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 – Joseph Maas
Players to Watch – Luis Garcia, Ismail Hassan, Sebastian Fierro, Wawa Palga
State Status – Front Runner, Contender, Dark Horse, Up-And-Coming, Building, Too Early To Tell
Previous Season Accomplishments – 2019 Class A State Champions
NEST Analysis – Omaha South comes into 2021 as the defending Class A champions. It must be understood that the championship game was held in 2019. Regardless of the timeline, the Packers are kings of Class A right now. Anticipate 2021 to bring more of the same success to this program. Coach Joseph Maas has built a machine that consistently reloads with talent. It is a tremendous show to watch on an annual basis, a limited number of teams can match their skill, speed, and flair.
Luis Garcia brings talent and experience to a team that is sure to be filled with other special talents. A transfer from Omaha Bryan, Ismail Hassan will provide a boost to this roster.
Entering 2021, Omaha South has earned their front-runner status. This Packer group will be in the title picture for the entirety of the season. Omaha South claims the #2 spot in our pre-season rankings.
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