Theresa Pujado scored two goals to lift O’Gorman girls soccer team over Rapid City Central in the Class AA state championship game Saturday in Mitchell.
Ashlee Beacom and Alyssa Weidler also scored for the Knights. Maddison Sullivan scored for the Cobblers with five minutes remaining to make it 4-1.
Jillian Barkus was in goal for O’Gorman.
The Knights had lost to Lincoln 3-1 in the 2014 state championship.
Rapid City Stevens 1, Aberdeen Central 0 – Jayce Haefs converted a penalty kick with less than two minutes remaining in the game to lift the Raiders to the Class AA boys state title.
Sioux Falls Christian 1, Spearfish 0 – Paul Eide scored in the 15th minute to send the Chargers to the Class A state title.
St. Thomas More 10, Tea 1 – Kassidy Kirsch scored four goals and Stephanie Stagner two to send St. Thomas More over Tea in the Class A girls state championship game. Karlee McKinney scored for Tea.
Stampede outshoot, but can’t outscore Lancers
For the second night in a row, the Stampede outshot and out-chanced their opponent, but for the second night in a row, they struggled to score goals and lost. The Omaha Lancers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and relinquished it en route to a 4-1 victory.
Collin Peters tallied the lone goal for the Herd (1-3-0), who outshot the Lancers 37-21. Ales Stezka stopped 17 shots in goal for Sioux Falls, while Zack Skog stopped 36 of 37 to earn the win for the Lancers (4-2-0).
Both teams had energy in the first period, but it was the Lancers who took advantage of a couple opportunities with two goals in the period.
Omaha opened the scoring at 10:16 when Josh French tallied his second goal in as many games. Jake Gingell fired a shot from the left point that was redirected just underneath the crossbar by French to make it 1-0 Lancers.
The Herd had a couple power play opportunities, but couldn’t convert and the Lancers would make them pay. Grant Gabriele finished a great tic-tac-toe pass from Brannon McManus and Mitch Perrault to make it 2-0 at the 16:09 mark. The Lancers took that 2-0 lead into the locker room, despite being outshot 12-8.
The margin remained at two, until the 14:34 mark of the second period when Perrault set up Brannon McManus for a one-timer from the left circle to make it 3-0 Omaha.
Despite generating scoring chances, the Stampede simply couldn’t get the puck into the net. But just as it appeared the Herd might go five scoreless periods on the weekend, they found the back of the net with Collin Peters burying the rebound off Alex Stevens’ shot from the right point. Sioux Falls, which outshot the Lancers 10-7 in the period, entered the final intermission down 3-1.
Sioux Falls carried that momentum into the third, firing 15 shots on net, but Skog managed to save every single one to keep the Herd off the board.
The Lancers finished off the Stampede midway through the third, with McManus scoring his second of the night – this one off a takeaway in front of the net – to make it 4-1 with 10:44 remaining.
The Herd went 0-for-3 on the power play, but the penalty kill maintained its perfection, killing off three more penalties to run its weekend total to 7-for-7 over the two games.
Sioux Falls will look to get back into the win column Tuesday against the Sioux City Musketeers. Faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at the PREMIER Center.