COUNCIL BLUFFS — Council Bluffs Lewis Central's frustration in tight boys soccer matches continued on Monday.
The Titans dropped to 2-6 in one-goal decisions after a 2-1 loss to Sioux City North in a Class 3-A substate quarterfinal at Titan Field.
North's Simon Moore sent a goal into the upper right corner of the net in the 60th minute for his team, and the Stars thwarted several Titan opportunities down the stretch.
“North is a well-coached team,” Lewis Central coach Sid Leytham said. “Those are two good teams there. In the end, when you give them a couple corners in a row there, they're going to find a way.”
North improved to 8-6 and will play at Thomas Jefferson (6-12) at 5 p.m. Thursday in a semifinal match. The Stars won the regular-season meeting 5-2. Lewis Central closes its season at 8-8.
After spotting North an early goal, Lewis Central tied things when Miguel Ramos scored in the 27th minute on a Ryan Nightser assist. It stayed that way through the intermission, and then the Titans had a great chance to go in front when Ramos was fouled in the box in the 48th minute.
Jerry Orozco took the penalty kick, but junior keeper Elv-Reys Tan made an outstanding diving save to keep things even.
“Our keeper is very good with PKs,” North coach Costa Tsiobanos said. “Whether it's lucky guesses or instinct, whatever you want to call it, he does a fabulous job on them.”
Both coaches said that play flipped the momentum.
“The missed PK took a little bit of wind out of our sails,” Leytham said. “Had we executed and made that goal, I think we probably could have possessed our way through the end of it.”
About 12 minutes later, Moore scored the game-winner.
The Titans will graduate 16 seniors. After exchanging heartfelt hugs with them after the match, Leytham said they will be missed.
“They're all really good kids,” he said. “It's tough. They're not only good kids on the field, all of them are good kids in the school, off the field as well.”
Sioux City North (8-6) ........................... 1 1—2
CB Lewis Central (8-8) ......................... 1 0—1
Goals: SCN, John Enriquez, Simon Moore. LC, Miguel Ramos. Assist: LC, Ryan Nightser.
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