A midseason humbler was all that stood between Lincoln Southwest’s boys soccer team and an unbeaten regular season.

Now the Class A No. 3 Silver Hawks are hoping that those lessons learned can help extend their season beyond this week’s district tournament.

“We just kind of lost our focus for 10 minutes that day,” Southwest coach Derek Scheich said of a 3-0 loss to Kearney in late March, the lone stain on a 13-1 regular season. “They took the loss like young men and then worked to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

And it hasn’t.

Scheich’s bunch has run off eight straight victories since then, winning both a Heartland Athletic Conference tournament title and a city championship.

“I think we rebounded nicely from that midseason loss,” Scheich said. “We dealt with some personnel changes, but one of the strengths of our squad this season has been our depth.”

That’s been tested down the stretch after junior Luke Monson broke a foot in the HAC final. The void left by the Lincoln East transfer has been filled by committee, Scheich said.

“I know it’s cliché, but the motto has been ‘next man up,’ ” he said. “Guys have stepped up.”

Southwest opens play in the A-4 district Tuesday with a 5 p.m. match against Lincoln Northeast, a team the Silver Hawks have beaten 2-0 and 2-1 this season.

A third win over the Rockets would put Southwest into Thursday’s 5 p.m. final against the winner of the other opening round match between Bellevue West and Omaha Bryan.

Seven district winners and one wild card recipient will comprise next week’s state tournament, a field that Southwest is hoping to join again after a two-year absence.

And there’s a blueprint of sorts to do just that.

The 2014 Silver Hawk championship team also lost only once — and also midway through the season — before winning 11 in a row to finish off the program’s lone state title.

Scheich admitted that a chance to refocus may have been the best thing for this year’s version of the Silver Hawks, too. Southwest had won its first six of the season, three over ranked teams.

“Sometimes (early success) can maybe give you a false sense of security,” he said. “There’s a lot of pressure when you’re undefeated. No one wants to talk about it — it’s kind of like a no-hitter. I think that pressure builds to maintain that.”

But from this point forward, a loss could mean the end of the season.

“We’re ready for that,” Scheich said. “We’re excited about the postseason.”

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