‘Blue Collar Boys on Amberly’ win another shootout, advance to state semis

Waverly boys soccer takes down Scottsbluff in a penalty kick shootout to advance to the Class B state soccer semifinals.

OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) – On a humid 90 degree day, the Waverly boys soccer team gutted out another penalty kick shootout win in the Class B state quarterfinals against Scottsbluff, their first state tournament win since 2001.

“We weren’t going to let no excuse, especially the heat or overtime and tired, we’re just mentally tough and we were just the better team,” Waverly captain Landon Tjaden said.

The Vikings advanced to the state tournament after winning their district championship against Crete in a penalty kick shootout last Saturday.

“We’re just a bunch of blue collar boys on Amberley so whoever we play [in the state tournament] they better be scared because we’re gonna bring it to him,” Tjaden said after the district championship win.

Waverly and Scottsbluff traded punches in a back-and-forth contest. The Vikings scored two goals in quick succession early in the first half before Scottsbluff rattled off three straight goals. Tjaden scored his first goal of the game to tie it up at 3.

Anthony Ruelas’ goal in the 53rd minute gave the Vikings a 4-3 lead, but Aaron Schaff tied the game five minutes later with his second goal of the game.

The two teams did not score for the remainder of regulation or in the two overtime periods, sending Waverly to another penalty kick shootout.

Both teams missed their first kicks. Scottsbluff missed their next two while Waverly made their next two, setting up Tjaden’s kick to clinch the win for the Vikings.

“It was a lot of grit, a lot of heart, I love these boys to death and I’ll go to battle with them any time,” Tjaden said.

Waverly will play the two-time defending Class B champions Omaha Skutt on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.


Categories: High School Sports