to host team Bradley in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, the Jays second loss to the Braves in less than a week. Creighton took a 2-1 lead into the half in this one as well, then conceded a pair of second half goals in an ugly game. Bradley was whistled for 26 fouls while Creighton outshot the Braves, 20-9. The Bluejays received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. They face New Mexico Thursday at 7 p.m. at Morrison Stadium. And finally there was the 41-3 drubbing Sacramento put on the Omaha Nighthawks late last Saturday night. It was the Nighthawks’ third straight loss, ending the team’s hopes of appearing in the UFL Championship game at Rosenblatt Stadium Nov. 27. Instead, Omaha will see Las Vegas take on somebody in the title game. That somebody could be the Florida Tuskers who visit Omaha for Friday’s final game of the Nighthawks inaugural season. * One team that didn’t lose — and seemingly can’t at the moment — was the UNO hockey team. The 6th-ranked Mavs beat St. Cloud State at home Friday, then rallied from two goals down Saturday to take a 4-3 lead over the Huskies before conceding a late goal to end up with a 4-4 tie. What was expected to be a novel first season in the WCHA has turned into one with legitimate expectations. The Mavs are the only team without a conference loss and will welcome North Dakota, Coach Dean Blais’ former squad, to the Qwest Center this weekend. Inside College Hockey ranks the Mavs fourth in their most recent power poll, two spots ahead of UND. With the Nighthawks now eliminated from the UFL title game, you might not see a hotter ticket in Omaha this winter. The Jump takes you behind the local headlines. Email and look for daily updates at

posted at 10:03 pm
on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


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