OMAHA – South Sioux City came just short of claiming its second state title in program history.
The Cardinals took on top-seeded Elkhorn South in the Class B State Final on Monday evening and fell 3-2 in overtime despite outshooting the Storm 28-8.
Brian Arellano put the Cardinals up 1-0 midway through the half, but Elkhorn South’s Erik Sandnes would head home a perfectly placed cross just 25 seconds later to draw the Storm level and send the game into halftime tied 1-1.
SCC would grab the lead again seven minutes into the second half. Armando Garcia drew a foul in the box and Arellano would cover the PK for his second goal of the match. The Storm however would equalize two minutes later with Sandnes converting from the penalty spot.
Tied 2-2 after regulation and the first overtime period, Elkhorn South senior Hunter Albers scored a wonder-goal from 35 yards out to secure the Storm’s first state title in program history.
With the defeat South Sioux City claimed its third runner-up trophy.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY (19-4) 1 1 0 0 2
ELKHORN SOUTH (20-0) 1 1 0 1 3
SCORING: SSC-Brian Arellano (19′), ES-Sandnes (20′), SSC-Brian Arellano (PK-46′), ES-Sandnes (PK-48′), ES-Hunter Albers (95′)