OMAHA – Set pieces were the Shamrocks’ Achilles heel in the state championship match.
Scotus took on top-rated Omaha Skutt in the Class B Final on Wednesday evening and were defeated 3-0.
“Besides the one speedster we had to focus on, they had 8 out of 11 [other ones],” Scotus Head Coach Kristie Brezenski shared. “The girls stepped up and played hard. That’s all we can ask for, that they fight all the way through. We had some opportunities, and just didn’t get them. The ball bounced in their favor.”
“My team played the best they could,” senior captain Emma Strecker added. “We all gave it 110-percent, and that is all I could ask for. It was a win for us just because we played our hearts out.”
Jessica Schlautman put the Skyhawks on the board in the 11th minute by slotting home a cross, and the contest remained 1-0 heading into halftime.
Despite a significant amount of pressure from the Skutt offense after half, Scotus kept it at 1-0 with less than 10 minutes to play, but then the Skyhawks put the game away. Schlautman would head home her second goal off of a corner kick, and Madi McKeever would strike less than a minute later on a free kick from 40-yards out.
After taking down Elkhorn 1-0 in the semifinals on Saturday Brezenski couldn’t be more proud of what her girls accomplished this season.
“Just hold your heads up high. We made it so far. We played our best game, probably our last game [Elkhorn], but we played some great soccer and represented Columbus well.”
“We really progressed a lot throughout the year, and we didn’t think we’d end up second, but it worked our way and it was meant to be,” Strecker added.
The Shamrocks graduate just three seniors from this year’s squad in Strecker, Alyssa Kuta, and Courtney Flint which bodes well for a return trip to Morrison Stadium next season.
“That’s always a goal, so hopefully we can do it,” Brezenski concluded.
The result marks the Scotus girls’ third state runner-up finish in program history.
SCOTUS (17-3) 0 0 0
SKUTT (16-3) 1 2 3
SCORING: OS-Jessica Schlautman (10′), OS-Jessica Schlautman (70′), OS-Madi McKeever (70′)