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Shaafici Mohamed, right, and South Sioux City will take on No. 1 Elkhorn South in the Class B final

Can the sequel top the original in the Class B boys final?

Top-ranked Elkhorn South and No. 4 South Sioux City are going to find out Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Morrison Stadium.

The two put on a show in last year’s title match, a 3-2 overtime win for Elkhorn South in which the Storm rallied from a pair of deficits before scoring in the second extra session to hoist the hardware despite being outshot 28-8 on the night.

“We should have had a better outcome,” South Sioux City coach Lupe Gonzalez said, “but unfortunately that’s not how it always goes. Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way.”

Gonzalez said his team left that match knowing they had done what they could. He called it the Cardinals’ best match of the year.

“We couldn’t have played a better game,” he said. “Nothing could have been done any different.”

That didn’t mean it didn’t hurt, though. Gonzalez said his team adopted an “unfinished business” mentality this season.

“You can’t really put that away and let it go,” Gonzalez said. “That would be a lie. So you use some of that motivation.”

They looked like a team on a mission through their first two matches at state.

Consecutive 1-0 wins over sixth-ranked Schuyler and No. 3 Gretna put the Cardinals back in a title game for the fourth straight time they’ve been in the Class B field. The Cardinals won the title in 2013.

Despite those narrow wins, Elkhorn South coach Jon Schaad knows his group will get the best South Sioux City has to offer on Tuesday night.

And you can bet last year’s match has something to do with that, he added.

“We know that they’re going to have guys that are very talented on the ball and that they’re going to be dangerous in and around the final third,” Schaad said. “They’ve got some very talented players and they’re coached very well. So it’s going to be a challenge for sure. I know our boys will be up for it.”

The Storm needed overtime to get past eighth-ranked Crete 2-0 in the opening round, then took out No. 2 Omaha Skutt 1-0 in the semifinals.

After going 20-0 a year ago, Elkhorn South is unbeaten in six matches against Class B competition this season. A slate primarily featuring Class A opponents prepared the Storm for the postseason, Schaad said.

“I think playing those Class A teams helped them realize that we could play with the best in the state,” he said. “The boys have responded well to the challenge of our schedule.”

Gonzalez said his Cardinals will need to capitalize on opportunities to leave Morrison Stadium with a win Tuesday.

“We just have to put it away,” he said. “Against Elkhorn South, if you have a chance, you better put it away.”

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No. 1 Elkhorn South (14-6) vs. No. 4 South Sioux City (16-5), 5 p.m.: 

The top two teams in the preseason ratings — South Sioux City No. 1, Elkhorn South No. 2 — are the last two standing. They’re near mirror images of each other. South Sioux City is solid all over the field, but exceptional from the middle back. The same can be said for Elkhorn South. Junior keeper Parker Lundgren came up big for the Storm while under siege in overtime of last year’s championship match. Both sides may be playing their best soccer of the season right now, too. South Sioux has won eight of its last nine. Elkhorn South has earned results in six straight. Combined they’ve outscored opponents 22-3 in the postseason. Last year’s final was a classic with a pair of equalizers and an overtime winner. Don’t expect five goals again, though — neither team has a double-digit scorer. Every inch will get earned. Elkhorn South is playing with that champion’s swagger. But South Sioux City has a chip on its shoulder and the look of a winner.

Rubek's pick: South Sioux City 1, Elkhorn South 0, OT