The South squad’s offense kept getting turned away during the girls game at the Nebraska Soccer Shrine Classic.
But with less than seven minutes left, Abby Meader of Lincoln Southwest converted a 2-on-1 chance, and that was enough to give the South a 1-0 win Saturday at Morrison Stadium.
“I thought eventually we’d get a goal because we had so many opportunities,” Meader said. “I didn’t think I would get it. I thought one of our other forwards would get it.”
The South had 12 shots on goal compared to the North’s four. Michelle Xiao of Omaha Westside and Platteview’s Whitney Pratt had scoring chances in both halves for the South, but the North defense, led by goalkeeper Allie Prososki of Kearney Catholic, kept the game scoreless until the closing minutes.
That’s when the South’s Carly Janike of Lincoln East controlled the ball near the top of the penalty box before slipping a pass to Meader. Meader kept her shot low and found the back of the net with 6:45 to play.
That was the only shot that eluded Prososki, who made 11 saves. That included a couple of diving stops on shots from Xiao, a Stanford recruit.
“I don’t know how many shots they had, but I thought we stepped up (defensively) the whole game,” said Prososki, who will play basketball at the University of Nebraska at Kearney next season. “In an all-star game, everyone’s good, so you have to step up.”
While Prososki faced consistent pressure, the North had only two shots until the final two minutes — and they nearly tied it up.
The North’s Faith Carter of Omaha Marian had her shot with two minutes left carom off the crossbar and the North took another shot off the rebound, but South goalie Kerlin Cisneros of Omaha Bryan made the save. That was the North’s last scoring chance.
Meader was named the game’s most valuable player for her goal.
“It’s an honor,” said Meader, who will play at UNO next season. “Playing in this game is so much fun, and it’s for a good cause.”
Goal: S, Abby Meader (Lincoln Southwest).
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