An opportunistic first-half score and an opening burst to the second half proved to be more than enough Thursday night for Omaha South.
The Class A No. 3 Packers put their only shot on goal in the first 40 minutes in the back of the net, then tacked on two more in the first six minutes after halftime on their way to a 3-0 win over South Sioux City, Class B’s top-ranked team.
Sophomore Aaron Rodriguez scored his second goal in as many matches in the 12th minute on a blast from distance.
But South coach Joe Maass said his team “let up a little bit” after the score.
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“We talked at halftime about how we needed to come out and raise our intensity,” Maass said.
The Packers wasted little time putting that plan into action.
Midfielder Luka Nedic made a skillful run and found junior Omar Fregoso on a cross that Fregoso put away for a goal in the opening minute of the second half. Abdi Adan added another five minutes later on a loose-ball blast in the box.
Maass said he’s seen his team take some steps early on this season.
Thursday’s win was South’s second against a Top 10 foe in three nights — the Packers blanked seventh-ranked Papillion-La Vista South on Tuesday.
It was a make-up of a canceled match from last weekend. Maass said the extra practice time has helped his team round into form.
“It’s kind of allowed us to see that there are younger players that we can fit in,” he said. “We’re younger, but we have more options.”
They’ll get another challenge on Saturday with a road trip to fifth-ranked Grand Island on the schedule.
South Sioux City, which had its first four matches of the season called off because of weather, has a pair of tests over the next week.
The defending Class B champs are slated to host Class B No. 3 Omaha Gross on Tuesday before visiting Omaha Creighton Prep, Class A’s second-ranked team, on Thursday.
South Sioux City (0-1).........0 0—0
At Omaha South (2-0).........1 2—3
Goals: OS, Aaron Rodriguez, Omar Fregoso, Abdi Adan.
Millard North girls 1, Lincoln Southwest 0
Senior Kelly Elwood scored midway through the first half, and Class A No. 3 Millard North made it stand up in a 1-0 win over fifth-ranked Lincoln Southwest.
Gracie Schweers got the shutout in goal for the defending state champion Mustangs, who improved to 2-0 on the season.
Lincoln Southwest (1-1)..........0 0—0
At Millard North (2-0).............1 0—1
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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.