Two top ten teams met Thursday night in Grand Island in a game that would live up to the hype. Unfortunately, Nebraska Soccer Talk could not attend in-person, but this game was broadcast by News Channel Nebraska. Early on the Islanders looked to be running away with this contest as a clinical finish by Javier Baide and a Silverhawk own goal made the scoreline 2-0. The Islander momentum gradually faded as Southwest settled into the first game of the season. As the game continued, Lincoln Southwest showed themselves to not only be talented but composed as well. An equalizer would come during the beginning portion of the second half. From there, both teams created a fair number of chances and demonstrated their top ten quality. In the end, Lincoln Southwest would seize the moment as senior Eli Rhodes scored an impressive game winner.
Game Result – Lincoln Southwest 3 Grand Island 2
Man of the Match – Ramzy Hamouda (1 goal & 1 assist; super sub that changed the dynamic of the game)
NEST Quick Hits
- These teams justified their Pre-Season Top 10 rankings. It was back and forth, but both sides were able to demonstrate exciting soccer skill. This was an absolute joy to watch from start to finish.
- Javier Baide has that next level soccer talent. Baide’s seemingly effortless burst will be a problem for defenders throughout the season. His understanding of space and positioning in the box is also an important attribute. This is a goalscorer through and through.
- Eli Rhodes is THAT guy for Lincoln Southwest. He is a do-it-all midfielder with an endless motor. His composed game winner was fun to watch and so was the celebration afterwards. He and his teammates went wild, the passion for the game was observable.
- Ramzy Hamouda is a name to know for the future. This appeared to be his first game in a Lincoln Southwest uniform and he made quite an impression. His substitution into the attacking midfield was the catalyst for the Silverhawk comeback. A battle for the starting position is sure to follow.
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