A second-half flurry made for the perfect Storm Thursday night.
Class B No. 2 Elkhorn South scored all five goals after halftime, blitzing defending Class A champion Millard North 5-0.
The Storm found the back of the net less than a minute after the break, once more near the midway point and three times in the final 10 minutes.
“That was crazy,” Elkhorn South coach Lindsay Aliano said. “We made some changes in the second half, and off they went.”
Forward Mo Gohr had a hand in the first three scores, assisting on the first and putting the next two away herself.
The junior took the opening kick of the second half and dribbled into the teeth of the Millard North defense before finding Avery Smith on the back post for a quick score.
Gohr tallied her sixth and seventh goals of the season later in the half, the latter with just more than 10 minutes to play. It was her third straight multigoal match.
Halle Gleckler and Jordan Vanderloo tacked on insurance scores in the final four minutes, handing the third-ranked Mustangs what is believed to be the most lopsided loss in program history.
“I think it boosted the girls’ confidence a lot,” Aliano said. “They just really showed them that they can do this and that they can beat really good teams.”
Millard North coach James Abueg said it was a bit of a reality check for his team.
“I told the girls they were going to come out ready in the second half, and they did,” Abueg said. “We just came out flat.”
His group won’t be able to dwell on the loss for long. A Monday night tilt with top-ranked Omaha Marian is the first of what could be four games in five days for the Mustangs.
Thursday’s match was the start to a brutal stretch on the schedule for Elkhorn South, too. Six of the Storm’s final eight regular-season matches are against ranked foes, including a Saturday showdown with defending Class B champion and crosstown rival Elkhorn.
And that doesn’t include a Metro conference tournament that features six of the top 10 teams in Class A.
“We have some young, young girls playing for us,” Aliano said. “Two freshmen started for us tonight. I think it’s just taken us a little time to get comfortable.”
Millard North (3-1)..............0 0—0
At Elkhorn South (4-1)........0 5—5
Goals: ES, Avery Smith, Mo Gohr 2, Halle Gleckler, Jordan Vanderloo.
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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.