Published Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm / Updated at 11:12 pm
Junior Jays upend Skutt, Pius X for Cup

On paper, Saturday’s two wins for the state’s top-ranked boys soccer team may not have seemed out of the ordinary.

But the pair of victories for Omaha Creighton Prep to win the St. Ignatius Cup — its own tournament — were anything but ho-hum.

The two-time defending Class A champions beat Class B No. 1 Omaha Skutt 3-0 in the first round, then held off a pesky Lincoln Pius X squad 3-2 in a championship game played in driving snow and cold.

“When we were planning this tournament, we knew very well that we were getting some of the best teams in the state,” Prep co-coach Tom Hoover said. “You could see that today.”

Prep has won 45 of its last 46 matches, a run spanning three seasons. But the last in that string didn’t come easy.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead on Pius midway through the first half on a pair of goals from UNO recruit Mark Moulton, Prep gave one back just 14 seconds after its second score.

Jacob Dougherty got Pius’ first score, and Nick Hinds added the equalizer less than three minutes into the second half.

It remained tied until the 52nd minute, when the Junior Jays’ James Narke headed a pass from Jon Krone in for the game-winner. Prep then played the rest of the way a man down after one of its players was hit with a red card during the celebration of Narke’s goal.

“We showed an unexpected sense of resiliency that we haven’t showed in the past,” Hoover said. “Playing a man down, giving up an equalizer and having to find that next level ... we surprised ourselves a bit with that resolve.”

Moulton, Narke and Adam Kotula scored in the Junior Jays’ win over Skutt, a showdown of the two defending boys state champions.

Pius reached the finals with a 3-0 win over Columbus Scotus. Skutt beat Scotus 2-1 in overtime to win the third-place match.

Lincoln Pius X (1-1) ........................... 1 1—2

Omaha Creighton Prep (3-0) ........................... 2 1—3

Goals: LPX, Jacob Dougherty, Nick Hinds; OCP, Mark Moulton 2, James Narke.

Omaha Skutt (4-1) ........................... 0 0—0

Omaha Creighton Prep (2-0) ........................... 2 1—3

Goals: Mark Moulton, James Narke, Adam Kotula.

Lincoln Pius X (1-0) ........................... 3 0—3

Columbus Scotus (2-2) ........................... 0 0—0

Goals: Nick Pohlen, Eric Pryor, Brock Fitzgerald.

Omaha Skutt (5-1) ........................... 1 0 1 0—2

Columbus Scotus (2-3) ........................... 0 1 0 0—1

Goals: OS, Jared Mertz 2; CS, Cole Harrington.

Westside earns sweep against Lincoln East

Omaha Westside swept a pair of games between ranked teams Saturday, getting wins in both ends of a boys-girls doubleheader.

Mary Novoa converted her penalty kick in the ninth round of shooters to give the third-ranked Warriors girls a 2-1 victory over No. 9 Lincoln East in the first match of the day.

The No. 3 Westside boys, Class A’s runners-up a season ago, got a goal in each half and beat the ninth-ranked Spartans 2-0.

East was again playing without Mike Rilett, one of the top keepers in the state. Rilett injured his shoulder late in the first half of the Spartans’ season opener.

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