We are entering into the final stages of the 2021 season, and it has been a wonderful experience. While it has been a joy to watch the sport all season long, this is the time of year when it really matters. The energy and anticipation is almost overwhelming for soccer fans such as ourselves.  The district pairings have been released by the NSAA, and the process of establishing a state field is underway. Nebraska Soccer Talk gives our thoughts and analysis on the district/sub-district match-ups.

B-1

#1 Platteview
#2 Conestoga
#3 Nebraska City
#4 Gross Catholic
#5 Plattsmouth
  • A fantastic season by Platteview has them in leading position to win this group. Really big steps forward for this program.
  • The game between Conestoga and Nebraska City is a bit of a toss up. Very realistic possibility to have a seeding upset in that first round.

B-2

#1 Omaha Skutt
#2 Ralston
#3 Omaha Roncalli
#4 Omaha Concordia
  • Omaha Skutt has been the top team all season. They have faced little resistance due to their overwhelming talent at every level.
  • Ralston has the best shot to surprise this district.

B-3

#1 Bennington
#2 Mount Michael Benedictine
#3 Elkhorn North
#4 Elkhorn
  • Bennington should be the winner in this group. This is a team with two top level scoring options that will be a challenge for any team to stop.
  • Mount Michael has been a tough team to understand in the 2021 season. They have played well against good teams, but have under-performed when they have the upper hand.
  • Elkhorn North has a shot if the defense is able to step up. Logan Hanigan at forward can break a game open. In these scenarios, an upset is one or two goals away.

B-4

#1 South Sioux City
#2 Blair
#3 Madison
#4 Lutheran High/Norfolk Catholic
  • Man, what a wild ride is has been for South Sioux City. They began the season in our Top 3, but struggled early on. We kept them in our rankings even when they fell to 1-6. However, due to the performances of other programs they eventually found themselves on the outside of the Top 10. SSC stormed back and are now a one seed. What will be the result in the post-season?
  • Blair is inside our Top 10 in the latest rankings. I like the chances of this second seed.

B-5

#1 Beatrice
#2 Waverly
#3 Norris
#4 Crete
#5 Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central
  • Beatrice has been the story of the season on the boys side of the sport. Their reward for an epic turnaround? Being placed in one of the most challenging and hard to predict districts.
  • Waverly and Norris will be a great game to watch as two capable teams fight it out in an attempt to advance.
  • Crete’s results have been all over the place but there is talent on this squad. They are a dangerous four seed.

B-6

#1 Columbus Scotus
#2 Schuyler
#3 Columbus Lakeview
#4 Seward
  • Schuyler has upped their game in recent weeks, they are beginning to look like a state tournament team. That improvement makes for an interesting scenario in the B-6 district.
  • It would be unwise to not mention the #1 seed, Columbus Scotus. They won against Schuyler only a few days ago, and they will need to do it again.

B-7

#1 GI Northwest
#2 Kearney Catholic
#3 York
#4 Aurora
#5 Hastings
  • The GI Northwest co-op has paid off for the community. Two schools put their best talents together which resulted in a great season.
  • Do not overlook Aurora as the four seed. Not necessarily predicting an upset but it is not out of the question.
  • For Kearney Catholic, this season started off on the right foot as they advanced to 6-0. A 3-3 finish brings some hesitation to the post-season.

B-8

#1 Lexington
#2 Scottsbluff
#3 Holdrege
#4 Gering
  • B-8 features all central or western Nebraska teams, a noted change from other pairings.
  • Lexington is the clear favorite as they have defeated several quality Class A & B teams. The Minutemen feature a few of the best players in the state.
  • Scottsbluff is a relative unknown, they have played three Wyoming teams. It is unclear how to compare those wins with Nebraska based results.
  • Lexington defeated Scottsbluff 6-0 earlier this season.

 

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