No. 2 Millard North (16-1) vs. No. 3 Millard West (12-3), 7:45 p.m.:
How do you prefer your state champion? Is it the fresh-faced group with loads of ability but little experience that's been pushed in both state tournament games? If so, you'll take Millard West. The Wildcats beat fourth-ranked Omaha Westside in the first round and top-ranked Omaha Marian, the returning state champion, in the semis. But if you'd rather have the veteran group — the one with players that have been in a title game before and has cruised so far in the state tournament — then Millard North is your team. The Mustangs have looked the part of championship team of late. I called them a “cagey old fighter” the other day, and it was a comparison coach John Walsh smiled about and agreed with. The ring vet has found its jab, too. A suddenly explosive Mustang offense is clicking on all cylinders. Keep an eye on the keepers. Both are Division I talents. Millard North's Kylynn Moyer is a Drake recruit. Jordan Cassalia of Millard West will play for Army. As for field players, both teams get scoring from plenty of places. Millard West's leading goal scorers each have seven on the season. Sixteen players have scored for the Wildcats. Millard North's six state tournament goals were all scored by different players. Junior forward Sarah Woelfel has a team-leading 13 goals and senior Kelsey Walter has 12. Both found the back of the net in a first-round win over Lincoln East. Could Nebraska recruit Rachel Brennan, be the wild card in the equation? The All-Nebraska standout was slow coming back from offseason foot surgery, but scored in the semifinals.
Our pick: Millard North 2, Millard West 1, OT
No. 1 Omaha Skutt (14-1) vs. No. 2 Elkhorn South (13-1), 5 p.m.:
When Elkhorn South opened its doors three years ago, there were already questions about how long it would take the Storm to start challenging Skutt. The answer is three years. South wasn't quite there the last two years, although they did reach the state tournament in each. And Storm head coach Lindsay Wood would tell you they weren't quite there when the teams met in late March, a 2-0 Skutt win. But a couple of freshmen gelled well with what was already a quality group. Elkhorn South's three wins this season over top-ranked Gretna, the defending Class B champion, prove that the Storm are capable. Now they're seeking a victory over Skutt on the big stage to show they're for real. Although Gretna has made a push of late, Skutt remains the program to chase. The SkyHawks will play in their sixth consecutive state title game — and eighth in the last nine years — on Monday, something only done before by Omaha Marian in Class A. Skutt is solid everywhere. Senior forward Liz Bartels gets the headlines, and deservedly so. The Marquette recruit has 23 goals and 12 assists on the season — five and three, respectively, in the state tournament. But a defense that has limited pressure in front of its keeper and a midfield that can control long stretches of a match are also strengths of the SkyHawks. Expect Elkhorn South to make Skutt work for its fifth title.
Our pick: Omaha Skutt 1, Elkhorn South 0, OT
— Nick Rubek