Florida International scored less than 1 minute into the match and Nebraska-Omaha couldn't battle back in a 2-0 loss on Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament in Miami.
A header on a free kick 56 seconds in gave the Panthers the only goal they would need. FIU added an insurance goal on another free kick in the 26th minute. Paul Marie assisted on the first goal and scored the second.
The Mavericks, appearing in their first NCAA Tournament game in program history, outshot the Panthers 13-7 overall (7-3 on goal) and held a 9-1 advantage on corner kicks. But FIU's quick strikes and quality over quantity proved the difference.
Joseph Ghitis made one save in goal for UNO, which finishes the year 10-6-3.
Hastings begins NAIA play
The Hastings men's and women's soccer teams will open play in the NAIA Tournament on Saturday.
The Hastings men (18-3), the defending national champions, will host Corban (Oregon) at 5:30 p.m. Corban enters the tournament at 15-2-4. The Broncos swept the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships to earn an automatic bid.
Hastings is led by junior Daniel Whitehall, who is the three-time GPAC offensive player of the year. The Broncos are making their 13th NAIA Tournament appearance.
The Hastings women will start tournament play on the road. The Broncos (15-2-4) will play at No. 14 Ottawa (Kansas) at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Broncos clinched a tournament berth with a shootout win against Concordia in the GPAC Tournament final.