OMAHA — The Omaha Skutt-Elkhorn South rivalry in girls soccer appears to be coming to an end, but before it did there was, of course, one more great match, and one of the teams won the Class B state championship.
Top-rated Elkhorn South beat No. 2 Omaha Skutt 2-0 in the championship match on Tuesday at Morrison Stadium.
It was a freshman, Ruby Kirk, who scored the game-winning goal in the 19th minute of the match. Mo Goh added another goal with two minutes left in the match.
Elkhorn South and Omaha Skutt have been big rivals for most of the time since Elkhorn South opened in 2010, and some years played a regular-season match, during the district tournament and at state.
But Elkhorn South will be moving up to Class A next season due to its growing enrollment and a new classification process, while Omaha Skutt stays in Class B.
This was the second state championship for Elkhorn South, but the first time it won the title by beating Omaha Skutt in the championship match.
“We keep calling this our farewell tour to Class B because we are for sure Class A next year, and I feel like it had to be Skutt,” Elkhorn South coach Lindsay Aliano said. “It was the only way we were going to go out with that rival that it’s been for so many years.”
Skutt and Elkhorn South played five times at state in the last seven years, with each match coming in the semifinals or finals. Four of the five years, the schools played each other at state, one of the teams won the championship. Omaha Skutt won three of the five matches between the teams at state, including the 2013 championship match in a shootout.
Last year Omaha Skutt beat Elkhorn South 1-0 in the state semifinals in a match that even now illustrates the intensity of the rivalry.
“It’s gone back-and-forth, and back-and-forth, “ Aliano said. “I’m sure you saw last year’s state game and it was brutal and I had some kids with (knee injuries) and concussions and whatnot, and there was a little bit of revenge factor today from that.”
Omaha Skutt coach John Carlson said it’s been a great rivalry.
“It’s just a shame that it’s over,” Carlson said.
The winning goal came in the 19th minute of the first half. Kirk got to a deflected ball loose near the goal and fired it in from about 8 yards out. Kirk isn’t a starter, and it was just her fourth goal of the season.
“Ruby is a freshmen, and we were kind of joking with her because the very first game of the season she had a wide-open goal against Millard West and she missed it,” Aliano said. “And to watch her stay composed in front of the goal — all she had to do was touch it to get in — was awesome to see how far she’s come this season.”
Elkhorn South finished with a 17-4 record but was unbeaten against Class B teams. Three of its four losses came against the two Class A finalists, Millard West and Omaha Marian.
Elkhorn South also beat Omaha Skutt 1-0 in the subdistrict final.