One down, No. 1 to go for Millard North.
The Class A No. 4 Mustangs got a goal on a penalty kick from senior Kelly Elwood to knock off 10th-ranked Millard South 1-0 Thursday in the opening round of the Metro Conference girls soccer tournament.
The win moves the defending state champions into a quarterfinal throwdown with another cross-town rival — top-ranked Millard West — on Friday at 6 p.m.
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“I would say we put together a complete game finally,” Millard North coach James Abueg said. “We’re hoping that translates well for us tomorrow.”
Elwood’s score, her fourth goal of the year, came after a handling was called inside the box near the midway point of the first half. She deposited the ensuing penalty kick into the right side of the goal past Millard South keeper Maddie Smith.
It was enough to lift the Mustangs to the win, ending a two-game skid. In both of those losses — to Top 10 No. 4 Elkhorn South and second-ranked Omaha Marian — Millard North was either tied or leading at halftime.
“I thought we rebounded and came out and played,” Abueg said.
It was an important win against a Millard South bunch that had knocked off Elkhorn South earlier this week, he added.
“It allows us to kind of refocus and get back on track,” Abueg said. “I think it’s one of those things that can get us going again.”
Millard South (2-4).............0 0—0
At Millard North (4-2).........1 0—1
Omaha Westside boys 1, Millard West 0
Senior Ethan Goldner scored in the 65th minute to lift Class A No. 9 Omaha Westside to the win over 10th-ranked Millard West. The Warriors advance to Friday’s 7 p.m. boys quarterfinal to face fourth-ranked Omaha Central, a 2-1 overtime winner over Elkhorn South on Thursday.
The Eagles got a goal from Anthony Gallardo in the second extra session to remain unbeaten on the season. Central beat Westside 2-0 when the teams faced off last month. Friday’s winner will advance to a Saturday semifinal against the winner of Omaha South-Omaha Bryan.
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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.