The Lexington vs. Omaha Skutt state championship Class B boys soccer game from a hill at Creighton University on Wednesday. Omaha Skutt won the title 3-1.
Two nights of soccer at Omaha Skutt over the weekend put the finishing touches on the high school season.
Four matches as part of the Nebraska High School Senior Showcase concluded Saturday with the Class A boys match, when Gretna’s Patrick Long scored a pair of goals and took home MVP honors in his team’s 4-3 shootout win.
Earlier in the evening, it was future Nebraska teammates Sarah Weber of Gretna and Briley Hill of Lincoln East, a pair of All-Nebraska first-team picks, each scoring as part of a 4-2 victory in the Class A girls match.
Class B matches were played Friday night, with a pair of All-Nebraska selections leading their teams to wins.
Lexington’s Junior Casillas had a hat trick in a 4-0 win in the boys contest to net MVP honors. Cece Behrens of Skutt and Ralston’s Carmen Dudley each tallied a pair of goals in their team's 4-2 win on the girls side. Casillas and Behrens were the captains of their respective Class B all-state teams.
All-Nebraska girls soccer first team
Sarah Weber, Gretna (captain)
In a record-breaking senior campaign, she set the Class A standard for goals in a season. The last of her 48 scores gave her 100 for her three-year career. The Nebraska recruit had two or more goals in 15 of 22 matches, including eight hat tracks, the last of which came in an opening-round win at the state tournament.
Allie Napora, Papillion-La Vista South
The Nebraska recruit missed more than a month of the season with a pair of broken bones in her wrist. Napora picked right up where she left off in her first match back, scoring three times in an opening-round loss at the state tournament. Her 21 goals were a team high.
Kayma Carpenter, Lincoln East
The sophomore burst onto the scene with a school-record 31 goals in her debut season. Of the 13 matches in which she scored, Carpenter tallied two or more in all but one. Included in that were a pair in the Spartans' state tourney opener.
Cece Behrens, Omaha Skutt
A switch from the midfield to the front set up what would become a record-breaking season for the UNO recruit. Her 39 goals set a new single-season standard for Skutt. She scored 12 times in six postseason matches, helping the SkyHawks to the Class B title.
Briley Hill, Lincoln East
Half of East’s future Husker tandem, Hill finished with 16 goals and a team-leading 10 assists. She scored in six straight matches down the stretch, with two or more in four of those contests. Included in that was a hat trick in the Spartans' district championship win.
Sena Ahovissi, Millard North
It wasn’t the numbers that stood out for the UNO recruit, though her 18 goals were tied for the team lead. Ahovissi gave the Mustangs a scoring presence up top that other teams had to honor. She found the back of the net twice against Omaha Marian in the state semifinals.
Savannah DeFini, Gretna
Another record breaker on a team that was historically productive on offense. She tied the Class A mark with eight goals in a mid-April match, one of three multi-score efforts on the season. The last of her 24 goals was the winner in the Dragons’ state championship triumph.
Haley Peterson, Lincoln East
With a pair of goals in the Spartans’ state tournament opener and a highlight-reel free kick for a score in the semifinals, the Nebraska recruit had a couple of coaches around the state wondering if she was the top player in the class. She finished with 15 goals and eight assists for the season.
Taylor Daffer, Gretna
The champs didn’t just score goals well, they defended against them too. And Daffer, a Creighton recruit, was a major reason why. The senior gave the Dragons a physical presence in the back, and was a part of 15 shutouts on the season. She also tallied the winning penalty kick in a shootout victory in the state semifinals.
Jenna Hotovy, Omaha Skutt
Part of the top defense in the state, the South Dakota State recruit anchored a unit that conceded just five goals all season. That was a school record, and just one goal away from tying the Class B mark. Hotovy was also a force in the SkyHawk attack, scoring three goals for the champions.
Abby Orr, North Platte
In just her second season between the pipes, Orr helped guide the Bulldogs to the state tournament. Her 21 saves in a shootout loss to Omaha Marian in the opening round were part of 202 on the season, second most in Class A. She’ll play softball at Tennessee-Chattanooga.