OMAHA – After 100 minutes of play, all it took was one save for the SkyHawks to claim their sixth state soccer title in program history.
Omaha Skutt Catholic overcame the tough Columbus Discoverers 5-3 in the game-ending shootout Monday night, defeating Columbus 1-0 for the Class B State Championship. The SkyHawks were up 2-1 in the shootout when keeper Zachary Weis blocked a kick from Columbus’ Antonio Jimenez to give Skutt the advantage.
Columbus would convert their next two PK attempts, but the SkyHawks would end up making all five PK’s to earn the victory. Goals were scored by Ben Bausback, Andrew Davidson, John Meyers, Caleb Vos, and finally by Patrick Hoody to seal the deal.
For the SkyHawks, it’s the first state soccer championship since 2012, and the win now ties Omaha Skutt with Columbus Scotus for the most state championships in all of Class B soccer. Columbus finishes as the runner-up for the second time in program history, and the first time as a runner-up in the Class B tournament.
SkyHawk Head Coach Justin Zabawa said that shootouts are tough, and that you can’t really prepare a team to be in a shootout situation for a state championship, but said his team was calm under the pressure, and that it was a special group of kids to be able to win a state title with.