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 North Star
Head Coach – Ed Meitzen
Players to Watch –
- Taylor Cumblidge (University of Missouri-Kansas City soccer signee)
- Kate Jones
- Kyler Hahn
- Maram Hadi
- Jaycee McFadden
- Madison Burback
- Smar Khudidah
- Alexis Simmons
State Status – Front Runner, Contender, Dark Horse, Up-And-Coming, Building, Too Early To Tell
NEST Analysis – A very exciting season could be on the horizon for Lincoln North Star. During the 2019 season, a losing record was the final result. Look for that to change as North Star should be favored in many of their match-ups, especially at home. A plethora of talent will occupy the field wearing the blue and burgundy. Taylor Cumblidge will provide a dominating presence in the midfield for the Navigators. Cumblidge occupies a spot on our preseason players to watch list as she is a top 20 talent in the state. Coach Meitzen will have plenty of options as he develops his starting eleven, as you can see from our above list. This is an up-and-coming program that could make unexpected noise at the state tournament in 2021. While they fell just outside of the Top 10 for Class A, Lincoln North Star is a Team on the Verge in our pre-season list.
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