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Boys soccer: Omaha Skutt, Lexington, Bennington advance; OPS buying tickets for Omaha Bryan supporters

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Omaha Skutts Samuel Schendt guards Elkhorn North's Imron Ergashev from the ball during a Class B boys state soccer first-round match Thursday at Morrison Stadium in Omaha.

OMAHA — Omaha Skutt was dominant in a 3-1 win against Elkhorn North in the first round of the Class B boys state soccer tournament on Thursday.

Elkhorn North’s only shot on goal came on its lone goal, a penalty kick score by Logan Hanigan with 10 minutes left in the second half. Omaha Skutt led in shots 15-1. The Skyhawks also had nine corner kicks, and the Wolves just one.

Second-ranked Skutt is on to the state semifinals for the fourth straight season, and is still alive for a third straight state title.

Skutt opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Samuel Schendt buried a centering pass from Kyle Stopak.

Skutt extended the lead with two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half scored by William Tobaben and Dylan Toth for a 3-0 lead.

Lexington 4, Northwest 1: Lexington took control with three goals in a 20-minute stretch of the first half, scored by Antonio Moro, Diego Martinez and Edin Lima. Alexander Perez added the final goal in the second half.

There was about a 15-minute delay late in the first half after Northwest goalie Ezekiel Koenig suffered a head injury during a collision with a teammate. He was taken away by ambulance but was able to wave to the Northwest crowd as he was taken off the field.

Bennington 7, Mount Michael 1: Ayo Makinde scored two goals to lead No. 1 Bennington to the win.

Bennington took control with three goals in a 12-minute stretch of the first half scored by Makinde, Kai Olbrich and Oliver Benson.

Bennington (17-2) made state for the first time last season, and has now made the semifinals in back-to-back seasons. Bennington will play Lexington in the semifinals on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

A comeback by Mount Michael in the second half took a hit when Mount Michael got a red card penalty early in the second half and played down a man for the final 36 minutes of the match.

Bennington added another goal from Austin Kaiser early in the second half for a 4-1 lead. It was just his second goal of the season.

Large crowd expected for Omaha Bryan match

Class A returns to the field for boys and girls semifinals on Friday, and a large crowd is expected for the final match of the day when Omaha Bryan plays Omaha Westside in the Class A boys semifinals at 7:30 p.m.

Omaha Bryan has made the state semifinals for the first time in program history in just its second state appearance. It’s also the first time this year Omaha Bryan has made it to state in a team sport.

So a lot of Bryan supporters are expected to make the trip downtown. Omaha Public Schools is providing free tickets to Friday’s match for Omaha Bryan students, Bryan middle school students and current OPS employees.

Omaha Bryan principal Rony Ortega has already given 150 tickets to staff. The students have to get their ticket at Morrison Stadium, so it’s not yet known how many students and staff will claim a free ticket.

Bryan is also having a tailgate party with a food truck and face painting.

Gretna plays Lincoln East in the first Class A boys match at 5:30 p.m.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.

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