• Photo Showcase: Nebraska state soccer, May 10
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The only team in the state to solve the Creighton Prep puzzle the last two years now gets a crack at the defending champion with a berth in the state championship on the line.
Class A No. 3 Omaha South scored a goal in the 62nd minute and made it stand up for a 3-2 win over seventh-ranked Millard West on Thursday in the first round of the boys state soccer tournament at Creighton's Morrison Stadium.
The reward for South is a spot in Saturday's semifinals and a rubber match with second-ranked Omaha Creighton Prep (20-1). The Packers handed Prep its only loss in a 3-2 victory late in the year. Prep's last loss prior to that was to South in the 2010 state semifinals.
“We seem to play well every other game, but never back-to-back,” South coach Joe Maass said. “We didn't really bring our ‘A' game today. Hopefully it comes on Saturday.”
South fell behind early when Millard West scored just 6½ minutes into the match on a goal from Jacob Snyder.
“It kind of felt like we were a little bit asleep to start the game,” Maass said.
South answered with a pair of its own in a span of less than 3½ minutes to take a lead.
Abel Guadalupe Alvarado-Reyes got the first, pounding home a ball left by a teammate near the penalty-kick mark. The Packers' next goal would come from that same spot, a penalty kick that Jose Marquez buried for South's first lead.
Millard West would get a second-half equalizer on a perfectly placed free kick by John Lee from about 40 yards out and near the sideline. It sailed over the head of keeper D.J. Jimenez and into the goal.
The game remained tied for another 17 minutes before Pedro Everardo Gomez notched the game-winner. Everardo Gomez took a chip from a teammate into the box, then got to the ball for a chip of his own that Millard West keeper Andrew Thomas got his fingertips on.
The ball trickled behind and bounced just in front of the goal. A Millard West defender tried clearing it, but his attempt helped push it in to the back of the net.
“Well deserved win,” Millard West coach Ron Beernink said.
Millard West (14-7).................1 1—2
Omaha South (16-5)..............2 1—3
Goals: MW, Jacob Snyder, John Lee. OS, Abel Guadalupe Alvarado-Reyes, Jose Marquez, Pedro Everardo Gomez.
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