Nebraska high school boys soccer ratings by World-Herald staff writer Nick Rubek, as published in The World-Herald on May 8.

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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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