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Lincoln East vs. Omaha Westside, A state boys soccer, 5/10

Omaha Westside's Miltiadis Hatzidakis (16) and Lincoln East's Zion Osorio (6) fight for the ball in a Class A state soccer quarterfinal match at Morrison Stadium on May 10, 2017.

Lincoln East

Coach: Colin Smitsek (second year).

2018: 8-8 (district finalist).

Outlook: The returning all-city players for the Spartans are Eli Brown, Alex Kohler and Zion Osorio.

Lincoln High

Coach: Alex Cerny (second year).

2018: 9-8.

Outlook: All-city midfielder Chris Izaguirre leads six returning starters, and the Links also added a few transfer players who could help.

Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central

Coach: Jeremiah Majorins (second year).

2018: 6-8.

Outlook: Majorins feels really good about the eight returning starters, but some younger players will need to step in and play well.

Northeast

Coach: Chris Simley (seventh year).

2018: 3-11.

Outlook: The Rockets have improved each of the past few years, and with nine returning starters, they feel like they’re ready to take another step this season. Five of the losses last season came by just one goal.

North Star

Coach: Jason Brunott (fifth year).

2018: 12-7 (state qualifier).

Outlook: This could be a rebuilding year for the Gators, who lost in the first round of state last season. North Star lost 12 players to graduation, and four to transfer. The transfers include Super-State midfielder Luka Nedic, who is now at Omaha South.

Pius X

Coaches: Micah Chaffee and David Wright.

2018: 8-8.

Outlook: Pius X is the second-largest school playing Class B boys soccer this year, but will be playing mostly Class A schools during the regular season because the Thunderbolts are in the Heartland Athletic Conference now. There are only three seniors on the team.

Southeast

Coach: Michael Rozsa (fifth year).

2018: 5-10.

Outlook: All-city forward Yushin Gossin and all-city midfielder Tim Goldsmith lead eight returning starters.

Southwest

Coach: Derek Scheich (third year).

2018: 16-2 (state semifinalist).

Outlook: Southwest has to fill some gaps left by a really big and talented class of 12 seniors, but Scheich thinks Southwest can eventually get to the point where it can have more success at the state tournament.

— Brent Wagner

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Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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