Brenna Ochoa, Millard West: The freshman’s game-winner came in the first half of third-ranked Millard West’s 1-0 win over No. 2 Millard North and gave the Wildcats their third state title since 2007. Ochoa was one of eight freshmen on Millard West’s roster. Megan Merkel, another first-year player, had scored the tying goal in the Wildcats’ semifinal win over Marian to help avenge the only two losses of the season for Millard West.
Omaha Skutt 3, Elkhorn South 2, SO: It had a little bit of everything. Elkhorn South got a goal in the 78th minute when a Skutt clearing attempt went off the face of Carsen Lundgren and in for a score. The SkyHawks got the equalizer with 34.5 seconds to play when Marquette recruit Liz Bartels put a free kick on goal from 30 yards out that went off the hands of Storm keeper Jordan Thiem and in for a score. South had more chances to win it, but Skutt had the better opportunities. One particular shot hit the right post, then rode the goal line to the left post before bouncing out. Skutt made all five attempts in the shootout to seal the win, its fourth state title in five years.
THEY SAID IT
“I thought both teams had enough offensive power. I guess both teams have pretty solid defenses, too.”
— Millard North coach John Walsh when asked if he thought one goal would be enough to win Tuesday night. The Mustangs had scored 35 goals in their previous six games.