The top girls team in the state put an exclamation point on a statement regular season Thursday night.
Top 10 No. 1 Elkhorn South beat second-ranked Marian 2-1, knocking off the two-time defending Class A champ for the second time in just more than two weeks.
“It was kind of the icing on the cake,” Storm coach Lindsay Aliano said of her team’s 14-1 regular season.
Mo Gohr’s goal out of a scrum in the box in the final five minutes was the difference Thursday. It was Gohr’s 17th of the season, tying her for the team lead.
It capped a comeback after Marian took a lead just a few minutes into the match on Alexis Christiansen’s eighth goal of the season.
Elkhorn South evened things just before halftime on Avery Smith’s goal off Aubrey Olson’s assist.
“We actually came out really flat,” Aliano said. “The thing with this team is that they are able to battle back. They’re just a bunch of kids that compete. They’re competitors. It was their desire to win.”
It caps a regular season in which the Storm, Class B’s No. 1 team, racked up 12 wins over Class A teams. Elkhorn South also won the Metro tournament in mid-April in its first season in the conference.
The road to a state title doesn’t get a whole lot easier, though. Next week’s B-3 subdistrict field also features Gretna and Omaha Skutt, two more of the top five in the state.
Marian (14-2), meanwhile, wraps up a regular season with its only losses coming to Elkhorn South. The Crusaders, Class A’s top seed in for next week’s districts, host winless Omaha North on Monday to open the postseason.
Omaha Marian (14-2)......1 0—1
At Elkhorn South (14-1)......1 1—2
Goals: OM, Alexis Christiansen; ES, Avery Smith, Mo Gohr.
Omaha Skutt girls 4, Omaha Roncalli 2
Jenna Hotovy and Laurin Mertz scored second-half goals for Class B No. 3 Omaha Skutt after No. 7 Omaha Roncalli had leveled the match for the second time as the SkyHawks won the River Cities Conference final.
It was just the second loss of the season for Roncalli, with the other also coming to Skutt. The Pride will host a subdistrict tournament next week to open the postseason.
The SkyHawks, meanwhile, won their fourth straight. The two-time defending Class B champs get a shot to avenge their only loss of the season in Tuesday’s opening round of the B-3 subdistrict tournament against second-ranked Gretna.
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