Class A’s top teams got through the season’s opening weekend unbeaten.
Girls No. 1 Omaha Marian came from behind for a 2-1 win over fifth-ranked Omaha Westside, while defending boys champion Kearney outlasted No. 7 Papillion-La Vista South in a shootout.
Both were part of a Saturday that was busier than might have been anticipated earlier in the week.
Weather limited most teams to little practice time outdoors — if any. Marian coach Teresa DeGeorge said Saturday’s match was the first time her side had been on a field with any sort of space.
“It took us a while to get into a rhythm,” she said. “It was rough at the beginning.”
After Westside jumped out to a first-half lead, senior Lily Gonzalez evened things for Marian just before halftime.
Grace Thede produced the winner early in the second half on a pass from Mia McGrath, her second assist of the game.
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“We lacked communication and weren’t connecting passes,” DeGeorge said. “But we had glimpses.”
Marian is scheduled to play eighth-ranked Gretna on Tuesday, but neither team has a field ready to host a match. DeGeorge said both sides are looking into options to make the match happen.
Meanwhile, Kearney did what Kearney does in winning a pair of matches at the Chieftain Invitational.
The Bearcats blanked host Bellevue East 6-0 in the opener behind a pair of goals from Carson Elstemeier and AJ Faz.
They went back to a reliable formula in their second win, getting a pair of saves from senior keeper Jacob Hardy to win the penalty kicks 4-3.
It was Hardy’s fifth straight shutout, dating back to last season’s string of three clean sheets at the state tournament that led Kearney to the Class A title.
The Bearcats are slated to host Class B No. 10 North Platte on Tuesday in their home opener.
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First row: Gwen Lane and Regan Zimmers. Second row: Delaney Gunn, Brian Covarrubias, Lindsey Prokop, Royce Austen, Maddie Smith, Laurin Mertz and Rylie Albers. Third row: Tyler Sanne, Mackenzie Boeve, Emma Wilson, Delaney Stekr, Carlos Salazar, Luka Nedic and Jacob Hardy. Top row: Jonathan Velasquez, Cole Quandt, Novoa, Johan Centeno and Duncan McGuire. Not pictured is Elkhorn's Skylar Heinrich.
Back row from left: Omaha Burke’s Zach Robbins, Elkhorn South’s Hunter Albers, Ralston’s Diego Gutierrez, Omaha South’s Isaac Cruz, Omaha Central’s Jackson Ferris, Fremont’s Nolan Dillon, Omaha Westside’s Jack Finocchiaro, Lincoln North Star’s Jonathan Velasquez, Millard West’s Erik Fahner and Creighton Prep’s Ed Gordon. Bottom, from left: Bellevue West’s Courtney Wallingford, Omaha Marian’s Rachel Johnson, Lincoln Southwest’s Hannah Davis, Millard North’s Bailey Cascio, Omaha Skutt’s Madi McKeever, Millard West’s Sydney Cassalia, Omaha Westside’s Emily Torres, Omaha Marian’s Emma Nelson, Millard South’s Lindsey Prokop, Elkhorn’s Skylar Heinrich. Matt Smith and Kenzie Harte are not pictured.
Back row from left to right: Maddy Henry, Matt Smith, Rachel Johnson, Joe Fehr, Marisa Windingstad, Sydney Cassalia, Jake Bos, Alex Gomez, Charlie Harte, Austin Mishou; Front row from left to right: Brenna Ochoa, Bailey Cascio, Miranda Swift, Ed Gordon, Adam Dejka, Cassie Legband, Alvaro Elizarraga, Hannah Davis, Jack Finocchiaro, Jaylin Bosak are the 2016 All-Nebraska Soccer Team. AJ Wiley and Annie Sullivan are not pictured.
From left to right, Abby Meader, Isaac Armstrong, Vince Nolette, Emily Romero, Michelle Xiao, Angel Jacinto, Alvaro Elizarraga, Marisa Windingstad, Jake Kennedy, Nick Scalora, Maddy Henry, Margaret Begley, Cassie Legband, Sydney Cassalia, Brenna Ochoa, Alec Foltz, Cullen Fisch, Connor Tupper, Jordan Cahill, Susie Dineen and Carsen Lundgren are the 2015 All-Nebraska Soccer Team. AJ Wiley is not pictured.
Back row, from left, Holly Hild, Abby Meader, Elmer Garcia, Paige Phipps, Nick Hinds, Megan McCashland, Jonah Garbin, Madison Henry. Front row, from left, Peter Schropp, Faith Carter, Hannah Schafers, Damien Austen, Justin Wiley, Michelle Xiao, Sarah Woelfel, Chase McCann, Landon Sibole (kneeling), James Narke (sitting), Quinn Nelson. Not pictured: Hannah Davis.
Back row, from left, Abby Meader, Allison Key, Mark Moulton, Megan McCashland, Rachel Brennan, Brock Fitzgerald, Abel Alvarado, Ali Sodal, Taylor Saucier, Michael Kluver, Landon Sibole, Jordan Cassalia. Front row, left to right, Damien Austen, Lucas Venegas, Eduardo Gamboa, Michael Jaime, Emily Roll, Michelle Xiao, Sarah Woelfel, Alex Prusa, Liz Bartels, Maddie Elliston.
Honorary team captains Jackie Tondl of Omaha Marian and Mark Moulton of Omaha Creighton Prep.
Honorary team captains Logan Mendez of Grand Island and Rachel Brennan of Millard North.
Honorary team captains Omaha South's Manuel Lira and Omaha Skutt's Mayme Conroy.
Honorary team captains Molly Thomas of Millard North and Devon Strecker of Millard South.