September 1, 2014

Omaha South, South Sioux City claim boys soccer titles

Top-ranked Omaha South beat No. 3 Creighton Prep 1-0 in the Class A boys championship match.  It was in front of a record crowd of 8,200.  Jose Marquez, who had 15 goals on the season, but was hampered by a bad hamstring recently, scored the winning goal with only 5:46 remaining in the 80-minute match. It was the senior forward’s first goal of the tournament.

The last state title for Omaha South in any sport was boys basketball in 1990.Omaha South (23-0) beat Prep for the third time this season.

No. 2 South Sioux City knocked off top-ranked Omaha Skutt 2-1 on Monday for the Cardinals’ first Class B boys state title. With just 67 seconds remaining, freshman defender Jonathan Galvez scored the winning goal.

South Sioux City had to do it without their starting goalie and down a player after the Cardinals received a red card, when goalie Esteban Curiel was ejected for leaving his feet and sliding with his cleats in the air in a collision with Skutt forward Jonathan Plance just outside the penalty area.

With 4:01 remaining, Skutt scored when Jacob Sievers headed in a long throw-in right in front of the net, but South Sioux City scored the winning goal with 67 seconds to play.

In terms of the attendance record, by comparison, the Class A football final between Omaha North and Millard North last fall drew 7,286 fans.