Class A girls soccer: Kort scores twice (including a 30-yarder) as Southwest rolls in rivalry game | High School Soccer

OMAHA — An All-Lincoln matchup in the first round of the girls’ Class A state soccer tournament went to Lincoln Southwest in dominating fashion.

The No. 4 Silver Hawks scored twice in the second half to defeat No. 5 Lincoln East 3-0 at Morrison Stadium on Monday.

The Silver Hawks play No. 1 Gretna in the semifinals on Friday afternoon. Southwest last reached the state semifinals in 2018.

After Southwest only squeaked 1-0 to East in one regular-season game, a 3-0 result in the state’s first round was a dominating performance.

“As a rival, we always wanted to win,” said Southwest student Charley Kort, who scored two goals. “Knowing it was going to be a tough game the first time, we wanted to do it the second time too.”

Kort opened the opening goal in the 28th minute with a deep shot from around 30 meters that floated high into the far corner of the goal.

“I just knew I had the time and space to shoot and I knew the goalie was further out during the game,” Kort said. “So I decided to have one and test it early.”

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In the second half, the Silver Hawks made it 2-0 with about 26 minutes remaining, scored by junior Jillian Lane. She was able to move through the defense without having the ball taken away from her and scored with a shot from around 15 yards.

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18 minutes before the end, Kort scored again with a penalty to make it 3-0.

Southwest led in shots 12-8. Southwest coach Thomas Nettleton was impressed with the Hawks’ performance on the hottest day of the season. The temperature was in the 90’s.

“I thought our central midfield in grueling conditions – it was basically like dropping a World Cup team in Qatar and saying ‘good luck’ without preparation,” Nettleton said. “That’s why I’m just super proud of what we’ve achieved. These ladies are giants. You are just that good.”

Lincoln East forward Kayma Carpenter is one of the top players in the state with 22 goals scored this season, but Southwest’s defense choked the Nebraska recruit.

“Lincoln vs. Lincoln, there’s not one player that surprises you in any way,” Nettleton said. “They know each other’s proclivities and talk to each other to make sure the place is taken away. Don’t get me wrong, (Carpenter is) an exceptional player. She’s very, very talented. The girls in Green (Southwest) just wanted it a little bit more. So they put their bodies in tackles and did the extra to make sure they couldn’t have good angles. You just didn’t give them anything.”

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Southwest goaltender Alexa Gobel made six saves, including a key save that she smashed over the goal about 12 minutes from time.

“If (Gobel) just plays, she’s next level,” Nettleton said. “You saw it today. I never thought a shot would be dangerous.”

Gretna 2, Elkhorn South 1: Top-ranked Gretna weathered fears of progressing Monday in the first round with an overtime win over No. 8 Elkhorn South.

The Dragons scored the winning goal three minutes into 20-minute overtime. London Defini scored the winning goal from the penalty spot after Elkhorn South had a handball penalty.

Gretna dominated in shots 20-4.

Gretna scored just 10 minutes into the game when Aiden Pohlmann scored her fourth goal of the season with a long-range effort.

Elkhorn South tied the game 1-1 about 10 minutes into the second half through Addy Gleckler’s penalty.

Defending champion Gretna has won 40 of 41 games in two seasons.

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