OMAHA — With one kick, the Gretna boys soccer team sent Hastings High home.
After neither team found the back of the net in the first 66 minutes of the match, the No. 3-seeded Dragons (15-5) capitalized off of a penalty kick and then held on to eliminate the No. 6 Tigers (14-5) for the third time in four seasons with a 1-0 victory Friday morning at Creighton's Morrison Stadium.
Hastings High's Brendon Menke was called for a foul after he collided in the air with Gretna's Paco Hurd in the 18-yard goalie box.
Trent Boyer stepped in to take the penalty try for the Dragons, and his shot went just past the fingertips of Tiger goalkeeper Christian Lomax.
"It was unfortunate," said HHS head coach Mike Nanfito when asked about the penalty. "We were just trying to clear out the ball and we got up, but obviously it was an unfortunate situation. It is what it is, the call was made and the kid put it away."