Nebraska high school soccer final rankings, May 17

Girls

Top 10, Rec., Prv.

1. Millard West 18-1 1

2. Omaha Marian 18-3 2

3. Elkhorn South 17-1 3

4. Omaha Skutt 16-4 4

5. Gretna 14-4 5

6. Lincoln East 14-4 8

7. Omaha Mercy 15-5 6

8. Papillion-LV South 13-7 7

9. Papillion-La Vista 12-6 9

10. Omaha Westside 10-7 10

Class A

1. Millard West 18-1 1

2. Omaha Marian 18-3 2

3. Gretna 14-4 3

4. Lincoln East 14-4 5

5. Papillion-LV South 13-7 4

6. Papillion-La Vista 12-6 6

7. Omaha Westside 10-7 7

8. Lincoln Southeast 11-3 8

9. Lincoln Southwest 11-4 9

10. Bellevue West 12-5 10

COMMENTS: Millard West was convincing in its run to a fifth state title, outscoring its three tournament opponents 14-4. The high-octane Wildcats lose seven seniors, but bring a solid core back next season. That includes juniors Reagan Raabe and Katie Stoneburner, who accounted for a combined 40 goals and 16 assists this season. Runner-up Marian, Gretna and Lincoln East — the other three teams to reach the semifinals last week — will all be in the mix again next year. All return significant portions of their rosters. The class could have a different look next season with Class B champion Elkhorn South joining the fray. Class B semifinalist North Platte — and its pair of 20-goal scorers — also is expected to make the jump to Class A.

Class B

1. Elkhorn South 17-4 1

2. Omaha Skutt 16-4 2

3. Omaha Mercy 15-5 3

4. North Platte 18-3 4

5. Omaha Duchesne 13-7 5

6. Elkhorn 9-10 6

7. Bennington 15-4 7

8. Columbus Scotus 13-4 8

9. Omaha Roncalli 10-7 10

10. Hastings 11-5 9

COMMENTS: Not much change here, where the top four made the semifinals, the top two reached the championship match and No. 1 Elkhorn South won its second state title. The Storm made good on a talented — albeit young — group that was tested often throughout the season. They’ll make the jump to Class A next year, leaving Skutt as a favorite in Class B. The SkyHawk cupboard is never bare, but they’ll definitely feel the impact of losing star forward Laurin Mertz and her 17 goals and 14 assists. Mercy and Duchesne both have significant contributors returning next season, as does a Bennington bunch that made its first state tournament appearance last week.

Boys

Top 10/Class A, Rec., Prv.

1. Omaha South 21-1 2

2. Om. Creighton Prep 18-3 3

3. Kearney 17-1 1

4. Gretna 16-2 5

5. Lincoln Southwest 13-3 4

6. Papillion-La Vista 15-6 7

7. Lincoln East 12-4 6

8. Papillion-LV South 12-7 8

9. Millard West 9-9 9

10. Omaha Central 12-6 10

COMMENTS: South is the first team not named Kearney to reside in the top spot all season. The Packers beat Prep in an epic state final that was settled in a shootout, the third title since 2013 for the Packers. They bring back a significant portion of that roster, including leading scorer Abdi Adan. Prep, which has played in seven of the past nine state finals, will lose 17 seniors. Kearney doesn’t slip past No. 3 because of its body of work. The Bearcats lost a key part of its attack before the state tournament, and it showed in a first-round upset loss to Papillion-La Vista. In its first season in Class A, Gretna finishes ranked fourth, one spot ahead of the Lincoln Southwest team it beat in the first round.

Class B

1. Omaha Skutt 15-4 1

2. Columbus 14-5 5

3. South Sioux City 14-5 3

4. Lexington 14-3 2

5. Crete 14-3 6

6. Omaha Gross 14-5 4

7. Omaha Roncalli 12-7 8

8. North Platte 11-10 7

9. Columbus Scotus 13-5 9

10. GI Northwest 11-4 10

COMMENTS: A late-season change in formation led to six straight shutouts and a state title for Skutt. The SkyHawks had given up nine goals in their previous five matches before the switch. Columbus, the team Skutt beat in a shootout for the Class B title Monday night, finishes second. The Discoverers bring back Ivan Rios and his 23 goals, but will move to Class A next season. South Sioux City stays in the top three based more on a regular season that included a conference tournament title over Skutt, and less on a district final shootout loss to North Platte that kept the Cardinals out of the state tournament. Lexington and Crete both lose big-time scorers, but have quality rosters capable of being back in the thick of things.

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