Class A No. 2 Omaha South continued its hot streak to begin the season Tuesday night, beating sixth-ranked Papillion-La Vista South 2-0 at Collin Stadium on a night where you could see your breath from the start.
It was the fifth shutout in six tries for the unbeaten Packers, who also have wins over three teams in the Class B ratings and two just outside the Top 10 in Class A.
“I thought our offensive opportunities were better,” South coach Joe Maass said. “I was happy with that.”
The defensive effort wasn’t too shabby, either. South held Papio South without a shot for the better part of the first half, and only allowed four by the Titans for the entire match.
The Packers got all the scoring they’d need on a scramble in the 22nd minute. Senior Emiliano Jacinto tapped in a loose ball in front of an empty net for South’s first goal.
Teammate Michael Jaime added another just more than 10 minutes later on a left-footed rocket from an angle on the left side.
Jaime, an All-Nebraska defender, has been an important part of the offense early in the season, too.
“We’ve been seeing 4-5-1 (formations) all year,” Maass said. “We change things up quite a bit. He’s scored a lot of goals for us.”
In between South’s scores, Packers keeper Sayeg Moreno made a leaping save on Papio South’s first shot and best opportunity of the night to keep his team ahead.
“They don’t give you too many chances,” Papio South coach Dave Lawrence said. “When they do, you have to take advantage of them, and we didn’t do that.”
South outshot the Titans 27-4 for the match, controlling most of the action on its offensive side of the field.
Maass’ group has now outscored its opponents 31-1 through the first six games of the season.
“We had some holes to fill and we’re still moving things around quite a bit,” the South coach said. “It’s a good group of kids that seems to have a good handle on things.”
Papillion-La Vista South (4-2) .......... 0 0—0
At Omaha South (6-0) ..................... 2 0—2
Goals: Emiliano Jacinto, Michael Jaime.
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