The path to earning a berth in the state soccer tournament became more clear for teams Wednesday, and several teams from Lincoln have put themselves in good position to do so.
The Nebraska School Activities Association released pairings for district tournaments for Class A and subdistrict tournaments in Class B.
In Class A girls, three Lincoln teams earned No. 1 seeds and the right to host a district tournament based on NSAA wild-card points. Lincoln Southeast (10-1), Lincoln East (11-3) and Lincoln Southwest (9-3) will each host a district.
The other No. 1 seeds in Class A girls are Omaha Marian, Millard West, Gretna and Bellevue West.
The A-4 district hosted by Lincoln East is an interesting one. There are three Lincoln teams — East, Lincoln High and Lincoln Northeast — and also Millard North.
Millard North will be an intriguing team to watch. The Mustangs were Class A state champions last year, but this season five players who could have played for the Mustangs made the decision to play for a club team instead of high school soccer. The Mustangs have struggled, with a 6-8 record, but all but one loss has come against a ranked team. Lincoln East is ranked sixth, and Millard North 10th. Lincoln East will be trying to make state for the first time since 2014. The championship game in that district is May 2.
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In Class A boys, Lincoln Southwest (11-2) and Lincoln East (10-3) both earned a No. 1 district seed.
The other top seeds are Omaha South, Kearney, Gretna, Creighton Prep and Papillion-La Vista. Kearney won state last year and has won 26 consecutive matches over two seasons.
Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central earned the No. 1 seed in the B-6 girls subdistrict after having a 9-2 record during the regular season. The subdistrict will be played at Spirit Park on Monday and Tuesday.
In the Class B boys subdistricts, Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central and Lincoln Pius X are in B-4 at Norris. The other teams are Beatrice and Waverly.
The format for Class B is that the winning team in each subdistrict will qualify for the district final round. Eight additional teams will also qualify on the basis of the wild-card selection procedure. The district final games are May 4.