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 – Sarah Kaminski
Players to Watch – Gracie Haneborg, Abby Orr
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 – The Lady Bulldogs are on the cusp of reintroducing themselves to Class A soccer after a highly successful campaign in Class B. North Platte will be led on the field by Gracie Haneborg. Haneborg is an exceptional player that you can truly build a team around. She is a recognized name throughout the state, evidenced by her inclusion on our Pre-Season Class A Players To Watch List. Abby Orr will be an intriguing piece that can add depth to the Bulldog lineup. Perhaps the greatest point of optimism can be found on the sideline. Coach Sarah Kaminski has built an impressive program at North Platte. Her presence will provide the Bulldogs with a quality soccer mind. Overall, Coach Kaminski is an incredible ambassador of the game in Central Nebraska. North Platte will begin the season as a Team on the Verge in our rankings. If early season results are favorable, look for the Lady Bulldogs to quickly climb the rankings.
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