HASTINGS, Neb. — Jake Sievers isn't playing soccer in college, so he made his last game count.
Sievers, whose Omaha Skutt team was state runner-up in Class B last month, scored a goal and had an assist in helping the South boys team roll to a 4-0 win in the Nebraska Shrine Soccer Classic on Saturday at the Osborne Sports Complex.
“I went out with a bang,” said Sievers, who is going to college at Nebraska.
He also delivered the goal that put momentum firmly in the South's favor. South led 1-0 when Sievers scored 10 seconds before halftime.
“That was huge. Having a 2-0 cushion at halftime was big,” Sievers said. “We knew with two goals, it would be tough for them to come back.”
Especially since the South had two of the state's most successful goalies on its roster.
Skutt's Michael Kluver, who tied the Class B record for shutouts in a season with 13 in 2012, was in goal for the first half. After halftime, he was replaced by Lincoln East's Mike Rilett, who set the state record for career shutouts with 38.
“That's where we thought we had an advantage on them,” said the South's Brock Fitzgerald of Lincoln Pius X.
Rilett secured Saturday's shutout by making a diving stop in the game's final seconds. Before that in the second half, South's offense put the game away.
Papillion-La Vista's Alex Wells scored on a left-footed blast off Sievers' assist with 22:30 left in the game. Nine minutes later, Fitzgerald scored his second goal on the afternoon. He earlier saw another goal wiped out on an offsides penalty.
“We definitely expected it to be a little closer,” said Fitzgerald, who was named the game's most valuable player. “But at the same time, things went our way and we played well on both sides of the ball.”
Wells also finished with a goal and an assist.
North ........................... 0 0—0
South ........................... 2 2—4
Goals: S, Brock Fitzgerald 2, Pius X; Jake Sievers, Skutt; Alex Wells, Papio. Assists: S, Sievers, Wells, Nick Giaffoglione, Millard South.
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