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 Conestoga
#2 Plattsmouth
#3 Auburn
#4 Nebraska City
  • Honestly, who knows how this district will end up? Conestoga is the #1 seed but has a record of 6-6.
  • Probably three of these teams have a legitimate shot at winning this group. Their reward? The opportunity to play Omaha Skutt.

B-2

#1 Omaha Mercy
#2 Gross Catholic
#3 Ralston
#4 Platteview
  • Omaha Mercy has been a top three team all season, so they should handle this district. Victories versus Bennington, Blair, Omaha South, and Omaha Burke give backing to our assumption. Omaha Skutt is still the overall favorite this season, but Mercy will presumably get their shot.
  • Gross Catholic will be the biggest challenger to Mercy. These two teams played one another during the regular season, it resulted in a 2-1 win for Mercy.

B-3

 #1 Omaha Duchesne Academy
#2 Blair
#3 Omaha Roncalli
#4 Bennington
#5 Omaha Concordia
  • Man oh man, this B-3 district will have the opinions of soccer observers going all of the place. Four teams are threats, all garner legitimate discussion.
  • Duchesne should survive and advance, but this road will not be easy.
  • There is an argument to be made that the most dangerous second, third, and fourth seed are all located in the same group.
  • In almost any other group, I like Blair. Tough deal here, but they may be able to pull this off.

B-4 

#1 Omaha Skutt Catholic
#2 Waverly
#3 Elkhorn North
#4 Elkhorn
  • Waverly has had a very nice season, full of positive moments and play. We really like the direction of this program.
  • Solid first year for Elkhorn North, they have laid down a good foundation for the future.
  • Hanna King has a big soccer future, she will try to prolong her high school career but it will take her best work.
  • A lot of positives in the statements above, those teams deserve the acknowledgement. With those things being established, Omaha Skutt will have to beat themselves for them not to win this group.

B-5 

#1 Columbus Scotus
#2 Columbus Lakeview
#3 South Sioux City
#4 Lutheran High/Norfolk Catholic
#5 Schuyler
  • Columbus Scotus has been playing well as they advanced through the season. They earned a spot in our Top 10 and should advance out of this group. Although, the final could be a fun match-up.
  • The possibility of a Columbus rivalry game in the finals brings interest to B-5.

B-6

#1 Norris
#2 Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central
#3 Beatrice
#4 Seward
#5 Crete
  • Norris will look to keep the dream alive, but the road ahead will have its challenges. Talents such as Reese Borer and Hannah Schroeder will be relied upon. A storybook season for the Titans, now its time to write a beautiful ending.
  • Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central enters sub-districts with just two loses on the season and a second seed classification. They look like a state caliber team, however Norris would be the biggest obstacle they have faced this season.

B-7

#1 Aurora
#2 GI Northwest
#3 Hastings
#4 Kearney Catholic
#5 York
  • Aurora at 9-6 and Northwest at 8-7 are about as equal as it gets. They should both make it to the championship game, from there it is a toss up. These two teams have competed against each other twice already, Aurora winning both. On paper that seems to indicate and edge for them. However, it can be very difficult to beat the same opponent three teams in one season.

B-8

#1 Scottsbluff
#2 Lexington
#3 Gering
#4 Holdrege
  • This district should come down to Scottsbluff and Lexington in the finals. If that is the match-up, Lexington should come out on top. The turnaround and buildup of that program is a remarkable story. No matter the result, congratulations to that staff and the players.

 

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