Eighty minutes of frustration for South Sioux City came pouring out in overtime Saturday, giving the Cardinals a chance at a little more redemption.
Class B No. 3 South Sioux City scored 36 seconds into the first overtime and added another pair in the second extra session on its way to a 3-0 win over second-ranked Gretna in the semifinals of the boys state soccer tournament at a windy Morrison Stadium.
The Cardinals advance to Monday's 5 p.m. title game against the same Skutt team that beat them in last year's championship.
“We were just very determined today,” South Sioux City coach Marla Grier said. “The boys really wanted this one.”
Both teams had a chance to score early in the second half, but had the door shut by standout efforts from the other team's keeper.
South Sioux City nearly scored on a runout 30 seconds after the break, but the shot was snuffed out on a diving save by Austin Obermeyer. Gretna's chance came six minutes later when forward Travis Agagah turned and fired a shot that looked destined for the upper left corner of the goal. But Esteban Curiel got a fingertip on it out of nowhere to keep the game scoreless.
South Sioux controlled things from the start of overtime, getting its first goal when Martin Hurtado got his head on a cross from Eduardo Gamboa just 36 seconds in.
Eryc Bravo added another midway through the second overtime on a shot that found its way from the top right corner of the box to the left side of the goal, with a little help from a strong wind. Luis Ramirez chipped in a penalty kick shortly thereafter.
“We knew we had to work harder, move harder,” Grier said, “We had to get something going. We were very frustrated the first 80 minutes.”
Fisch said his team was up against it after the first score in overtime.
“They just struck first, and quickly,” Fisch said. “That just gave them a lot of momentum and confidence. It's tough to come back from that.”
Monday's championship game will be the third for South Sioux City. The Cardinals are seeking their first title.
South Sioux City (15-2) ........ 0 0 1 2—3
Gretna (14-5) ....................... 0 0 0 0—0
Goals: SSC, Martin Hurtado, Eryc Bravo, Luis Ramirez.