Class A’s last two boys state champs were the first two into this year’s tournament as second-ranked Omaha South and No. 4 Omaha Creighton Prep punched tickets with district titles Wednesday evening.
South got a hat trick from Abdi Adan and beat Lincoln Pius X 5-0 to win the A-1 championship. Less than an hour later, it was defending champion Prep, behind two goals each from Duncan McGuire and Kyle Cimino, putting the finishing touches on a 6-1 win over 10th-ranked Millard South in the A-5 final.
“We played very, very well,” Prep co-coach Jim Swanson said. “The guys were attacking, intense and motivated. Very pleased.”
McGuire scored twice in the match’s first seven minutes — his team-leading 19th and 20th of the season — and the Junior Jays never looked back.
Cimino added both of his goals in a 10-minute stretch before halftime. They were the first scores of the season for the senior back.
“He’s dangerous,” Swanson said. “Very tough.”
Prep answered Millard South’s goal in the second half with two more of their own to put the match away.
“We responded when Millard South scored,” Swanson said. “I was happy with that.” The Junior Jays will be playing in their 11th consecutive state tournament. They’ve reached the finals in six of the past seven seasons.
South will be in its ninth straight state tournament. The Packers also wasted little time in getting the offense going Wednesday.
Adan put away a penalty kick in the 15th minute and added another three minutes later. Adan, Omar Fregoso and Carlos Salazar added second-half scores in a span of eight minutes.
Lincoln Pius X (8-8).............0 0—0
At Omaha South (18-1).......2 3—5
Goals: OS, Abdi Adan 3, Omar Fregoso, Carlos Salazar.
Millard South (12-6).......................0 1—1
At Omaha Creighton Prep (16-3)......4 2—6
Goals: MS, Tyson Cooney; OCP, Duncan McGuire 2, Kyle Cimino 2, Nate Franco, Christian Troia.
Championship Thursday: Kearney vs. Millard West, 6 p.m.
Championship Thursday: Omaha Westside vs. Papillion-La Vista South, 5 p.m.
Championship Friday: Lincoln Southwest vs. Omaha Bryan, 7 p.m.
A-6 — Grand Island 1, Lincoln East 0: A second-half skirmish left the Islanders playing a man down, but an Ernesto Gomez goal in the 74th minute led the fifth-ranked Islanders to the district final win over No. 9 Lincoln East. Grand Island (14-4) reached state for the second consecutive season with its seventh win in eight matches.
Championship Thursday: North Platte vs. Lincoln North Star, 7 p.m.
B-1 at Schuyler
Schuyler 2, Elkhorn Mount Michael 1
South Sioux City 5, Blair 2
Championship Thursday: Schuyler vs. South Sioux City, 4:30 p.m.
B-2 at Elkhorn
Championship Thursday: Elkhorn vs. Elkhorn South, 5 p.m.
B-3 at Omaha Skutt
Gretna 4, Ralston 0
Omaha Skutt 2, Omaha Gross 0
Championship Thursday: Gretna vs. Omaha Skutt, 6 p.m.
B-4 at Waverly
Championship Thursday: Nebraska City vs. Waverly, 7 p.m.
B-5 at Doane University
Crete 5, Seward 1
Norris 4, Lincoln Lutheran 0
Championship Thursday: Crete vs. Norris, 7 p.m.
B-6 at Wilderness Park
Columbus 7, Columbus Lakeview 0
Norfolk Lutheran/Catholic 3, Columbus Scotus 2
Championship Thursday: Columbus vs. Norfolk Lutheran/Catholic, 3 p.m.
B-7 at Hastings College
Championship Thursday: Hastings vs. Grand Island Northwest, 7 p.m.
B-8 at Lexington
Lexington 3, Scottsbluff 2
Championship Friday: Millard South vs. Omaha Marian, 5 p.m.
Championship Thursday: Lincoln Southeast vs. Norfolk, 4 p.m.
A-3 — Millard North 9, Grand Island 0: Kelly Elwood had four goals, and Regan Zimmers added two more to pace the No. 2 Mustangs. Millard North will face the winner of Papillion-La Vista South-Bellevue West, a match that was postponed Wednesday with just more than 20 minutes left in the second half and Papio South leading 1-0. That match will resume at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with a championship match slated for Friday.
Championship Friday: Lincoln Southwest vs. Omaha Burke, 5 p.m.
A-5 — Lincoln East 3, Lincoln Northeast 1: Josie Arduser, Kisa Omerovic and Haley Peterson scored for the Spartans, who picked up their ninth win in 10 matches. The victory puts East into Thursday’s 7 p.m. district final against third-ranked Omaha Westside.
A-6 — North Platte 3, Lincoln Pius X 2, OT: A Gracie Haneborg goal in the 92nd minute lifted the Bulldogs to a district championship. The Bulldogs will be making their first state appearance since 2012.
A-7 at Papillion-La Vista South
Championship Friday: Millard West vs. Papillion-La Vista, 4:30 p.m.
Blair 1, Bennington 0, OT
Elkhorn 8, Omaha Concordia 2
Championship Thursday: Blair vs. Elkhorn, 3 p.m.
Omaha Mercy 2, Omaha Duchesne 0
Omaha Roncalli 1, Omaha Gross 0, SO
Championship Thursday: Omaha Mercy vs. Omaha Roncalli, 3 p.m.
Championship Thursday: Elkhorn South vs. Gretna, 7 p.m.
Plattsmouth 1, Nebraska City 0
Championship Thursday: Waverly vs. Plattsmouth, 5 p.m.
Norris 1, Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central 0
Columbus 5, Norfolk Lutheran/Catholic 0
Columbus Scotus 6, Columbus Lakeview 2
Championship Thursday: Columbus vs. Columbus Scotus, 3 p.m.
Championship Thursday: Hastings vs. York, 5 p.m.
Championship Thursday: Gering vs. Kearney Catholic, 6 p.m.
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Creighton Prep goalie Benjamin Knust dives for a ball on a penalty kick that bounces off the top of the goal.
Millard South's Collin Miller and Creighton Prep's Gabriel Van Dyke, right, fight for the ball.
Millard South's Brandon Naidas, left, and Creighton Prep's Patrick Timmerman go up for a header.
Millard South's Anudan Thapa, left looks on as Creighton Prep's Pierce O'Brien kicks the ball.
Creighton Prep's Evan Lounsberry, center, dives for the ball next to Millard South's Anudan Thapa, left.
Creighton Prep plays Millard South.
Creighton Prep's Evan Lounsberry, center, goes up for a header.
Creighton Prep's Luke Waters takes possession of the ball, leaving Millard South's Sharif Ahmadzai, right, on the ground.
Creighton Prep's Duncan McGuire, James Ambrose, Kyle Cimino, and Nathaniel Franco celebrate a goal.
Millard South's Dominic Flores and Creighton Prep's William Reinhart, right, fight for the ball.
Millard South goalie David Fonceca Renteria, center, goes up for the ball.
Millard South reacts to the loss to Omaha Creighton Prep.
Millard South coach Jim Cooney comforts Nolan Hanrahan following the loss.
Creighton Prep's Christian Troia, left, Peter Kouassi, center, and Matthew Anderson celebrate a goal.
Creighton Prep celebrates the win.
Millard South's Jacob Marsh, left and Creighton Prep's Christian Troia fight for the ball.