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 – Jake Watson
Players to Watch – Allie Napora (University of Nebraska-Lincoln soccer signee), Savanna Solomon, Averie Hike, Ava Austin, Laina Souerdyke
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 – 2020 was supposed to be the year of the Titan in Class A girls soccer. Perhaps no program was left wondering and wanting more than Papillion-La Vista South. There is little doubt that a highly talented and experienced 2020 squad could have been the best in school history. However, the Titans must leave those “what ifs” behind as they prepare to fulfill those ambitions this year. Allie Napora returns to the high school game and provides a huge boost to the Titan roster. An extremely talented sophomore class will need to adapt to the Class A level very quickly after missing their freshman season. Much of the stand out talent is located at the attacking positions, so it’s no secret the opposing goalkeepers will be kept very busy. Heading into the 2021 season, the Titans are our #8 ranked team in Class A.
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