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North Star vs. Lincoln High, girls soccer, 3/30

Lincoln North Star Megan Messersmith makes a diving catch to control the ball on a free kick before Lincoln High's Lily Reineke (2) can get a boot on it in a March 30 match. Messersmith's return this season gives the Navigators a boost.

Lincoln East

Coach: Chuck Morgan (16th year).

2018: 10-6 (district finalist).

Outlook: Senior Josie Arduser and sophomore Haley Peterson each scored 10 goals last season and lead nine returning starters.

Lincoln High

Coach: Shelly Fargo (second year).

2018: 6-10.

Outlook: With eight returning starters, Lincoln High has more experienced soccer players compared with most years.

Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central

Coach: Dave Gosselin (10th year).

2018: 6-6.

Outlook: All-city defender Grace Soenksen leads 10 returning starters for a team that gained a lot of experience last season.

Northeast

Coach: Jose Hidalgo (first year).

2018: 6-9.

Outlook: The season could be a challenge for the Rockets after the graduation of Super-State forward Tiannah Moore. Her 24 goals scored last season were more than half of the team’s goals.

North Star

Coach: Rusty Moreno (third year).

2018: 8-10.

Outlook: Forward Madison Boeker is already one of the leading goal scorers in program history, and the Gators also have a good goalie with Megan Messersmith.

Lincoln Pius X

Coach: Steve Andersen.

2018: 7-8 (district finalist).

Outlook: All-city midfielder Julia Suelter helps lead 10 returning starters. Pius X is the smallest school in Class A, based on female enrollment.

Southeast

Coach: Jim Ageton (fifth year).

2018: 15-2 (state qualifier).

Outlook: Senior forward Cassie Nash scored 14 goals last year, and defender McKenzie Boeve earned all-state honors last season.

Southwest

Coach: Thomas Nettleton (eighth year).

2018: 12-4 (state semifinalist).

Outlook: Southwest’s eight returning starters include all-city players Maranda Kavan (15 goals), Baylee Drahota and Reagan Wells. The Silver Hawks have been in the state semifinals four consecutive years.

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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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