Previewing an upcoming season is never an easy task. To do so properly takes countless hours of emails, observations, statistical research, conversation, and reflection. Adding onto that difficulty are challenges, such as a cancelled 2020 season and lingering COVID restrictions, making our preview preparation feel almost impossible.
Despite these obstacles, the approaching 2021 season and its participants – whether that be players, coaches, fans, or families – deserve some semblance of normalcy. Soccer in Nebraska and all those who participate deserve to be promoted. Over the course of the next several weeks, NEST will overview EVERY high school soccer program in our state. This was done to the best of our ability using all of the information we could collect.
Nebraska Soccer Talk is here to support many fantastic teams, coaches, players, fans, and referees that make our game possible. One mission of this venture is to discover and centralize newsworthy information. This can only be done in collaboration with individual programs. As a whole, our sport must better promote itself in order to grow the player and supporter pool. We encourage every team to proudly and consistently advertise itself to us and the general public. The more information available, the more our game will grow. Soccer is a game historically left behind to linger in the background in the United States. That circumstance is changing, but that change will not happen automatically. Growing and covering all aspects of our sport will take effort from all of those who love it.
Disclaimer – To prepare for these articles, a questionnaire was sent to every school’s head coach and athletic director. Many of these questionnaires were returned in a timely fashion, others were not. Nebraska Soccer Talk prides itself on equal and in-depth coverage, but cooperation is needed to meet that goal. Please consider this to be our reasoning when it comes to article length and accuracy.
Head Coach – Derek Spence
Players to Watch – Hugo Lope Mateo, Travis Sweeney, Gio Castaneda, Yahir Lopez Villa, Edwin Jacinto Tercero
State Status – Front Runner, Contender, Dark Horse, Up-And-Coming, Building, Too Early To Tell
Previous Season Accomplishments – 2019 Class B State Semi-Finalists
NEST Analysis – Crete is a program enjoying an incredible run of success and momentum. Perhaps even more admirable than the winning percentage is the fact that this may be one of the most passionate and dedicated programs in the state of Nebraska. With the work of Coach Derek Spence and so many others, Crete is truly a soccer school. As a result of that culture, the Cardinals have developed a pipeline of talent that is wonderful to watch on the field. The 2021 outlook is favorable due to the team makeup. A tremendous core of experienced and talented players are expected to be assisted by several promising youngsters. Even with new faces, an established style of play consisting of high tempo tactics, flair, and aggression should prevail. Nebraska Soccer Talk has the Crete boys soccer program ranked #4 in our 2021 preseason poll.
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