Gretna’s Dave Fisch had a feeling the Nebraska Shrine Soccer Classic boys game would go one of two ways.
“I thought it would be a lot of goals or very few. I knew the teams were really even,” said Fisch, who coached the North team in Saturday afternoon’s game at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium.
It ended up being a defensive struggle. After neither team scored in regulation, the game went to a shootout, which the South won 5-3 to come away with the victory.
“The outcome of the game I thought was fitting,” Fisch said. “It was a close game, a lot of fun. I think the boys put on a great show.”
The North had a goal late in the first half by Omaha Northwest’s Peter Masikini wiped out by an offsides call.
Early in the second half, the South had multiple good scoring chances. That included a shot from the right side by Lexington’s Kevin Andrade, but Papillion-La Vista South goalie Cullen Fisch came up with a diving stop.
Midway through the second, the North’s Jackson Kallman of Gretna had back-to-back scoring chances with headers off corner kicks, but the first try sailed over the crossbar and the second was just wide.
“With all the dangerous shots that were created by both teams, you thought someone was going to finish one. It just didn’t happen,” South coach Scott Koel of Ralston said. “It was back and forth, a lot of dangerous players on both teams. It was fun to have all these kids together playing on one field.”
So after neither team scored in regulation, the match went directly to a shootout.
The South squad, which shot first, made all five of its attempts. The North made three of four — on its second attempt, Lincoln Southwest goalie Matt Hamilton went to his left to block the try by Tyler Krajewski of Papillion-La Vista South.
The shootout ended with Omaha Bryan’s Jose Chavez making his attempt against Fisch. The North goalie, who will play soccer at Fort Hays State next season, guessed correctly on the direction of the kick, but Chavez squeezed his shot just inside the post.
“One save — that was the difference in the game,” Koel said.
Hamilton, who was the South’s goalie during the second half, was named the game’s most valuable player.
» South wins shootout 5-3
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