Update: Due to wet conditions, Monday's Metro Conference tournament finals have been moved from Millard North to Buell Stadium at Millard South.
The girls championship between Millard North at Omaha Marian will start at 5 p.m., with the Omaha South-Omaha Creighton Prep boys title game to follow (approximately 7 p.m.).
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There won't be many secrets or surprises in Monday's high school girls Metro Conference soccer tournament final.
When top-ranked Omaha Marian and No. 2 Millard North — the championship's host — square off in the 5 p.m. title game, it could be the first of three meetings in nine days between the two favorites in Class A.
They'll meet again Thursday before playing in the Millard South tournament starting next Monday, and they could very well meet in the final two days later.
“You want to play good competition,” Millard North coach John Walsh said. “We're looking forward to the fun ones like this.”
Walsh's team won the first of three matches between the two last year — the regular-season meeting — before Marian took the Metro championship in overtime and the Millard South title.
They were the only three combined losses for either team through the 2012 regular season, and one was the only stain on Marian's state championship run.
“We seem to play each other a lot,” Marian coach Ed Dudley said.
With games like this usually few and far between, Walsh said it typically comes down to who capitalizes.
“It's usually about special players making special plays,” Walsh said. “Whoever makes one usually wins. Both teams have a lot of (special players) on them.”
Millard North forward Rachel Brennan is a Nebraska recruit. Marian's Taylor Saucier is a keeper recruit for Texas A&M. Each senior is accompanied by plenty of other talent, too.
Both teams have been impressive early, too. Millard North has four wins against teams ranked in the top six of Class A (one over No. 3 Papillion-La Vista South, one over No. 4 Lincoln Pius X and two over No. 6 Omaha Westside).
Marian has three — one over Papio South and two against fifth-ranked Millard West.
“We just go, play our butts off and see what happens,” Dudley said “These kids figure it out, it's not me.”
How the Crusaders react to playing on Millard North's field could be important. The Mustangs new turf field is a little smaller than the large, grass field Marian has played each of its first five games on.
“We practice on that field, too,” Dudley said. “What will be important for us is playing for the first time on turf and on a bit of a smaller field. It's just a bit of an adjustment. It takes away some of our speed on the outside.”
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