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.
Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central
Head Coach – Dave Gosselin
Players to Watch – Lauren Stull
State Status – Front Runner, Contender, Dark Horse, Up-And-Coming, Building, Too Early To Tell
NEST Analysis – Two schools come together in order to give more athletic opportunities to their students. For the smaller schools of Nebraska, this is the model of the future. These worthwhile partnerships help to showcase talent no matter the location or circumstance. This effort should be applauded and supported by the entire state, as many schools choose the easier route of not forming a soccer program.
For Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central, that effort has been rewarded and reinforced by stellar play from their female athletes. This team took off in 2019, achieving an impressive eleven game win total. They will look to build on that success during the 2021. Lauren Stull will be the primary factor in this effort. As we surveyed the state, her reputation only grew, leading us to place her on our Watch List for Class B. Stull is an excellent player that is signed to play at the next level with Hastings College. More pieces will need to emerge, but a state run in 2021 is a realistic goal for this team. Find them on our list of Teams on the Verge.
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