No shootout was needed this time.
Senior forward Josh Schmiesing scored in the first overtime, and Papillion-La Vista South beat Omaha Central 1-0 in the opening round of the District A-3 tournament at Omaha Westside.
Schmiesing’s heroics helped the Titans avenge a pair of shootout losses to Central earlier in the season and pushed his team into Thursday’s 5 p.m. district final against top-ranked Omaha Westside, a 9-0 winner over Omaha Benson earlier in the evening.
“We needed that one,” Papio South coach Dave Lawrence said. “We were not ready to end our season. In the end there it came down to heart.”
After a scoreless regulation, it appeared that the two might be headed to a third shootout in less than six weeks.
But Schmiesing’s goal — his seventh of the season — in the 84th minute changed all of that.
“We’re about as even as it gets,” Lawrence said. “If we played them 20 times we’d go to 15 shootouts.”
Another challenge awaits Thursday in Westside. It will be a match with a state tournament berth on the line.
“That’s a state championship type team,” Lawrence said, “but anything can happen if we can come out and play as hard as we did tonight.”
Papillion-La Vista South (9-7).....0 0 1 0 - 1
Omaha Central (8-9)...................0 0 0 0 - 0
Goals: PLVS, John Schmiesing.
Omaha Westside 9, Omaha Benson 0: Sam Mormino had a hat trick and keeper Griffin Trude registered his 14th shutout.
A-1 AT OMAHA SOUTH
Omaha South 11, Omaha North 1: Ten players scored goals for second-ranked South, with Carlos Salazar getting a pair. The Packers advance to Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. championship match to face Lincoln Pius X.
Lincoln Pius X 2 , Millard North 0: Bede Fulton and Nolan Lyons each scored for the Thunderbolts.
A-5 AT OMAHA CREIGHTON PREP
Omaha Creighton Prep 2, Bellevue East 0: Duncan McGuire scored his team-leading 18th of the season to lift fourth-ranked Prep. The Junior Jays will face Millard South at 5 p.m. Wednesday for the district crown.
Millard South 3, Omaha Burke 1, OT: Collin Miller and Sharif Ahmadzai scored overtime goals to lead Class A No. 10 Millard South.
A-6 AT GRAND ISLAND
Grand Island 7, Omaha Northwest 0: Najib Omar notched a hat trick, and the fifth-ranked Islanders advanced to Wednesday’s 7 p.m. championship match.
A-6 AT SEACREST FIELD
Lincoln East 1, Lincoln Southeast 0: Jordan Stoehr’s goal on a free kick midway through the second half stood up as the winner for East. The Spartans will face Grand Island for the district crown.
A-1 AT OMAHA MARIAN
Millard South 2, Lincoln North Star 1, SO: The Class A No. 9 Patriots won 4-3 in the shootout to move in to a 5 p.m. district final Wednesday against top-ranked Omaha Marian.
Omaha Marian 10, Omaha North 0: Grace Crockett scored two goals and had two assists, and teammate Delaney Stekr added a pair of goals to lead the two-time defending champion Crusaders.
A-2 AT SEACREST FIELD
Lincoln Southeast 10, Omaha Bryan 0: Izzy Dragoo had two goals and three assists for the Knights, who advanced to Wednesday title match against Norfolk at 5 p.m. Norfolk beat Kearney 1-0.
A-4 AT BEECHNER FIELD
Lincoln Southwest 10, Omaha Benson 0: Gwen Lane had a hat trick for fifth-ranked Southwest. The Silver Hawks will take on No. 10 Omaha Burke in a 5 p.m. Wednesday district final.
Omaha Burke 1, Omaha Central 0, SO: Junior keeper Holli Knudsen came up with three saves as the Bulldogs won the shootout 3-0 to advance.
A-6 AT NORTH PLATTE
North Platte 8, Fremont 0: Six players scored, and Leslie Borges registered the shutout for the Bulldogs, who will face Lincoln Pius X at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the district title.
Lincoln Pius X 2, Lincoln High 1: Julia Suelter and Brylie Meyer had goals for the Thunderbolts.
A-7 AT PAPILLION-LA VISTA SOUTH
Papillion-La Vista 9, Bellevue East 0: Chloe Dietz, Lexi Kajdasz and Brooklyn Scanlon each scored a pair of goals for No. 7 Papillion-La Vista. The Monarchs will face Millard West in Wednesday’s 5 p.m. championship match.
Millard West 4, Omaha South 0: Chaise Pfanstiel, Nicole Gornell, Ashley Atkinson and Maddie Lecuona had goals for the sixth-ranked Wildcats.