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 – Colin Smitsek
Players to Watch – Brayden McPhail
State Status – Front Runner, Contender, Dark Horse, Up-And-Coming, Building, Too Early To Tell
Previous Season Accomplishments – 2019 Class A State Qualifier
NEST Analysis – Lincoln East is a team on the rise in Class A boys soccer. After years of being on the bubble, the Spartans appeared to turn the corner in 2019. Qualifying for state is a huge accomplishment for any program. It is made even sweeter by the fact that this program had been on the cusp for many years with winning records. Right now the stage of Lincoln, Nebraska soccer is ruled by Lincoln Southwest. However, the Spartans seem to present the biggest challenge to that claim. Looking at the program’s history, title contention would not be unfamiliar territory. Brayden McPhail will be headman for this squad during the 2021 season. With momentum firmly on their side, a repeat trip to Morrison Stadium is within the realm of possibility for this team as they are ranked #9 in our pre-season poll for Class A.
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