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.
Papillion-La Vista South
Head Coach – Dave Lawrence
Players to Watch – Jack Redd (Creighton University soccer signee)
State Status – Front Runner, Contender, Dark Horse, Up-And-Coming, Building, Too Early To Tell
Previous Season Accomplishments – 2019 Class A State Qualifier
NEST Analysis – The Titans were poised to have a fantastic 2020 season. Their team had the wonderful combination of talent and experience, the pieces were coming together. Many of those seniors are now on college rosters. Despite that team’s story ending prematurely, the 2021 squad will have an opportunity to make up for lost time. Jack Redd is one of the highest rated returners in the state. He recently signed to continue his soccer career at Creighton University. Add a few more pieces and this team will be able to compete with anyone. We anticipate that those pieces will be found, that is why we have Papio South ranked #5 in Class A. Lastly, we want to take a moment to recognize Coach Lawrence’s frightening experience during the off-season. Earlier this year, Coach Lawrence suffered a heart attack while working out. Thankfully, with the help of medical professionals, Coach Lawrence has made a full recovery. If that isn’t impressive enough, he spearheaded a movement to increase the number of AEDs available to law enforcement. Well done Dave Lawrence, and good luck this season.
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