Jose Marquez, Omaha South: The senior scored the game-winner in the 75th minute and South won the first state soccer title in program history with a 1-0 victory over Omaha Creighton Prep. While Marquez got the goal, it was the Packers’ leading scorer, junior Michael Jaime, who helped do much of the heavy lifting in the back. Jaime was a defender for all 80 minutes Monday night, helping South hold the Junior Jays scoreless for the third time this season. The shutout was South keeper Sayeg Moreno’s 20th of the season, a state record.
South Sioux City 2, Omaha Skutt 1: What could possibly beat Marquez’s game-winner in the 75th minute? How about an equalizer with four minutes to play and a game-winner by a team playing down a man in the 79th minute? After Skutt’s Jake Sievers tied the match with 4:01 to play, South Sioux City flipped the script on last year’s final by getting a goal from freshman defender Jonatan Galvez with 67 seconds to go, lifting South Sioux City to its first state soccer title in program history. It was eerily similar to the match the teams played in 2012 for the state title, with the Cardinals getting the tying goal late and Skutt scoring the winner shortly after.
THEY SAID IT
“It made me feel like I’m a professional.”
— South keeper Sayeg Moreno on playing in front of a record-breaking crowd of 8,200 on Monday night. The attendance figure was almost 1,400 more than any match played at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium. The previous mark was set in a match between CU and Old Dominion in September.