The Class A girls and boys state soccer championships will be played tonight at Morrison Stadium in Omaha. Here’s a quick preview of the two games.
Gretna Dragons (20-1) vs. Millard North Mustangs (13-7) at 5 p.m.
Does Millard North have any more cinderella magic left?
The Mustangs, who came into the tournament as the No. 8 seed, have knocked off No. 1 and previously unbeaten Lincoln Southwest (1-0 in a shootout) and No. 5 Omaha Marian (2-1). Now they’re playing for a state championship against a team they’ll be seeing for the fourth time this season.
Millard North got past Gretna 2-1 in a shootout back on May 6 in the A-2 district final. Gretna took the first two contests, 3-0 on April 5 and 4-1 in the Metro Conference tournament on April 12.
Sarah Weber and Gretna are waiting, however.
Weber, a Nebraska soccer commit whose 47 goals are a new Class A single-season record, beat No. 7 Kearney 4-1 in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Lincoln East 2-1 in a shootout in the semifinals to earn another shot at Millard North.
Omaha South Packers (19-1) vs. Lincoln Southwest Silver Hawks (17-0) at 8 p.m.
Will it be a perfect undefeated season for the No. 1 seed Lincoln Southwest Silver Hawks? Not if the No. 2 Omaha South Packers and their talented goal scorers have anything to say about it.
Southwest comes into the state championship with 13 shut-out wins. Its goalie, Northern Illinois commit Nolan Fuelberth, has been like a wall in net, not only in the state tournament, but all season long.
Fuelberth and the Silver Hawk defense will be tasked with slowing down an intense Omaha South offense that’s outscored No. 7 Millard West and No. 3 Gretna by a combined score of 6-2 so far in the state tournament.
Keep an eye on Omaha South’s Kevin Becerril and Edwin Cisneros — two dangerous players with the ball.