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Quick starts to both halves helped Class B No. 2 Gretna push a fast pace in a 3-1 victory over fifth-ranked Columbus Scotus on Thursday in the first round of the girls state soccer tournament at Creighton's Morrison Stadium.
The Dragons scored less than 4½ minutes into the match and again 32 seconds into the second half. In between was a goal late in the first half that eventually became the game-winner.
“Both halves we opened up scoring early,” Gretna coach George Behney said. “That's a good way to set a tone in a match.”
Behney's group moves into Saturday's 11 a.m. semifinal, its third straight semifinal appearance, and is one win away from a third consecutive championship game appearance.
Gretna's Megan Kruse got the first Dragon score, popping a shot from outside the box into the Scotus goal in the fifth minute. It was her team-leading 20th of the season.
In the 33rd minute, sophomore Hannah Derouchey added another, taking a pass from Jordyn Wollenburg and putting away Gretna's second goal.
Jessica Schaecher netted the third, heading in an assist from Wollenburg.
“They had some good passing combinations,” Columbus Scotus coach Kristie Brezenski said. “When they got those early scores, it was kind of hard on my team.”
Scotus would get on the board midway through the second half when Stephani Jarecke put back her own rebound opportunity, but the Shamrocks would get no closer.
Brezenski said the way Gretna possessed the ball was the difference.
“It just made us look like we were running all over the field when we couldn't stop it,” she said.
Columbus Scotus (11-6) ...... 0 1—1
Gretna (16-1) .......................... 3 0—3
Goals: CS, Stephani Jarecke; G, Megan Kruse, Hannah Derouchey, Jessica Schaecher.
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