Storm too much for Lady Vikes in sub-state final

May 8, 2019

The top-ranked team in girls Class B soccer, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, showed its talent, depth and scoring ability in a 7-0 district final win over Lakeview on Saturday in Elkhorn.

Elkhorn South (11-4), which has suffered its only losses to Class A teams, scored in the first minute of the match and had four goals on the board by halftime. Six different Storm players scored a goal while the defense limited the Lady Vikes to just two shots on goal.

Lakeview, seemingly out of the sub-state round after a 3-0 loss to Columbus High on April 30, found a way back into the playoffs thanks to four results that all broke the Lady Vikes’ way in sub-district semifinals and finals.

However, their reward was the No. 15 seed and a matchup with the second team in the Class B power points standings. Regardless, it was also the fourth straight year the Lakeview girls have advanced to the sub-state final and within a game of qualifying for the state tournament.

“The girls gave it their all. (Elkhorn South) is just fast, and they just hound you,” coach Mike Zimmerman said. “Their girls, all they do is play soccer 24/7. They don’t do any other sport. They’re just a real quality team.”

Possessing the ball was a major issue for the Lady Vikes. Zimmerman said the most his group could connect on is two passes in a row before the Storm took the ball away.

Constantly chasing made it hard to establish any kind of offensive threat.

“The girls seemed happy. They gave it their all, and we ended up 8-4 this year,” Zimmerman said. “Their movement with the ball and their movement away from the ball caused us constant problems. But we played tough.”

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.