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 – Nick Bratt
State Status – Front Runner, Contender, Dark Horse, Up-And-Coming, Building, Too Early To Tell
NEST Analysis – An argument could be made that Burke has consistently been the second most successful OPS boys soccer program over the last several years. The Bulldogs had a tremendous 2019 regular season before falling by one goal in the first round of districts to Lincoln Southeast. Coach Bratt should have a competitive team for the 2021 season, and that is why they debut on our list of Teams on the Verge.
Much of that assumption is based on Coach Bratt’s reputation and the program’s history. This squad will be short on experience as only two players with varsity experience return. Omaha Burke has a large player pool and should be able to find enough pieces to make a run. Inexperienced is not synonymous with poor results. In fact, if managed properly this could be the beginning of a very fun future for Burke. Watch out for freshmen forward/midfielder Wyatt Urban as he looks to earn a place in the squad.
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