Nachi’s last-minute goal puts East boys into state; ‘… it’s just the best feeling in the world’ | High School Soccer


Welcome to Episode 28 of the Prep Extra Podcast presented by The Lincoln Journal Star.

The big stadium has been very good for the Lincoln High School football teams over the past two days, with the final of the five games at Seacrest Field being by far the most exciting.

Lincoln East junior Aiden Nachi scored the decisive second-half goal just 48 seconds from time to give the No. 7 Spartans a 2-1 win over No. 8 Millard South in Wednesday’s A-5 district championship game to bring.

That ended a stretch of about 30 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday when Lincoln boys’ and girls’ soccer teams won 5-0 combined in district championship games at Seacrest Field.


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In order, the East Girls, Southwest Boys, Southwest Girls, Southeast Girls, and East Boys won district titles to form a state.

The East game also had the best atmosphere, with good student sections from both East and Millard South.

East’s game nearly went into overtime before Nachi scored with a bang bang play in front of goal.

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Nachi won a one-on-one race for a loose ball, dribbled a few times and pulled off a quick shot. The ball hit the goalkeeper’s foot and went into the goal. It was his 18th goal of the season, by far the most for the Spartans.

“Aiden is very, very good in front of goal,” said East coach Colin Smitsek. “He’s very composed and was able to put it away before the goalkeeper could reach it. It was a good little combination.”

After a scoreless first 40 minutes, East took a 1-0 lead when Karter Jeffrey scored with 29 minutes remaining in the second half, putting a shot straight into the left post after a quick breakaway.


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Later in the half, Lincoln East lived on the sidelines for a few minutes as Millard South kept firing off shots. And then the Patriots broke through with the equalizer 13 minutes from time. It was a great goal from a corner kick that was headed straight in front of goal by Ben Menichetti after a good ball from Simon McClannan.

East last made a state in 2019. The Spartans lost 2-1 to Millard West in the District Championship match last year. Nachi would do anything to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

“We were 1-0 up and they equalized it and that just reminded me of that painful feeling of losing the district last year and that really motivated me to play hard and score another goal ‘ Nachy said. “I had all my friends here to watch. They all came out and I couldn’t let them down.”

East (12-3) is on an eight-game winning streak.

“It was a big goal of ours to get that status, so it’s just the best feeling in the world,” Nachi said.

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