It took more than 80 minutes, but Class A’s defending girls champion got on the board Thursday evening.
And in more ways than one.
Top-ranked Omaha Marian scored in the first overtime and held on for a 1-0 victory over No. 6 Papillion-La Vista South.
The season-opener for the Crusaders finally broke their way in the extra session. Senior Gini Yost, a DePaul recruit, scored midway through the initial overtime to put Omaha Marian up, and Texas A&M recruit Taylor Saucier finished off the shutout.
Yost’s score came after Marian failed to convert on a number of opportunities.
“We missed on some chances,” Marian coach Ed Dudley said. “We had trouble finishing. I was impressed with everything else, except for the scoreboard.”
It was the 11th consecutive shutout for the Crusaders, dating back to last season. After losing a talented class that won a pair of state titles, Dudley said this year’s team may give that group a run for its money.
“We lost some key players, but these kids all step up,” Dudley said. “With these kids, there’s not much to do. They know how to play. You just have to get them ready.”
Papio South, which had upset fourth-ranked Millard West in its season-opener earlier this week, fell to 1-1 on the season.
“They’re a tough team,” Titans coach Melissa Ingwerson said. “They’re physically strong, they’re technically skilled. They’re just a talented team all over the field. They’re legit.”
Papillion-La Vista South ........................... 0 0 0 0—0
At Omaha Marian ........................... 0 0 1 0—1
G: OM, Gini Yost.