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 – Chris Simley
Players to Watch – Parker Gamerl, Sam Vejnovich
State Status – Front Runner, Contender, Dark Horse, Up-And-Coming, Building, Too Early To Tell
NEST Analysis – With a new school opening recently in the district, there are many unknowns surrounding all of the Elkhorn programs. Elkhorn High may in fact have been hit the hardest by these expansion plans as this team lost its head coach to the new school. Although no upperclassmen were lost, underclassmen were restructured. With that in mind, Elkhorn still has the potential to be a premier Class B program due to its size, resources, athletic pool, and tradition. After a disappointing 2019 campaign, the Antlers will look to find more success in 2021. Parker Gamerl and Sam Vejnovich are quality players that will help with that pursuit. With so many unknowns, yet so much potential, Nebraska Soccer Talk has listed Elkhorn High as the dark horse of Class B. They have also been listed as a Team on the Verge, meaning they are just outside of our preseason Top 10 list. A few quality showings could springboard them into contention.
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Elkhorns Head Coach is Chris Simley previously at Lincoln Northeast Boys
Thank you! The story has been updated.