Southwest edges Columbus in boys soccer

It wasn’t the prettiest performance, but the Lincoln Southwest boys soccer team managed a 1-0 win over Columbus Thursday at Spirit Park in Lincoln.

“It was just a weird day,” Southwest coach Derek Scheich said. “The field was obviously not in the best condition. Just happy to get the win, stay undefeated and move forward on our season. Even if you’re a good team, you have off days.”

Southwest (5-0) had the wind at its back in the first half and had no shortage of opportunities to score. They possessed the ball on Columbus’ end for the better part of the half, but still found it hard to put the ball in the net.

Junior Luke Monson scored late in the first half to provide the only goal of the game for either team.

Southwest spent the rest of the night playing keep-away on a muddy field that only got more slippery as the game went on. Columbus blew a great chance for an equalizing goal in the last minute of the game.

The Discoverers, who fell to a record of 3-2, posed a strong challenge, Scheich said. They lost in overtime on Tuesday to Lincoln North Star, one of the top teams in Class A before playing the Silver Hawks closely on Thursday.

“They’re always a top-ranked Class B team,” he said. “There’s a lot of pride and motivation for that program to come down here and try to beat one of those Lincoln schools, and they’ve come really close the last two tries. Fortunately, we stayed calm under pressure to get the job done.”

After Thursday’s game, Scheich told his team there were plenty of things to clean up before they play undefeated Kearney on Saturday.

“Our mantra for the year is the hungriest dog is gonna eat,” Scheich said. “We’ve just got to stay hungry, stay humble, and just continue to work hard.”





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