Nebraska girls soccer rankings – March 17

Nebraska girls soccer rankings – March 17

TOP 10, 2016, Prv.

1. Omaha Marian, 15-3, 1

2. Millard West, 17-2, 5

3. Millard South, 13-6, 9

4. Millard North, 13-4, 4

5. Lincoln Southwest, 16-3, 7

6. Omaha Westside, 11-6, 8

7. Bellevue West, 8-8, 10

8. Omaha Skutt, 18-2, 2

9. Elkhorn South, 13-4, 6

10. Gretna, 17-2, 3

CLASS A

1. Omaha Marian, 15-3, 1

2. Millard West, 17-2, 3

3. Millard South, 13-6, 6

4. Millard North, 13-4, 2

5. Lincoln Southwest, 16-3, 4

6. Omaha Westside, 11-6, 5

7. Bellevue West, 8-8, 10

8. Lincoln Southeast, 14-4, 8

9. Lincoln East, 10-6, NR

10. Kearney, 16-5, 9

Comments: Eight starters return for Marian, which played its best soccer of the season when it mattered most. The Crusaders didn’t allow a goal in five postseason matches. An early meeting with Lincoln Southwest — and scary scorer Hannah Davis — should be a good test. Davis had 40 goals last year and is eyeing the state’s all-time record for goals and points. All three Millard schools should contend. Millard West brings back a little less experience than previous seasons, but won’t lack talent. Millard North reached the final for first-year coach James Abueg and has All-Nebraska forward Bailey Cascio. Millard South might be the most intriguing of that group. The Patriots reached state for the first time in eight seasons and have sophomore standouts in keeper Maddie Smith and forward Lindsey Prokop among 10 returning starters.

CLASS B

1. Omaha Skutt, 18-2, 1

2. Elkhorn South, 13-4, 3

3. Gretna, 17-2, 2

4. Elkhorn, 14-5, 6

5. Columbus Scotus, 14-3, 5

6. Omaha Roncalli, 11-8, 8

7. Omaha Duchesne, 5-11, NR

8. Omaha Gross, 14-5, 4

9. Blair, 7-7, NR

10. Waverly, 11-5, 10

Comments: Last year’s state champs start as the favorite after winning their sixth title in 11 seasons. Skutt coach John Carlson likes the depth his team has, saying there is “competition at every spot,” and that he feels comfortable playing all 22 on his roster. The SkyHawks will have plenty of competition. Both second-ranked Elkhorn South and No. 3 Gretna have won state titles in the last three seasons. A combination of those three schools have played for each of the last seven championships. Elkhorn isn’t far off, though. The Antlers bring back Creighton recruit Skylar Heinrich, a sophomore that tallied 33 goals last year. Omaha Roncalli and Omaha Gross look to build on state tournament teams that broke long postseason droughts.

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