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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A collision course that the top teams in boys high school soccer have seemed to be on since the season opened comes to fruition Monday night.
Omaha Creighton Prep and Omaha South have ended each other's seasons at the last three state tournaments.
They've been Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, through the first three weeks of the season. Combined they are 20-0 and are averaging 5.5 goals per match.
And they'll be on the same field at 7 p.m. Monday night at Millard North with a Metro title on the line.
“I think certainly over the last two years the two of us have been two of the main challengers in the state,” Prep co-coach Jim Swanson said. “I think there's been a great rivalry between Prep and South soccer. The rivalry is intense. Both schools are passionate about their teams.”
Both fan bases have had plenty to be passionate about lately. The Junior Jays have won the last two state titles, winning 51 of their past 52 matches along the way.
Prep's last two losses — in the semifinals at state in 2010 and last year in the regular season — have come to South. The latter came the same day one publication moved Prep to the No. 1 spot in the national rankings.
None of those matches matter Monday night, though, in the second meeting between Prep and South in a Metro final in the last three years.
“We're just going to run what we run,” South coach Joe Maass said. “If it doesn't work we'll make adjustments.”
That was the case in the Packers' semifinal win against Papillion-La Vista South. Maass' group was locked in a scoreless tie well into the second half before erupting for an 8-1 win.
South's Michael Jaime, typically a defender, has moved around in two Metro tournament games and has netted five goals.
The Packers have scored at least seven times in each of their last five matches, though only one team in that stretch is .500 or better this season.
That kind of scoring punch isn't lost on Swanson.
“We have to be very aware of that,” he said. “We've been scored on a few times this year, so we'll certainly take their ability to score into consideration.”
Prep is no slouch offensively, either. The Junior Jays' attack features UNO recruit Mark Moulton at forward and Creighton recruit Alex Prusa at midfielder. Moulton scored twice in the tournament opener and Prusa matched that in Junior Jays' 3-1 semifinal win against No. 9 Millard West.
Of Prep's nine wins, four have come against teams in the Class A ratings and another was over Class B's No. 1 team, Omaha Skutt.
A regular-season meeting between Prep and South is scheduled for April 23. It's part of a five-match stretch to the end the season for Prep that also includes last year's runner-up, Omaha Westside, a trip to third-ranked and unbeaten Grand Island and a road game at West Des Moines Dowling, annually one of the better teams in Iowa.
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