High school soccer season begins with many good girls players sitting out – Lincoln Journal Star

This may be one of the best times ever in regard to the talent level for girls soccer in Nebraska.

There are lots of players planning to play college soccer at the NCAA Division I and II levels. In 2018, the Nebraska women’s soccer team only had three players from Nebraska on the team, but that will change in future years, with at least seven in-state players committed to Nebraska.

But most people won’t ever watch some of those good players because the players have made the decision to not play high school soccer in favor of year-round club soccer. Most people aren’t traveling the region to watch club matches, but they’ll watch the players during the high school season, especially at the state tournament. There were about 3,700 fans at the girls state championship matches last year.

Lincoln East sophomore Haley Peterson is one of those players committed to play in college for the Huskers. She committed to Nebraska about one month ago, fulfilling a goal.

“I’m a really competitive person, and I really like competing with others and Division I is the highest level,” Peterson said.

Peterson started on varsity right away as a freshman. She’ll be the first Lincoln East player for the Huskers in about 15 years.

“This kid has got a lot of skills. She’s definitely at another level,” Lincoln East coach Chuck Morgan said. “She can accelerate, she’s got some great moves, good vision. I think (Nebraska soccer coach John Walker) is right on this one.”

Like many high school soccer players, Peterson plays for a club team. But with her club team, Villarreal Nebraska, the players play for their school in the spring. That’s also the case for other clubs in Omaha, Gretna and Lincoln.

But a decision by one Omaha club will have an impact on high school soccer for at least one year, and maybe in the future.

The big shift occurred when Sporting Omaha FC took its existing club and made

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