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Final soccer ratings

May 15, 2019

CLASS A BOYS

Team (record) | Pvs.

1. Omaha South (21-1) | 2

2. Creighton Prep (18-3) | 3

3. Gretna (16-2) | 5

4. Kearney (17-1) | 1

5. Papillion-La Vista (15-6) | 7

6. Lincoln Southwest (13-3) | 4

7. Lincoln East (12-4) | 6

8. Papillion-La Vista South (12-7) | -

9. Millard West (9-9) | -

10. Omaha Central (12-6) | 10

Comments: During a season when there was more parity than some others — the No. 1-rated team in Class B (South Sioux City) didn’t make state, and at one point, there were 17 Class B boys teams in contention for the top-10 — it seems appropriate that for just the second time ever, both boys state championship matches went to overtime. In Class A, Omaha South beat Creighton Prep 2-1 in a shootout in one of the best high school matches ever in Nebraska. Season-long No. 1 Kearney had its 17-0 record this season, and 28-match winning streak over two seasons, come to an end with a 1-0 loss against Papillion-La Vista in the first round of state. Papillion-La Vista had a major turnaround, going from four wins last season to 15 wins and the state semifinals. Gretna had a great season to make the state semifinals after playing in Class B last year. Millard West was one of just two teams to beat Creighton Prep during the regular season, and moves into the final ratings.

CLASS B BOYS

Team (record) Pvs.

1. Omaha Skutt (15-4) | 2

2. Columbus (14-5) | 5

3. Lexington (14-3) | 3

4. South Sioux City (14-5) | 1

5. Crete (14-3) | 4

6. Omaha Gross (14-5) | 6

7. Omaha Roncalli (12-7) | 10

8. North Platte (11-10) | -

9. Northwest (11-4) | -

10. Columbus Scotus (13-5) | 8

Comments: Omaha Skutt won the state championship match with a 1-0 shootout win against Columbus. Skutt had a great finish to the season, winning all six postseason matches by shutout. Skutt was rated No. 2 to start the season. Defending state champion South Sioux City got knocked out with a shocking loss in the district final, with the second-seeded Cardinals losing to 15th-seeded North Platte in a shootout. That was the only Class B team to beat South Sioux City all season. Four teams finished in the top 10 that weren’t in the preseason ratings: Columbus, Omaha Roncalli, Northwest and Columbus Scotus. Columbus went from not making state in 2018 to the state championship match in 2019.

State sportsmanship winners

Class A: Papillion-La Vista.

Class B: Omaha Skutt.