Photo Showcase: Class B boys soccer, May 15
• Video Below: See highlights from the Class B boys final
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After the first 40 minutes of the boys Class B soccer final at Morrison Stadium, it would have been hard to imagine that South Sioux City would not be raising its first state championship trophy 40 minutes later.
The second-seeded Cardinals had top-seeded Omaha Skutt on their heels for the entire first half, outshooting the SkyHawks 15-1 and beating them in every facet of the game, although holding a slim 1-0 halftime lead.
But in a span of just 15:12 of the second half, Skutt was able to turn the tables on South Sioux City as Nathan McGovern scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner by Connor Munro to give the SkyHawks the state title with a 3-2 comeback win.
But in a span of just 15:12 of the second half, Skutt was able to turn the tables on South Sioux City as Nathan McGovern scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner by Connor Munro, giving the SkyHawks the state title with a 3-2 comeback win.
McGovern, who finished with four goals in the state tournament and 22 this season, said the SkyHawks were confident heading to the second half.
“We knew our second half is always our better half,” McGovern said. “We just knew we had to step it up, and we did.”
Skutt coach Rob Meyers said he didn't have to say much to his team at halftime.
They knew it was time to go.
“We were down and could have possibly been out,” Meyers said. “But they didn't give up and kept fighting.
“I told our kids at halftime they just got their rear ends kicked that first half. They just made too many mistakes.”
The SkyHawks (20-1) handed South Sioux City (19-2) its only two losses of the season.
McGovern scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Cardinals on April 26.
After a fluid first half that saw just four fouls by both sides, things started getting chippy in the second as five yellow cards were issued for rough play in a span of 5:03—three to South Sioux City and two to Skutt.
Cardinals' coach Marla Grier said that style did not favor her team.
“We just fell into their game, and we've always said we have to play our game,” Grier said.
“So that's what happens when you have trouble getting back into our game.”
Edison Irineo opened the scoring in the 17th minute close to the goal, finishing on a crossing pass from Edwin Barrera to beat Skutt keeper Michael Kluver and put the Cardinals up 1-0.
McGovern finally got the SkyHawks' offense on the board in the 62nd minute, striking from 17 yards out to tie the game 1-1.
He gave Skutt the lead just 5:55 later, collecting a rebound off a Munro shot and burying it to put the SkyHawks up 2-1.
But the Cardinals weren't finished.
Jorge Perez launched a left-footed missile from 25 yards out with 4:38 left that found its way into the upper-left corner of the Skutt goal to tie the game at 2-2.
“We saw a glimmer of hope with four minutes left, but that was a little too late,” Grier said.
Munro ended South Sioux City's hopes of a title with a goal just 1:23 later when he and McGovern were able to hook up on a 2-on-1 counterattack.
“Those two kind of willed us through this whole thing,” Meyers said of McGovern and Munro.
South Sioux City (19-2)...........................1 1—2
Omaha Skutt (20-1).................................0 3—3
Goals: SSC, Edison Irineo, Jorge Perez. OS, Nathan McGovern 2, Connor Munro.
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