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Scotus Central Catholic boys soccer suffered its first back-to-back losses of the season and the second and third defeats of the year when the Shamrocks went 0-2 in matches Friday and Saturday at the Omaha Bryan Invite.

SCC lost 3-0 in the opener to the hosts after trailing 1-0 at halftime then gave up two more second-half goals. Scotus then dropped a match in a shootout to Millard South 1-1 (4-1). All the scoring took place in the second half.

Henry Hernandez had SCC's lone goal of the weekend, one that looked like it would stand up as the winner on Saturday before Millard South tied it with five minutes remaining in the match.

After a scoreless overtime, the Patriots stopped one Shamrock shot and saw another miss the net. Braden Labenz scored the lone goal, but it wasn't enough to hold off a Patriots team that hit its first three then ended it in the fourth round a perfect 4 for 4.

"You've got to play a full 80 minutes," coach P.J. Miller said about one of the hard lessons learned during the two losses.

"We gave up the tying goal, ran out of gas and just couldn't keep up. After we scored, the pressure was all on Millard South, and they started peppering our goal left and right."

The equalizer came on a cross into the box that Scotus keeper Connor Wiehn couldn't locate due to the amount of traffic inside the six-yard box.

Scotus will attempt to get back in the win column on Thursday at Schuyler.

"Keep pushing, and we'll get to where we want to be," Miller said about his message to the team. "We just want to win. Our goal, as a team this year, was a sub-state game, and those goals are still intact. We've got to take care of each game one at a time. I think we have a good chance of getting there."

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

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