Final 2017 ratings: Nebraska boys soccer – May 20

TOP 10, Rec., Prv.

1. Omaha Creighton Prep, 19-3, 2

2. Omaha Westside, 17-3, 1

3. Elkhorn South, 20-0, 3

4. South Sioux City, 19-4, 4

5. Kearney, 18-4, 8

6. Millard West, 13-8, 9

7. Omaha South, 13-7, 5

8. Papillion-La Vista South, 14-5 , 6

9. Lincoln North Star, 15-4, 7

10. Omaha Central, 11-7, NR

CLASS A

1. Omaha Creighton Prep, 19-3, 2

2. Omaha Westside, 17-3, 1

3. Kearney, 18-4, 6

4. Millard West, 13-8, 7

5. Omaha South, 13-7, 3

6. Papillion-La Vista South, 14-5, 4

7. Lincoln North Star, 15-4, 5

8. Omaha Central, 11-7, 9

9. Omaha Burke, 11-8, 10

10. Lincoln East, 11-7, 8

COMMENTS: The season ends where it began, with Prep on top followed by Westside. The two were as close to 1a and 1b as it gets, evidenced by three matches decided by a combined four goals. Prep will be replacing 15 seniors, but leading scorer Junior Noutoua and state final hero Tommy Braun will be back. Westside will have a little more left in the cupboard but must fill the void of Jack Finocchiaro, who led the Warriors in scoring each of the last two seasons. Two of the most dynamic scorers in Class A — Kearney’s Royce Austen and Jonathan Velasquez of Lincoln North Star — return next year, too. Omaha South and Omaha Central were young all over the field, so you can throw the Packers and Eagles into the mix for early favorites in 2018.

CLASS B

1. Elkhorn South, 20-0, 1

2. South Sioux City, 19-4, 2

3. Schuyler, 18-3, 3

4. Columbus, 13-7, 4

5. Ralston, 15-8, 5

6. Lexington, 16-4, 6

7. Gretna, 11-8, 8

8. Norfolk Lutheran/Catholic, 15-4, 7

9. Omaha Skutt, 10-6, 9

10. Omaha Gross, 10-5, 10

COMMENTS: They saved the best for last in Class B boys. Elkhorn South and South Sioux City put on a show in the finals. South Sioux led on two separate occasions only to fall 3-2 in overtime. Both teams lose their top three scorers but looked like programs that would reload moving forward. Lexington appears set to take the program’s next step after making its ninth state tournament in 10 years. The Minutemen will need to find themselves a keeper and replace a couple of pieces in the midfield, but four of their top five scorers — and 86 percent of their goals overall — return next season.

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