An opportunistic first-half score and an opening burst to the second half proved to be more than enough Thursday night for Omaha South.
The Class A No. 3 Packers put their only shot on goal in the first 40 minutes in the back of the net, then tacked on two more in the first six minutes after halftime on their way to a 3-0 win over South Sioux City, Class B’s top-ranked team.
Sophomore Aaron Rodriguez scored his second goal in as many matches in the 12th minute on a blast from distance.
But South coach Joe Maass said his team “let up a little bit” after the score.
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“We talked at halftime about how we needed to come out and raise our intensity,” Maass said.
The Packers wasted little time putting that plan into action.
Midfielder Luka Nedic made a skillful run and found junior Omar Fregoso on a cross that Fregoso put away for a goal in the opening minute of the second half. Abdi Adan added another five minutes later on a loose-ball blast in the box.
Maass said he’s seen his team take some steps early on this season.
Thursday’s win was South’s second against a Top 10 foe in three nights — the Packers blanked seventh-ranked Papillion-La Vista South on Tuesday.
It was a make-up of a canceled match from last weekend. Maass said the extra practice time has helped his team round into form.
“It’s kind of allowed us to see that there are younger players that we can fit in,” he said. “We’re younger, but we have more options.”
They’ll get another challenge on Saturday with a road trip to fifth-ranked Grand Island on the schedule.
South Sioux City, which had its first four matches of the season called off because of weather, has a pair of tests over the next week.
The defending Class B champs are slated to host Class B No. 3 Omaha Gross on Tuesday before visiting Omaha Creighton Prep, Class A’s second-ranked team, on Thursday.
South Sioux City (0-1).........0 0—0
At Omaha South (2-0).........1 2—3
Goals: OS, Aaron Rodriguez, Omar Fregoso, Abdi Adan.
Millard North girls 1, Lincoln Southwest 0
Senior Kelly Elwood scored midway through the first half, and Class A No. 3 Millard North made it stand up in a 1-0 win over fifth-ranked Lincoln Southwest.
Gracie Schweers got the shutout in goal for the defending state champion Mustangs, who improved to 2-0 on the season.
Lincoln Southwest (1-1)..........0 0—0
At Millard North (2-0).............1 0—1
Goals: MN, Kelly Elwood.